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Default Cage Review - Prevue Flight Cage Kit - Size 26L" x 14"W x 22.25"H (8100 cubic inches)

Well.... I never saw a happier bird than when I put my 5-ish month old budgie in this cage today.

And I can't blame him. I've had him for a week, and at the pet store - I bought the least expensive small cage, because I knew I'd buy something better online. Their selection at the store wasn't good (lots of house shaped sizes, and mostly tall other than wide. And pricey.)

I landed on this cage. The Flight Cage "Kit" from Prevue:

Prevue Pet Products Flight Cage Bird Cage Kit 91340 - 12131623 - Overstock.com Shopping - The Best Prices on Prevue Pet Products Bird Cages & Houses

You get the cage, and it comes with a swing and some toys & misc. accessories, such as:

- a seed catcher (which I've not put on)
- 3 wooden perches
- a mineral block
- a small wooden ladder
- cuttlebone
- something called "Pacific Perch" (made out of a shells.)
- a mirror toy with a bell. I took the bell off the mirror and just hung the bell.
- Also came with an attachment to make your own perches from wood in your yard. [ I don't think I'd do that, because I believe there are some safety issues with that. ]

- And, a toy called "Tropical Teaser Shreddable" -- which is in there for now, but don't think it will stay. The toy seems suspect. Any thoughts? Is that safe...?
<< Prevue Tropical Teasers Firecracker Bird Toy is ideal for nest building, while providing hours of plucking fun. It features 100% natural dehydrated and sterilized coconut fiber for nest building, with other colorful materials such as knotted ropes, wooden shapes, feathers, plastic beads, and rattan strips. It includes a quick-link for easy cage attachment. Prevue Tropical Teasers Firecracker Bird Toy is approximately 13 L x 3 W. Recommended for small and medium birds. >>>
*Note that the selection of toys and accessories varies. The selection I received, might be different for others, but, essentially the same minus one or two variables. (i.e. I got a mirror toy, but you might get a different toy.)

The cage is not "perfect"... but, it's good for now. It's pretty much the largest one that could work in the space that I have to work with at the moment. That situation may change, but this one fit the bill for now size-wise. (I looked at Hagen Vision cages, but stayed away because they seem less convenient than having a drawer. I could be wrong, but I found the floor model at Petco cumbersome.)

I wish it were white instead of black.

I am suspicious of the grill on the bottom of the cage. (It is removeable, but only if you take the cage off of the base. It doesn't slide out like the Clean Flight cages by Prevue.) The grill doesn't seem like it fits evenly, and I'm a bit concerned about accidents and that grill. (Feet and toes getting caught in-between the grill and the plastic sides.)

Otherwise... some thoughts:

- it wasn't hard to put together

- all the parts fit together well, and it wasn't bent

- 2 sides have horizontal bars, the other sides are vertical.

- i would never get bars farther than 1/2" apart, because my bird was so into this cage he was scratching his head on the horizontal bars. Had they been wider apart, they way he was scratching his head... I could totally see heads getting stuck in between wider bars.

- roomy for my bird and he has been flying around

- he is not as enthusiastic to jump on my hand now, as he was when he was in the tiny cage. (can't say I blame him.

- it's amazing that he was noticeably so much happier, immediately --- so to all those out there buying new cages --- the biggest you can get (& no plastic dowels / perches) is clearly a great way to go.

- the drawer comes out the front easily and regular newspaper does the trick & fits well

- the food/water cups are sturdy and attractive and have hoods that help with the mess

- I love the flat top. Never will I have anything but a flat / square top, because it makes for a great play area for the budgie.

- My bird noticeably loves wooden perches over plastic. No question. (I ordered some natural branch perches online that haven't arrived yet.)

- The big door on this cage goes side-to-side, but within it is a smaller guillotine door (which I'm securing with mini clothespins.) The food doors are guillotine and need to be secured as well.

Questions:

- Is that coconut husk toy ok?

- Is the "Planet Pleasures" toy (stars & balls) safe? [ I bought this separately at Petco. Didn't come with the kit. ]

- Any idea how to make the wooden dowels stay in place? The (3) dowels that came with the cage move around quite a bit. It's like they're a touch short in width so they move around when my bird lands on them.

- Is it better to have dowels / perches that go front-to-back instead of side-to-side (i.e. Left to right as you see in the photo) in a flight cage?

- My bird loves to eat fresh wheatgrass. It's in the cage as you see in the photo. He loves it. (I bought something called "Pet Greens" at the pet store. Pet Greens by Bell Rock Growers It was $5.99. Live wheatgrass.)


