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Old 08-07-2017, 11:07 AM
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Question Considering a retirement cage

Hello everyone! I haven't posted in awhile, me and the jelly beans just moved to a new apartment. During the move they've been split into two travel cages and before I put them back into their big cage, I was considering keeping my oldest two budgies separate from the rest of the flock.

Both Adelaide and Akamu have some feet issues, Adelaide has had curled toes for over a year now and the vet diagnosed Akamu with arthritis a couple of months back. I've purchased a flat perch that Akamu cutely sits on like a chicken and Adelaide does well with those textured mineral perches.

My question to you is should I keep these two in a separate smaller cage away from the flock so that they have a cage completely catered to their mobility needs? Or just place them with the other three in the flight cage? I'm on the fence about it since Daisy, the odd bird out, really enjoys the company of the older birds and has been calling for them since being separated.

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Old 08-07-2017, 11:46 AM
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Hi I hope you all settled in well to your new place
I'm sorry to hear that your birdies have feet problems. I also have a budgie named Daisy! I don't actually know what I'd do if I were in your situation but you raise a good suggestion.

Maybe if you decided to keep the birds in the flight cage, you'd need to make sure there were multiples of their favourite perches (like the flat one & the textured mineral ones) just incase the other birds want to sit on them, so Akamu and Adelaide don't miss out on what they need. Also I love the name Akamu!

Do they get out of cage time? Maybe if you were intent on having them separately you could let them all play together so Daisy can socialise with Akamu and Adelaide, too? I understand the feels of separating budgies that get along, right now my two are separated as Ollie has bumblefoot and is on meds, so they miss being with eachother 24/7 and just get to spend a few hours a day together.

Would be interested to know what others think and what you finally decide to do
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I think a retirement cage sounds like a wonderful idea but if Daisy is left as a solo bird, I would just cater to their needs and Daisy will be fine with having more flat perches and things in the cage. You can still pop some regular perches for her, but I would change the regular cage so it's easier for them.

Things I'd consider would be raising food and water pots if they are lower down, adding a couple of ladders to help aid movement.

I got a lot of new perches for my birds recently. I got them a platform perch, a swing called the raft and a couple of flat perches. I did them mainly for Lucy, who is an English budgie and seems to enjoy the flat perch more, but all the birds seem to love have the variety and use them often.
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I agree with Therm.

I'd house all of the budgies together and revamp the cage to cater to Adelaide and Akamu's additional needs.
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