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

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Hi! i'm new to this forum and thinking about getting a budgie soon. i just want to do full research and make sure everything is going to be perfect.
i've been looking at cages etc and came across people turning display or tv cabinets into cages? heres some photos of what i've been looking at:




would that be okay to do? i like how its a bit different compared to just normal cages. also would it be okay to just have a open caged front (the doors) and then the sides enclosed with the wood?
would this whole cage be safe for them?

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Welcome to the forums!

For overall practical and also general health and hygiene reasons, transforming a cabinet into a fully functioning cage may not work.
The first thing that comes to mind is the cage cleaning which would be more troublesome.
Some budgies can bathe or even make a mess with their water containers (and with their fresh foods, dripping wet veggies, for example) and that combined with wood is not a good mix as with time the wood can swell up when in contact with water and this would also facilitate the appearance of mould.
Budgies also like to chew and if given access can chew through the wood on this cabinet cage.
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I had two cabinet cages up until last year.

At first, I was in love with them. I was proud of the work that my husband and I did to transform them. They looked great too, and were very unique.

The only thing I didn't like was the cleaning. They didn't have slide out trays or grates, so I ended up using dried corn bedding, which looked much nicer than newspaper. While this was fine for quite some time, it did eventually get on my nerves, and it was a pain in the butt to clean and exchange the bedding so often.

The walls of the cabinet were also another concern. It got to the point where no amount of scrubbing would take off all the poop, dried on food, and when they took a bath, the water would discolour the wood.

With that being said, I did have more than just one budgie in my cabinets, so the mess was definitely more than what you are going to deal with, just with one bird. (But keep in mind the mess if you do decide to get more birds)


Overall, I did like my cabinets for a long time, but I'm also really happy that I switched to regular cages.
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Welcome to the forums!

For overall practical and also general health and hygiene reasons, transforming a cabinet into a fully functioning cage may not work.
The first thing that comes to mind is the cage cleaning which would be more troublesome.
Some budgies can bathe or even make a mess with their water containers (and with their fresh foods, dripping wet veggies, for example) and that combined with wood is not a good mix as with time the wood can swell up when in contact with water and this would also facilitate the appearance of mould.
Budgies also like to chew and if given access can chew through the wood on this cabinet cage.
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I had two cabinet cages up until last year.

At first, I was in love with them. I was proud of the work that my husband and I did to transform them. They looked great too, and were very unique.

The only thing I didn't like was the cleaning. They didn't have slide out trays or grates, so I ended up using dried corn bedding, which looked much nicer than newspaper. While this was fine for quite some time, it did eventually get on my nerves, and it was a pain in the butt to clean and exchange the bedding so often.

The walls of the cabinet were also another concern. It got to the point where no amount of scrubbing would take off all the poop, dried on food, and when they took a bath, the water would discolour the wood.

With that being said, I did have more than just one budgie in my cabinets, so the mess was definitely more than what you are going to deal with, just with one bird. (But keep in mind the mess if you do decide to get more birds)


Overall, I did like my cabinets for a long time, but I'm also really happy that I switched to regular cages.

okay! thanks so much for your replies i can see exactly what you're saying. i'll have a look for some normal cages and will probably be posting on this forum quite often
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You're very welcome and good luck on your search for a good cage!
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I agree that having a "regular" cage is the better option.
In additional to problems in cleaning a "cabinet cage", you also have to take into consideration what type of wood the cabinet is made from (not all woods are safe for budgies) and whether or not the wood has been stained and finished. Budgies will chew on the wood and can easily become ill if the wood has been treated.

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I recommend getting a big cage - budgies enjoy a big cage and oddly, the larger size cages are easier to me to keep clean.

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The cabinet cages look nice, but a nice smart budgie cage that is made for the job will be much better for your birds. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide on.
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Hi there and to the forums!

I'm glad you're researching so much before getting a little budgie! That truly speaks well for you as a future budgie owner and I can tell that any little bird will be lucky to have you as a "parront"

I can't wait to see which cage you choose! As mentioned, bigger is better, as long as the bar spacing doesn't exceed 1/2 inch to eliminate the risk of him or her getting stuck between the bars.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to read through the links provided to stay posted on the best budgie practices and care! After reading through everything, any and all questions are welcome

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yes i have read through pretty much all of it now
this is the cage im thinking about getting the bars are 1.5cm

i'm also just thinking about if i should get one or two, i think i'm going to get males. could anyone post a link talking about that? would they be harder to keep tame if i had two? (i will be getting hand raised ones).
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