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

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Old 10-13-2017, 08:46 PM
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Hey guys! I just got the approval from my apartment complex to get budgies! I've been without any birds since early 2014 and it's honestly been a gaping hole in my life. I've missed budgies with all my heart and I'm SO EXCITED to be getting more! I'm at a stable point in my life where I MIGHT be moving in about 6 months but if I do end up moving it'll be to an actual house in this same city. I know what I'm doing in my life, I don't have to worry about moving for college, and I'm happy.

So, right now I have 3 cats in my apartment and I'll be keeping the room that the birds are in closed when I'm not home, but I still want to make sure I have a nice sturdy cage if they decide to poke at them. I've been looking at this one, but let me know if you have any recommendations! I plan on getting a pair of budgies, as I plan to resume breeding once I'm moved into a house.

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Congratulations on being approved to have budgies! I know mine is filling a hole in my own life and hope you find a wonderful pair.

It is good to have a secure cage, since cats are rascally animals and like to slip in where they aren't allowed. I hope your roommates, if you have any, know to keep the door shut too. The cage looks sturdy to me, but I am in no way an expert.

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Emily,

That cage is a good choice.

The door to the "bird room" should be closed at all times -- even when you are at home since you have cats in the apartment.

I'd recommend making sure you install a hook and eye latch lock on both the inside and the outside of the door to the "bird room" and depending on whether you are in the room or out of it, ensure you have the lock engaged so there is no danger of someone opening the door without making sure the doorway area is cat free and there are no sneak entrances!

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Hi Emily, welcome back . It's exciting to think about adding Budgies to your life again. The cage is a good one. I have a double in the same "type", and really like it.

I agree with FaeryBee that it's safest to have the door to the room being closed at all times since you have 3 cats in the apartment too. We'd love to see pics when you get your birds!
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I agree with FaeryBee as well. Cats and birds don't mix in the same room, no matter how sweet you think the cats are. I also have cats and birds and my cats are never allowed in the same space as the birds. I think you would feel terrible if something bad happened that could have been prevented from the start.
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Oh yes I entirely agree. The cats won't be allowed in the room, I just want a sturdy cage on the off chance that they wiggle their way in! It's an added layer of security. My roommates don't open my door without permission and when I'm inside the room and the birds are out my door will be securely locked! I ended up ordering that cage and getting a bunch of my supplies on Sunday and the cage should be arriving in the next few days. I found a local pet store that sells really really nice branch perches for a really good price. I got a 24 inch multi-branch manzanita perch for only $12 today!
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That sounds great. We'd love to see pictures of the cage once you have it all set up and "decorated".
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I definitely will! I'm also very lucky that I work at one of the local pet stores and get all the supplies I buy there at cost. I only paid $70 for about $200 worth of supplies. It was nuts!
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I got my cage all set up! I'm open to suggestions for things to add, take out, move around, just let me know! I'm actually traveling to Nashville this weekend to visit my boyfriend, and found out that there's an exotic pet expo happening while I'm there, so I'm gonna go and see if I can't find a nice pair of English budgies!!!

Here's the full cage


The main door


Cuttlebone, nutriberries, treat stick


Millet, swing


Water, pellets, mineral block, concrete perch


Manzanita perches


Seed Corral. I've never used one of these before, but we sell them where I work so I thought I'd give it a try. If my new birds are scared of it I'll be sure to offer them seeds in another, more accessible dish. I'm curious if it actually helps cut down on seed shells getting everywhere.


From left to right: seed, pellets, nutriberries, treats; travel cage; supplies like bird cage cleaner, paper towels, binder clips, zip ties, etc; extra toys, perches, and mineral blocks.



I'm so excited to get birds again! Let me know if I've forgotten anything or if you have any advice for moving stuff around! I tried to leave room for flight.
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Your set up looks good, the only thing I would suggest is that you do not provide too much millet, maybe just leave the one in the millet holder and remove the one that is hanging free. The millet is like candy to the birds and you may find that they eat that and exclude all else if there is too much millet available, which would not be a healthy diet for them. Just provide it as a treat for them a small amount at a time.
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