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I bought cage 5824 in the link above. I plan to turn it into a travel cage for 2 budgies so need help with adaptions.

Grate should stay in or out? It is the drop in type so not on a tract to keep it in place. I am a little worried if it gets jostled a curious budgie may get trapped between the grate and plastic bottom.

Should wood dowel perches be replaced with bolt on perches so they don't slide? Would rope perches be best since they have plastic end caps that won't accidentally injure someone like the metal bolts on wood perches?

Would using zip ties to secure wire cage top to plastic bottom be best? How do you keep the edges of the zip ties from getting sharp? Sand them down or just don't trim?

I plan to secure the drop down doors shut and only use the large swing out door. Zip ties be the best bet here or something else? I don't won't them to rattle and cause extra stress.

How to keep the tray from sliding out? I was contemplating using adhesive backed velcro so it could be secured when closed but still slide out for paper changes. What have others used?

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Old 11-08-2015, 04:58 PM
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I have the same cage which I use as a travel cage.

I simply do not use the grate at all.
I put newspaper directly on the slide out tray.
The tray does not slide out when the cage is being carried and I've never been concerned about it doing so.

I use zip-ties to secure the side of the cage to the bottom and the top to the sides of the cage. I trimmed the zip ties and simply turned the cut end out pointing away from the cage. They don't slide when they are pulled taut before being cut. You can sand the ends if you are concerned about them being sharp or simply don't cut them at all.

I use bolt-in perches but a rope perch would would well if you are particularly concerned about being scratched by the screw that sticks out on a bolt-in perch. However, the cage is so light I've never had any problems, personally.
The dowel perch fits tightly enough it can be used for short trips if necessary.

Zip ties on the small doors will work well to keep them from rattling but I secure the small doors on mine with heavy duty plastic coated metal clips so I can easily open them if necessary.
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Thanks.. This is timely for me, since Lemony is FINALLY going to the avian vet tomorrow! I will use these ideas to more firmly secure the small cage I use for travel!
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Thanks for the help.
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What do you all think about using this cage as a travel cage? It's under $30 USD?????
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It looks like a good choice, Judy.

It's very similar to the one I have but the top of mine doesn't open.

Believe it or not, I bought my little Prevue Hendryx Travel Cage at Walmart.

Prevue Pet Products Econo bird cages feature a pull-out drawer for easy cleaning and are available in a great assortment of styles and colors. Our bird cages have two plastic outside access feed/water cups, 2 plastic perches, a carry handle and are designed for parakeets, canaries and other small birds. This Econo cage measures 11-1/4 inches Long, 9 inches Wide, 16-1/4 inches High with 7/16 inch wire spacing.
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I like the big door and something I personally insist as a must even in a travel cage. The only bad thing is that because it opens on top there isn't a carry handle. You will have to decide if that is a deal breaker or not.
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