All in all this wasn't a bad cage + accessories, for $59.00 flat. (Shipping and no tax on Overstock. I used a 15% off coupon. Overstock offers discounts regularly (typically 10 or 12%... so if you can wait until they send you a discount to your email after you sign up for their mailing list.)


Lots of questions I know. Hopefully this review was helpful.

Thx!
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Hey there, it's nice that your little friend is happy in that cage!

Regarding the perches moving around, it seems to me to be a design flaw. The bars mostly run horizontally, so perches can move left or right. Were they vertical, they would move up and down and gravity would make them stay down.

You could try to add a vertical notch on some perch so it would look like a + sign, and set it where a horizontal and vertical bar intersect.

Other than that, maybe run 2 budgie safe ropes around each end of the perch, tie the first rope to a bar on the front and the other rope to a bar on the back. That would prevent them to move. Good luck
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I'm glad your budgie is enjoying his new home!

I'd personally remove the bottom grill totally and just use the bottom pull out tray. My budgies love to run around on the newspaper on the bottom of their cages. In fact, when I clean their cages morning and evening, they get their ration of seed on the clean newspaper to help encourage their foraging instincts.

Since you are replacing the dowel rods with natural wood perches that will be much better for your budgie's feet, I wouldn't worry about the dowels being a bit wobbly. Birds perch on wobbly tree branches in the wild so the fact they move a bit isn't really a big deal. The direction the perches should run simply depends on how you want to set up the cage.
It's important to ensure the perches are far enough away from the sides of the cage so your budgie isn't smashing up against the cage bars too much when he sits on the perch. The two you have in the back of the cage look like they are almost against the bars but maybe that's just the angle of the picture.

The toys pictured in the first image are fine.

I'm glad you removed the mirror from the bell.

I'd only use the second toy you pictured out of the cage under supervision and be sure to trim the rope fringe down to no more than 1/2 ".

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

Hopefully that covered all your questions.
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Simon and The Budgies all give 4 claws up to Planet Pleasure shredder toys. They all have them in their own cages, but the budgies have decided that Simon needs help demolishing the large one in his cage.
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I'm so glad that he's enjoying his new cage! That is a pretty good cage for the space.

I also would remove the grate permanently. It's just too much work for cleaning wise and I agree that it's difficult on little budgie's feet if he wants to walk down there.

Deborah is right regarding the coconut toy, although it's really not great for him if you cut the rope he can use it under supervision (for example, during out of cage time, just to ensure that he doesn't get caught in the fibres.

The Planet Pleasures toys are great--Mallorn has several and she loves all of them

I'm sure he'll love his new wood perches when they come, too!

All in all, it sounds like you made a great choice and he's going to be a very spoiled little budgie
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Hi all... thanks for the advice & feedback. Much appreciated. He seems pretty content, so that's nice. I'm glad he seems comfortable.

I'll only use the coconut toy under supervision. Amazing that these toys make it out there to the marketplace.

I'll remove the grate too and see how he likes it. No concerns about him walking around in his own feces...?

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Hi all... thanks for the advice & feedback. Much appreciated. He seems pretty content, so that's nice. I'm glad he seems comfortable.

I'll only use the coconut toy under supervision. Amazing that these toys make it out there to the marketplace.

I'll remove the grate too and see how he likes it. No concerns about him walking around in his own feces...?

Thanks...! : )
My budgies generally only run around on the clean newspaper right after it's been changed and their seed spread on the paper for foraging.
Running around in their own feces has not been an issue.
I change the papers in my birds' cages both morning and evening.
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Great info. Thanks FaeryBee. I change the paper daily so I'll give this a try. Morning and evening is a good plan.
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Deborah has given great advice

Cleaning the cage daily, there's not a huge amount of droppings by the end of the day with only one budgie so if he does go down there, it definitely won't be too bad. Also, budgies generally prefer to perch unless there's some reason for them not to (there's food at the bottom, for example) so chances are he'll stay on his perches the whole day (my girl does) unless you give him some foraging seed in the mornings
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I switched the set-up & it's not too messy at all and the newspaper fits perfectly. True, he only is going on the paper for food and the cage is big enough that there aren't many droppings near food. Also I put the food away from perches. My bird seems very happy. He's so cute. So trusting. I love spoiling him. So far he eats likes organic wheatgrass and broccoli the best of the green things. Sort of likes organic baby kale and carrots. Scrambled eggs haven't been successful so far. Will keep trying that. Perhaps he wasn't hungry. I think I read on here that a seed only budgie will live 5 years, & a better fed budgie will go much longer.
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