There are a few things I would like to change, like replacing at least one of the plastic perches with a long natural wooden perch from my apple tree (or removing the top one completely) and finding a place for a flat perch (probably somewhere near the bottom right so it's out of the way). The top plastic perch makes it look like there's no room to fly, but behind it pretty much the entire middle part is open.
This is the first time I've ever set up a bird cage, so I'm definitely going to be making some changes over time (like removing some of the toys and perches if they become a problem).
The cage is listed as 30"x20"x20" (although I think the height is a little less than 20", because of the bottom tray area) with 1/2" bar spacing. I'm currently using safety pins to lock the doors but I will be replacing them with something safer as soon as I can.
This cage will be for one australian/american budgie.
What do you all think? Any major improvements needed?
I agree that it'll be great to remove those plastic perches. Natural wooden perches will be much better for your bird's feet.
Keep an eye of the rope perch for fraying.
I'd possibly move the ladder up so it's up on the next set of horizontal bars.
You could probably take a couple of the toys out and change them over time so that when you change the cage next time you have new items to put in.
I'd eliminate both of the long plastic dowel type perches.
You'll only need one additional natural wood perch when you remove them.
You want the budgie to have room to move around and stretch its wings.
You do have one swing in the cage, correct?
(To the left side as I'm looking at the picture?) Budgies love swings!
I'll definitely be removing the plastic dowels. I'll probably keep a long stick from my apple tree on the bottom so he/she can easily reach the water bottle and food dishes and play with the toys in the front.
Also, to answer your question, yes that is a swing on the left. It has rope on it, so if the bird messes it up / loosens the strings I'll either re-tie the rope tighter or replace it with a normal metal and wood swing. I'm sure he/she will enjoy the little bells on the bottom, though!
Looks like your bird will have lots to play with! I am a newbie too and can't give any better advice than the experts. You have given me some ideas though as I improve my own bird's home. Lemon Drop says she wants to come play.