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

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Old 10-28-2017, 08:15 AM
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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
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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.

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Old 10-28-2017, 08:33 AM
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If it were me, I would go for the double. I don't know the personalities of birds but I don't think they would be using the portion of the paradiso that is so close to the ground. I also like how sturdy the double looks, and the doors with secure locking mechanisms. The double also has a nice tray for storage underneath, and since it's higher off the ground, I think your birds would use the space more. Thats just my opinion.
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I also like the flexibility of the double and the shelf. Usually, the gap is still small enough to be safe when a divider is out. However, I will freely admit that I am swayed by what I think will look good in my room and if you like the looks of the other one enough better, go for it. They both look like very good cages.
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Julia,

With two budgies and no plans to add more, I'd personally opt for the
ELEGANCE DOUBLE METAL LARGE FLIGHT CAGE

The overall appearance, sturdiness, storage, and spacious doors are very appealing.

I bought a similar "single" cage of that type for a friend of mine a few years ago and was quite impressed with the quality.

You seem to have weighed out all the pros and cons of each of the choices very succinctly!

Either cage will be an excellent choice for your extremely fortunate little budgies.
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The double flight cage is more cost efficient and only gives you more space in height which isn't of vital importance.

I guess it really depends on how important those other factors are to you- the ones where you rated the other cage better. If one or two of them are *really* important to you it may be worth considering, otherwise, I'd say the cheaper cage is the better option.
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I have the double flight cage that I have my 2 Linnies in, I do not use the divider and there are no issues with the space that the divider slides into. However, I usually do not use the bottom grates that come with cages but with this one I have to use it because of the space that is allowed at the bottom for the tray and the grate. The space is big enough that if the grate is not there a bird may be able to squeeze out as I found out when I first had it and was not using the grate, one of my Linnies got stuck trying to get out of that space. Thankfully I was right there so no harm done, but after that I put the grates back in to avoid that happening again. If a Linnie could get their head through the space a budgie would also be able to if they discover the space, that is my only warning about the cage.
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Thanks everyone. I think youíre confirming my thoughts.

I wish I could actually see the Paradiso cage in person but itís almost impossible to find large cages in stores anywhere here. Iíve searched for YouTube reviews but found nothing, presumably itís quite new.

The main thing that is bugging me with the double is the horizontal bar that remains in the centre, though my son has now said that he could remove that and a few cable ties should help maintain the rigidity if needed. The colour choice and vacuuming are minor points and although aesthetically I think I prefer the Paradiso, the lack of a shelf and smaller doors are an added inconvenience and hence I donít think I can justify the extra cost. Plus the flexibility of being able to split the cage if ever needed, is a big advantage. Iíd prefer to use a grate whichever model I have, so the bottom gap wonít be an issue.

So... I think I will go for the double! Iíll see how they find the central bar and if they always seem to stop off on it and donít fly the full length, then weíll have to do a bit of DIYing.

No doubt I will discover the perfect, tick all the boxes cage, just as soon as I place an order.

Thanks for your input everyone.
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As you know, I have a homemade double of the Elegance type cage, and have, as Chester is having feather problems, had to put more perches in than originally planned, including one about where you would have that horizontal bar, to make sure he can get around easily, and the others have absolutely no problems navigating above or below that, when they feel the need to dart around in the cage, so to speak, I wouldn't worry about that
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As you know, I have a homemade double of the Elegance type cage, and have, as Chester is having feather problems, had to put more perches in than originally planned, including one about where you would have that horizontal bar, to make sure he can get around easily, and the others have absolutely no problems navigating above or below that, when they feel the need to dart around in the cage, so to speak, I wouldn't worry about that
Ah, thatís reassuring to hear Rene. Thank you for letting me know.

... and thanks again to Therm, for posting the discovery of the Paradiso cage.
Even though Iíve decided to order the other cage, it has at least made me jump off the fence and make a decision at last!

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Just an update to finish off this thread.

The cage has been ordered, delivered, assembled, filled and moved into!

The quality is quite good (one bent bar on a roof panel but theyíre sending a replacement panel), Iím happy with it.
I neednít have been concerned of the central bars, as you can see from the photos, it isnít an obstruction to flying the full length. Also the gap where the divider panel would sit, is still within the recommended range and so doesnít need covering, Yay!
I transferred cage contents one by one, until only 1 perch remained in the old cage, and placed a millet tempter inside the new cage - It still took them 2 full hours to decide to move over into the new cage , what a pair!
They now seem very happy in their new home though.





Thank you all
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