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

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Old 08-23-2017, 12:08 PM
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High guy's, I could do with a little advice on a new home for our 2 budgies, at the moment they are living inaccurate our old budgies cage which is about 20x13x21" which they seem happy enough in at the moment but they are only 1314 weeks old so we are look for a larger permanent home for them & quite like the look of this one
https://www.amazon.co.uk/FoxHunter-C...rds=Bird+cages
Would it be big enough for 2 hens ?
The next question is what's the minimum size cage for 2 budgies for 5 days to stop in, the reason i'm asking is that we go away with our caravan for a max of 5 days & as there is no one left at home to look after the girls so they are going to have to come away with us but don't have room for a large cage inside the caravan so i've got to work something out which is ok for us & these 2 little girls but i'm sure that they will enjoy their holidays as we don't go onto busy sites & like wildlife around us so i'm sure they will enjoy talking away to the wild birds like they do at home

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Old 08-23-2017, 12:32 PM
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When it comes to a trip away for a few days, I would go as large as you can for your budgies to have as much room as they can. if they are a little lower on space than they usually would be, I wouldn't be too concerned as it's for a few days. I would just be more concerned about the quality and stability of the cage for a short trip. As always, bigger is better.
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Hi Outlaw

That FAQ link that Therm posted is a good link to check through for future queries, another good link is the list of stickies:
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...-stickies.html

I think you mentioned being dyslexic in an earlier post, so I'll summarise for you.
That cage looks to be a good size for two birds.

The recommended minimum cage size for 2 birds is 30 x 18 x 18 inches.
In centimetres that is 76 x 46 x 46 cm, which gives a minimum cubic volume of 161,00 cm3

For an occasional 5 day period, I agree that you could get away with a smaller cage, providing your two hens continue to get along well.

I think it will probably be best, if you find a good spot for the cage in the caravan first of all, and then look for the biggest cage that you can comfortably fit in that spot.


*You might like to look at the vision cages for the caravan.
https://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pe...on-2-bird-cage
They tend to be a love it or hate it design, but they ARE really good at keeping all the mess, seeds, feathers inside the cage, which would be extra handy in the confines of a caravan. I've often seen them for sale second hand on gumtree too.
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Hello Outlaw.
I own 6 budgies and 3 Finches, they're all happy living together in a wide and tall flight cage.

May I also add the amazon seller says upto 10 budgies can fit, so yea it's more than enough for 2.
Hi Kristaok,

Actually, budgies need plenty of space. The more space, the better-- for their health and well-being, they should have lots of space for toys, perches and airspace to spread their wings. The minimum cage size for one budgie is 18 x 18 x 18 (inches), and for two budgies it should be 18 x 18 x 30 (inches) at the very least. Despite what the sellers say, it is not a good practice to fill up a budgie cage to capacity. More room to play and fly for everybudgie is the way to go!

Additionally, you should not house budgies and finches together in a cage. They are different species with different needs and anatomy-- budgie beaks are larger and more powerful than finch beaks. If one of the budgies were to get bothered by the finches and snap at them, the finch could get seriously injured.
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StarlingWings is correct (apart from the typo when she put 10 but meant 30 ), budgies and finches are best housed separately as budgies have the size and beak strength to do serious harm, and their desire to be sociable and interact can easily be viewed as pestering by the generally more independently minded finch.

I fully agree that finches spend much more time flying than playing. Budgies do enjoy playing much more than finches do, but they still need the opportunity (& sometimes encouragement) to exercise - in the wild they would fly for miles in search of food.

I do concede however, that with you having 6 budgies to amuse each other and 3 finches to interact with each other, then providing your 'huge flight cage' (I'm guessing you mean aviary) is plenty big enough for them to escape each other and to allow everyone their own space, then there is a better chance of them managing to live together without problems.
I would always recommend against housing them together, but I hope your good luck continues.

Anyway, we're hijacking poor Outlaw's thread here. If you wish to discuss your mixed species housing further you can perhaps start a new thread.
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Thanks for the input, I did have a look at the FAQ section on cage size but wanted to make sure what we have been considering as a new cage was ok & to possibly hear from someone who has this type of cage. The info on a sort of travel/holiday cage has been great so thanks for that, think i'm going to have to take my tape measure upto where we have the caravan stored & have a good measure up as the main work surface/bench in the caravan has the kettle on & the small tv so they might have to sit on top of the draws at the front but we have a large overhead locker at the front which a cage may fit into but I think the max size cage that would fit in there would be something like 20x13x13" but that's just guessing at the moment but the max I could ever see us being away is a week
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