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

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I am looking at 2 cages one is 30x18x18 with all vertical bars the other one is 26x14x20 with horizontal bars on the sides and vertical on front. Which one of these cages would be best for one budgie? Thanks

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greetings hmm both are ideal cage sizes for a single budgie.but I like the first choice though the 30x18x18.my cage is around close to that size and plenty big for my Gracie.blessings always
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I'm assuming you are planning to give the budgie out-of-cage time every day in a bird-proofed room, is that correct?

If so, either cage will be fine as long as only one budgie is housed in it.


Minimum size for 1 budgie-------18x18x18"
Volume = 5,832" cubic inches

Minimum size for 2 budgies-----30x18x18"
Volume = 9,720" cubic inches

When it comes to cages, bigger is better as long as you ensure the bar spacing is no more than 1/2".

Having a cage with a slide out lower grate makes cleaning the cage much easier.
If you are looking at the Petco White Finch Cage 30 x 18 x 18 that one does not have a removable bottom grate.

26*14*20 = 7280 cubic inches

30*18*18 = 9720 cubic inches

If you could attach the links to the two cages I can give you better advice as I've had several different cages myself.

I like to put the newspaper on top of the bottom grate to help keep things clean.
Changing the paper out a couple of times a day makes it easy to allow the budgie to use that area to forage for
their ration of a daily quality seed mix.
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The horizontal bars are important for climbing exercise. Your Budgies will climb and slide and walk on the inside top of the cage. We like to concentrate toys at the top 1/3rd and leave the lower areas for wing exercise. We put toys all over top and bottom, but make the toys feel like tree leaves to hide behind at the top. Soft rope perch at the top area so the place to sleep and give feet a brake. Watch and check for red sore underside of the feet. Important to have two large doors to service the cage and small doors for food. A floor grate , movable to clean and a slide out tray to clean and replace debris. It helps to have a mesh guard to reduce seed and feather scatter. A towel on back and sides and part of top will reduce fear of predator coming up from.
behind/overhead. Replace any soft perches where the strings are being chewed as this can form ball in crop and will not digest and is often lethal .
The perches that have a smooth surface on top and sand on side to keep nails trimed. Lava rocks are great bird fairs often have larger ones available.
We use cactus perches and well as , grape , natural branches with different thickness and hardness. Kabobs Manu roses cuttlebone , brown salt wheel,
are also good the more the better. We are trying to expose our birds to as much as possible so that they will out grow fear of the unknown . Practice
small cage transport to reduce fear of the vet. the more toys and rotation the better. Keep your birds wonder what will be next. They will be more active. Blessings, Jo Ann
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Thanks for the suggestions... The 30x18x18 is a prevue flight cage I saw on Walmart.com for 41.70.... The 26x14x20 is a prevue cage at pets art for 54.99. I think either size will be fine but wasn't sure how important the horizontal bars are? If the horizontal bars are not that big of a deal I will just go with the bigger cage. Thanks
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Unless you have a "special-needs/handicapped" budgie, Horizontal bars are not necessary.

All of my budgies have had vertical bars and they climb up them with no problem whatsoever.

To me, the more important thing is to ensure there is a removable bottom grate.

I, personally, find it very difficult to deal with cages with grates that are not removable.

I'm sure you'll make the decision that is right for your situation.
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