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:
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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
- 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.
- 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.