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Old 08-27-2016, 08:43 AM
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I am getting a supplies list of items that I need together and was wanting some input from you. I have read some articles on recommended cage supplies, but would like to know your thoughts on what necessities I should start out with. So far I have the following: cuttlefish bone and mineral block, 3-4 perches (natural wood, rope, and pedi-perch maybe), a swing, some sort of chewing / destroying toy, a climbing toy of some kind, and at least 2 water and food dishes. If you have any feedback about adding something or anything I should avoid, please let me know.

I am also going to a bird fair next weekend in hopes that I can get some good deals on supplies. I am not intending to purchase birds at the fair, but I would also appreciate your feedback if you have had any experience with any of the vendors selling supplies or birds so that I know to avoid someone or make an effort to stop by their booth. The link to the fairís vendor list is here. It is near Atlanta, GA. If the forum does not allow public reviews of vendors, it would be awesome if you could pm me if you have had good / bad experiences.

Also, if there are any supplies that you think they would have at the fair, that would be difficult or expensive to purchase otherwise, I would love your feedback.

Thanks, as always, for your time and help!

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Old 08-27-2016, 10:59 AM
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I'd recommend having a swing for each budgie.
I have nine budgies and they each sleep on one of the swings every night.



A bell, or toys with bells are favorites of all my birds

You know the dangers of rope perches and I'm sure you will be vigilant in using it.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...eled-toys.html

You might want to consider a comfy clam perch and/or mineral/calcium perch. I have both in all of my birds' cages and the love them.





A coral beak buffer and a manu clay rose are always good choices





Have a great time at the bird fair.
Jo Ann will be the best person to give you advice regarding vendors at the fair in Atlanta as she has attended many of them.

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Thanks! Do you think having a single mineral-based item is enough? (i.e. a mineral perch or one of the kind that attach to the cage side)?
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I would say it wouldn't hurt to have more than one. I have calcium perches but also a calcium block. I also keep a couple attached outside the cages too as the birds do like to have a nibble when they're out of their cages.
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I have a cuttlebone, mineral block, comfy clam perch, coral beak buffer, manu rose and mineral perch in each one of my cages.

Of course, I have F040s and an F050 so room isn't an issue.

Those things are in addition to their grapevine perches and toys, of course.

One mineral block in addition to the cuttlebone will be fine.
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LOL. That is a lot of minerals. Maybe when I combine both halves of my DCN (and have the 4' tall cage) then I will have room for an assortment like you have.

Do you find the grapevine perches clean easily? Whenever I've tried to use them in a reptile enclosure where they are exposed to water (misting) they get moldy fast, so I wasn't sure how easily they could be cleaned with water and hold up.
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Personally, if you are set on going to the bird fair, I would take strict precautions to reduce chances of disease transmission. I've seen where they've done experiments by swabbing tables and things in the environment at bird fairs across the country, and the results were shocking. Disease particles from deadly viruses were not uncommon. Shower, change clothes, wash shoes. I would only buy the kind of items that you can thoroughly sanitize. Otherwise, have fun!
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Ravensgryf- Thank you for the advice. I've seen similar issues with reptile shows. I typically bring hand sanitizer for myself. I don't currently have any birds at home, so I don't have to worry about transmitting anything, but I will definitely change clothes as soon as I get back. I do have disinfectant spray I can use on my shoes as well.
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Ravensgryf- Thank you for the advice. I've seen similar issues with reptile shows. I typically bring hand sanitizer for myself. I don't currently have any birds at home, so I don't have to worry about transmitting anything, but I will definitely change clothes as soon as I get back. I do have disinfectant spray I can use on my shoes as well.
I'm not familiar with how it is with reptiles, but the contagious diseases that affect birds, it's the viral ones you need to be concerned about. Of course no one wants their bird to get a bacterial infection either, but the viral ones are scary because not only are they contagious and deadly, once affected, it is rare that the body clears the virus. Not every disinfectant will kill these viruses. There is a good wide spectrum 'heavy hitter' disinfectant that is available at least nationally in the US called F10 which is effective against avian virus.

I might sound paranoid, but it's because I've been around birds, particularly Psittacines (parrots, parakeets) for 20+ years and I have heard and seen first hand how common deadly viruses are. Years ago I've been to some fairs. I got a great tabletop parrot stand that I still use for my bigger guys. I sanitized the heck out of it of course. It was a great find, so much less than retail price. Go wear your hazmat suit and have fun .
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That sounds like a lot of fun Great advice so far, let us know how it goes!
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