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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries
Thread Description:Should I use the really big cage I have or the small one

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I have a new lil guy, and he is on day two of quarantine( technically it hasnt even bee 24 hours) so the cage he is in right now is pretty small, not something you can keep a budgie in permanently. I have another cage im not using thats rather big, bigger than my normal cage(a toddler would fit in it) I would have Charlie, my older girl, in it but it has no horizontal bars, so moving around is hard. would it be better to have him in the big cage where its hard to move around, and have him eventually move to a smaller (about three budgies would fit) cage with charlie? or leave him in the small cage for a month. charlie was fine when she stayed in the quarantine cage(i had no other option) but now I have another option and would like to know whats best. I also dont have a surface for the large cage to sit on, I live in an apartment, not much room.

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Keeping him in the smaller cage during the quarantine period will be fine unless it is super-small.

What are the cage dimensions - Length, Width and Height?
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the small one is 11"x9"x15" rather small. the person at the pet store said it was fine for a temp cage, and i was new to budgies so i believed him. the big cage is 24"x19"x26"
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I'd definitely use the bigger cage for quarantine if it were me.

The little cage would be fine for use as a hospital cage or for travel simply to and from the vet.
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alright thank you, once hes a bit more relaxed and he is eating and drinking, ill transfer him. any suggestion on how to make it easier for him to get around? there was a very young cockatiel in there once and he had a lot of trouble getting around, I find wooden perches that span that long, and with only vertical bars, I would have to find ones that hold in place. I've bought two natural branch perches but they arent very long, ones a little big (it was for the cockatiel) so I imagine it wouldnt be a favourite place to sit.
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is this good? do you think new birdie(I really need a name) will be mad when He joins charlie in the smaller cage? I'm really not a fan of this cage. hes standing on the bottom of the little one right now, its stressing me out.
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How big is the smaller cage you plan on having the two budgies live in after quarantine is over?

Length x Width x Height


Don't worry about him standing in the bottom of the small cage right now. That's fine that he's doing so.
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26"x14"x25
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The cage you currently have Charlie in, 24x14x25 is only 8,400 cubic inches.
That cage will not large enough for two budgies.

The minimum recommended size for two budgies would be 30"x18"x18" which comes to 9,720 cubic inches

The bigger cage you have at 24"x19"x26" is 11,856 cubic inches which would be adequate for the two budgies.

The fact that the cage doesn't have horizontal bars really shouldn't be an issue unless one of your birds is handicapped.
None of my cages have horizontal bars and all nine budgies get around in them with no problems whatsoever.

Budgies can hop from perch to perch, flutter from one perch to another and/or use their beak to assist them in climbing.

I have the Prevue Hendryx F040 and F050 flight cages for my birds.
Two budgies are in an F040 cage and the other seven are in the F050.
Take a look at the link for an example of the type cages I'm referring to.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...e+hendryx+F040
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I cant afford a new cage, so I guess when quarantine is over I'll try to get charlie to go to the big cage. She really hates change, it takes at least two weeks to introduce a new toy. I dont want to try to change anything for her right now, with merlins passing. but hopefully I can tame her in the next month or so, and she'll be more receptive to change. I never knew their cage was too small The person at the pet store said it would fit four budgies, so I figured it meant it would actually fit 2.
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