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

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Old 05-11-2018, 04:45 PM
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Hello everyone,

I posted last year that we adopted 2 older budgies (a male and a female) from someone in our neighborhood that "wanted them gone". I have fallen in love with Jamie and Claire and even though I don't think they'll ever be hand tame, they are quite comfortable in our house and seem relaxed and happy.

I don't like the cage they are in. It's a round shaped cage (kind of victorian style) and only has one hook at the top center for a swing. They have always only had one swing but lately I can tell that they try to beat each other to it every evening when I cover them up. I swear that Jamie will sit close to the swing when he thinks it's getting close to bed time so that he can get on it first. Sadly when I uncover them in the morning I see that Claire has booted him off and has taken her spot on it! So I want to put in another swing for them but perplexed on how to place it in there. I've read about getting a bigger cage but wondering if I should do that or not. Their current cage seems pretty big and it's all they've ever known. They seem happy in it. I have estimated them to be around 10 years old.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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You should definitely get them a new cage. Not only are round cages smaller than square cages, they also have no edges and therefore can be confusing for budgies in the long-term. Additionally, there's very little area from which to put perches and toys.

It would definitely benefit them to have a different (square or rectangular) cage!
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Sounds like it’s definitely time for a new cage . A “flight cage” would be a nice choice for two. Here are some examples: https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...nd-in-platinum
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Hi
Thank you for taking in these budgies.
I agree with all the other posters, that you should get a new cage. The ones that Julie linked looked great. They will likely be apprehensive with the cage at first, but will soon acclimatise to the cage and be much happier.
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Thank you all for taking the time to respond to my question. I went home on Friday and looked at the cage and realized that it is actually square with a rounded top. My husband helped me set up a second swing for them (it took a bit of engineering) and I'm very pleased because they each slept on their own swings the past two nights. I saw them jump on them as I was pulling their cover closed :-)

I know I am going to get them a new cage but I am scared about moving them into it. They seem so happy and content where they are and I just don't want to shake up their little world more than I have to. You all are the experts and I will take your advice. Thanks!
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Ok, I just ordered this one - https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...nd-in-platinum. I received an Amazon giftcard recently and figured this was a great way to spend it! It is going to arrive on Wednesday and I can't wait. Now I just have to figure out a way to deal with my hubby when it arrives because he'll be the one to put it together! And of course he doesn't think they need a new cage to start with... Oh well, better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Thanks all. Will keep you posted!
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I couldn’t open the link, but great that you ordered the new cage! I’ve changed cages over the years for enough birds that I can tell you they’ll be okay . Some birds literally jump right in and seem to adjust fairly quickly, while others will feel a bit displaced and need some adjustment time. Some a little more than others. (Think about when we move house). They’ll all come around though, and be better off in the long run with a newer, nicer, larger cage .
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I was unable to see the cage you purchased as the link did not open.

However, I want to thank you for taking in these two budgies for giving them a safe and loving forever home.

Perhaps once the new cage has arrived and the new budgies are all settled in you can share some pictures with us?
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The cage I ordered is the first link that RavensGryf suggested to me and is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. My husband is going to help me put it together and I will have a few days to get more toys/accessories to make sure it is all decked out for them. I am planning to transfer them over on Sunday morning. I read that it is best to do this early in the day to give them a chance to get acclimated to their new surroundings. They go to bed early so I want to give them as much daylight as possible.

Thanks for the tips on posting pics. I will definitely take pictures and post them!
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My sweet Jamie and Claire... this is what they looked like when we went to pick them up. The previous owner had them outside on the patio, they had one rusted bell, a few perches and plastic food and water dish. We quickly got rid of the bell and the plastic food dishes. They now have stainless bowls, lots of toys and a variety of perches. I can't wait to move them to their new home. Thanks to everyone on this board for the info... more to come!

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