Iím trying to come to a decision on which cage to upgrade to (or save to upgrade to), and weighing up the pros and cons of each. Iíd be grateful to hear other members opinions and if there are any other points that I havenít thought of.
The two cages are:
ELEGANCE DOUBLE METAL LARGE FLIGHT CAGE
Elegance Double Metal Large Flight Cage - Little Pet Warehouse
Montana Paradiso 150 Indoor Aviary
Montana Paradiso 150 Indoor Aviary | Free P&P on orders £29+ at zooplus!
The double cage costs £179.99
The Paradiso is almost twice as much at £299.99
The double, cage portion is longer at 165 x 54 x 95 cm (L x W x H)
The Paradiso, cage portion is wider and taller at 150 x 65 x 130 cm (L x W x H)
The double has a quite shallow tray, I currently have a single version of this model and have a lots of feathers and bits of debris needing vacuuming daily.
The Paradiso has a deeper tray plus debris guards.
The double is only available in black.
The Paradiso is available in a dark grey or platinum, which I think I prefer.
The double with the divider removed, will still leave a central horizontal bar whilst the Paradiso has no obstacles within the internal space.
The main doors on the double are 25 x 42 cm (W x H) and easily allow me to wipe clean the grate, whilst the grate is still inside the cage, so that debris falls into the tray.
The Paradiso main doors are smaller at 28 x 20.5 cm (W x H) and although they can usefully fix as a platform, Iím not sure if they can lie flat or would allow me to easily reach all parts of the grate without having to pull it out.
The double has a shelf beneath the cage (where I currently rest a pile of butchers paper for the trays.)
The Paradiso has no shelf.
Removing the divider in the double, would leave a gap, but I feel that I could sort that quite easily. The fact that it could be divided into two would be useful if I ever needed to separate my budgie boys, or for early introductions, or if one bird had some non infectious illness that needed medication via food or water. The Paradiso does not have a divider option.
I have 2 male budgies, I donít have any plans to add more birds, but if I lost a bird, I would want to replace him with another friend.
My birds are currently in a single flight cage that I would not have the space to keep in addition to one of the above cages.
I do allow them out of cage time each day, though I quite often go away for 2-3 days. When away, I have someone who can sort daily necessities but does not have the time to allow them out of cage time, hence my desire for a larger cage.
Any opinions would be helpful.