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Old 01-05-2017, 01:33 PM
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Default Two questions for Hagen Vision cage owners

I'm thinking of getting a single budgie, and like a lot of people, I find these cages visually appealing. For those who own one:

Hagen's website lists a 15" cage-area depth for medium and large versions. Are you (and your bird) happy with that space?

I've seen a lot of discussion about getting access to the floor for cleaning but none about how difficult or easy it is to clean the inside of the clear plastic. I imagine that must get grungy after a bit, but it looks hard to get at. Is it in your experience?

Thanks for any help or advice.

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Are you (and your bird) happy with that space?

I've seen a lot of discussion about getting access to the floor for cleaning but none about how difficult or easy it is to clean the inside of the clear plastic. I imagine that must get grungy after a bit, but it looks hard to get at. Is it in your experience?

Thanks for any help or advice.
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Here's a recent discussion
https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...ages-good.html

In my opinion, if you want to use a grate for the top of the floor, then the lifting off business is big faff. If you're happy with paper as the floor, then it isn't a problem.

With regards to the clear plastic, actually no, it doesn't get grungy - probably because of the concave way it's angled. I just wipe mine with (?hmm) some 'bird cage cleaning fluid' and paper towels every couple of weeks when it gets a good clean out & new layers of newspaper base.

Bigger or more accurately wider is always better. If you're comparing cages, take note that the size of the barred portion of the vision cages is narrower than the base.
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Because of how the top is made, there's less than 15" for hanging items (you cannot get a lot of hooks on to the wire under the white part of the top). I have two budgies in a M02 and I do find that limiting. Once I put their two swings in, there wasn't a lot of other useable room. Obviously, this would be less of an issue with one budgie or with the large version.

There are a lot of things I like a about the vision cage, but honestly, they were just as happy in a cage like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Prevue-Produc...ords=bird+cage

I moved them because I needed that cage for something else, but the move demo'ed that the height of the cage really does matter this least.
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I used a small version of this cage for a short while when I got Jimmy and then as a quarantine cage afterwards for the others.
I agree with Leah that the plastic doesn't get dirty as much as you imagine.
I also would put paper on top of the grate to clean it, but it's not that hard to clean the grate if you don't put paper down.

And again, I found that once I stopped using the Hagen cage for quarantine, my budgies settled better. They seemed to be a little confused by the plastic base. If I were you and I really liked the cage, I'd got for the extra wide medium or large cage. The extra height isn't needed at all, but the width is going to be a lot better for your bird.
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I saw a floor sample of this cage and I wanted to like it but ran away from it. They didn't put it together in the store well, and it fell apart when I tried to lift it to test it out, and I found it a bit cumbersome. This was the medium size. I like the way it looks, but I decided it might harder for than one with a tray. I like keeping paper in the tray, loaded up with layers, and then all I have to do is pull the paper out every morning and night and then there's a clean paper underneath. I find that fast and easy. No fuss. The reason I don't keep paper on top of the grate is because Biz is an avid chewer and I stopped doing that because he ate the newspaper too much.

I have this cage for one budgie:

https://www.overstock.com/Pet-Suppli...I&searchidx=48

If you sign up for the Overstock emails you can buy it for up to a 15% discount. Don't buy it without some sort of discount. They also have the same cage that isn't a "Kit" in other colors. (Green, purple.) I found the cage kit to be a good value.

A cage I would get next, once I have more space, is this one. Here it's on sale for $100, no tax & free shipping which is a GREAT deal for this cage:

https://www.chewy.com/prevue-pet-pro...w&gclsrc=aw.ds

It also comes in white.

The cage Leah (lbeckman) recommended is good too and very affordable. I would have got that one but the "Cage Kit" worked better with the space dimensions I needed at the time.

King's Cages are highly recommended but they're pricey:

King's Cages - Avian and Pet Bird Cages, Supplies, Food, Toys, Perches, Aviaries, Pluck No More

Hope that helps....
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