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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries

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Old 11-17-2015, 12:53 AM
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Hello

So I was wondering if I could get some advice on whether or not a second hand cage is such a great idea. I have found a cage at our local produce but it's $300 which is something I can't afford right now while looking for a job and trying to keep Bucky and his friend happy and healthy.

I've found it for $60 from someone who is leaving the country, I'm sending my mum to look at it on Saturday as I'm away for a few days and was wondering what your opinions were on the whole second hand cage thing?

In looking at it, I've given her instructions to check for: wire warping, rust, paint peeling and just the general look of it.

If we were to find it acceptable and purchase it, how would I go about disinfecting it and making it almost 'brand new'.

I believe the coating on the paint on this cage is powder coating so it might need a fresh coat how would I go about doing that?

Thank you,
Maddie

p.s. i am aware that $60 is extremely cheap which is why I want a thorough check to make sure it's A OK

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Old 11-17-2015, 07:36 AM
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$60 may sound very cheap but if someone is wanting a quick sale because they are leaving the country it is probably ok.

Disinfection is 90% elbow grease and 10% disinfectant. Wash and scrub with a bleach solution and then sunlight is one of the best disinfectants you can get. Be careful if the base is plastic as heat will make it warp.

If it does need any painting then a can of spray paint is usually all that is necessary. I have to touch up my show cages every couple of years and I just use cheap spray paint obtained from $2 shops. The bases of my show cages were originally powder coated and that can only be done on base metal, it cannot be powder coated and they do get knocked around on the show bench. I just use spray Gloss Black and for the bars I use Chrome as the Silver does not coat very well. Spray cans are usually water based paint. Just make sure you paint it in an open airy place and let it dry for a couple of weeks at least. Gloss Black is usually the best colour to paint the cages as it shows up the birds inside better and covers better. You will need to disassemble the cage to do it properly, but then you should do that to clean the cage anyway.
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I'm betting the finish on a $300 cage is pretty durable, and unless it's been totally abused, will be in good shape with disinfecting being the only real concern. Kate has given you great advice....
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I am not familiar with this cage but I would also make sure the bar spacing is 1/2 inch. Sounds like a great deal!
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I agree with the advice offered.
Make sure your Mom knows to specifically measure the width of the space between the cage bars to ensure they are no more than 1/2".
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