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

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Hello,
My budgie Yogi is about 6 months old and I was thinking of getting him a new perch to sleep on. He has a smaller cage with 2 standard "rod" type perches and a circular swing up top that he always goes on to sleep [he is out of his cage all day though].

Since birds [especially babies] can be very temperamental I thought I'd ask, what would be better to replace his current swing? Would it be better to get a larger swing or a standard rod perch and put it higher up in the cage? And if I get him another swing would it matter if it was a circular one or a rectangular one? Does it really even matter? I just don't see how a circular swing can be comfortable for him to sleep on... But apparently it is, since he always seems to be well slept! Thanks for the input in advance!

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Alex,

First off, I'd suggest you replace the standard rod (dowel) perches in the cage with natural wood perches of varying diameters to help prevent pressure sores.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...ure-sores.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...umblefoot.html

With regard to Yogi's swing - if he's happy with the one he has then that's fine. Remember that in the wild budgies sleep in trees and the surface they are on is generally not completely straight across like a "rod". I prefer the natural wood or grapevine perch swings for my budgies but there are many different types of swings to choose from.

Take a look at the information in the link below which will give you an excellent idea of the types of perches (and swings) to consider:

https://talkbudgies.com/housing-budgi...reat-cage.html
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I agree with FaeryBee. Natural wood perches are also great because they double as a chew toy. Budgies often love to chew the bark off. Also what do you mean by a smaller cage? Even though your budgie is out most of the day, I would still recommend a cage that is at least 18 x 18 x 18 inches which is the minimum cage size for 1 budgie.

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Thank you both so much for the replies! His cage is pretty small, about 15x15x18. Just guessing. on his bottom perches his tail touches the ground, he has a really long tail! It's even longer than his body. But I plan on getting a new cage for him next week actually. I actually have some real wood perches for him on the outside, and they're all varying lengths. Thanks!
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Perches of varying diameters is more important than perches of varying lengths so please keep that in mind.

Try to get the very biggest cage you can afford ensuring the spacing between the bars is no more than 1/2"

Even for budgies with a lot of out of cage time, it is important they have as much room in their cage as possible.

I'd recommend nothing smaller than a 30" long by 18" wide by 18" high cage for one bird.
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