As part of my research to own a budgie, I've been looking at cages. My plan is to purchase the cage ahead of time so I can get it positioned and set up for the new arrival. My issue is space. I live in a 2 bedroom ~1100 sq foot apartment and there aren't many places to put a large cage. I want the cage in the main living space so that there is plenty of interaction so that eliminates the second bedroom. I do have space on my dining table, which is used as a work area and not a dining table, for a tabletop model. I could rearrange some furniture in the living space for a floor model but would rather not. I do have one area but it would be in a corner and would block a storage closet. I'm wondering if I put it there if it's OK to move the cage temporarily if I need access. Would this distress the bird too much? Thanks for any input.
Hi Norm. I don't think rolling a cage from in front of the door when you need to get in closet will bother your bird at all. Mine spent time in a rolling cage that I moved daily to vacuum underneath, and it never bothered them. If you go that route, I highly recommend the prevue hendryx F040 which a lot of our members have and if you search around internet it has been found as low as $89 US which is the mother of all bargains. Biggest consideration for you is heating and cooling ducts, and drafty doors or windows. You need to keep cage away from all of those. Also, there are many household hazards that you need to be aware of, I will post you a link to read when I find it ..
Thanks for the quick reply. This particular corner is an inside wall and across the room from a window, door and heat/ac vent. There is a return vent at the ceiling over the closet door. Obviously the golf clubs will have to go and the secretary moved to the right a tad.
Well I discovered today that deciding on which cage to get may be more difficult than choosing a budgie. I like the F040 but not sure I'm prepared to pay $125 for a cage. It's just a mental thing. I do want the bird to be happy and down the road I would certainly entertain getting a second male. I like the idea that it is on rollers so that I can move it easily into the center of the room if necessary.
Went to the locally owned pet store, but their selection of cages was poor at best. They did have a number of budgies in a large aviary cage and enjoyed watching them for a time. Using my keen sense of sexing...ahem....I was able to pick out a green male. He was nuzzling with a blue female in between taking short flights in the cage. There were only a few greens, my favorite, but I couldn't sex the others as they flitted about. It was a fun field trip, to say the least.
I agree with Randy, I have five of the Prevue Hendryx F040 flight cages. They are on casters and I move them around on a regular basis. No matter how much out-of-cage time you give your budgie, the bigger the cage you can provide for it, the better. I have single birds in F040s and the utilize all the space in the cage and love having all that room to play.
Here are four flight cages in my 9x12 bedroom:
One of mine is right in front of my closet door so it gets moved multiple times throughout each day.
As far as spending $125.00 for a cage, it is an investment, yes but well worth the output of money. I tried a couple of smaller cages (and less expensive cages) in the past and they simply don't compare.
I have a fairly small cage where my budgies go for quarantine and the difference when I go them their new cage is much more noticeable. I can say that they seem a lot happier to be in the new cage and want to be in there. They still get the chance to come out every day and sometimes, they don't even want to and are quite content to sit there.
Also, consider that your budgie might live to a good age. Splashing out a little more won't hurt in the long run. maybe wait and see if there's any sales on nearer thanksgiving/black friday/Christmas.
I have a much smaller cage than the ones posted but my budgie is only in there to sleep and when I'm not home.....I spend a lot of time at home so she doesn't spend much time in the cage. She's really good about spending time on her playground while she's out. Yes, its a pain to clean up her droppings!