Cage opinions? - Talk Budgies Forums


User Menu
Forum Home
Budgie Gallery
Budgie FAQ
Site Guidelines
How-To-Guide
Members List
Today's Posts
Log In
Register now!
Search



Advanced Search
Popular Forums
Announcements

Budgie Articles

Budgie Talk

Budgie Pictures

Budgie Videos

Budgie Behavior

Determining Gender

Your Budgie's Health

Taming and Bonding

Budgie Breeding

In Memory

Other Birds

Contests

Chit Chat

Site Information

Talk Network
Talk Budgies
Talk Cockatiels
Talk Parrotlets
Talk Parrots
Sponsored Ads

Go Back   Talk Budgies Forums > Budgie Talk > General Budgie Talk > Housing for Budgies


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

Closed Thread
 
Short URL LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 06-05-2018, 11:29 PM
GioTheMelon's Avatar
GioTheMelon (Gio)
Egg
State:
 
Profile:GioTheMelon is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Woodland
Posts: 10
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 0
GioTheMelon is on a distinguished road
Default Cage opinions?

Hi I set up this cage for my new budgies yesterday and they seem ok with it, they are still getting familiar with everything in it. I have just some worried questions about reaching. During the day time today they seemed fine, kind of quiet but lots of chirping in the morning. They haven't touched the higher perches yet, I'm worried that I might have placed them too high up, and if I did I'm worried I can't reach into the cage to move it because they'll be scared and fly around and hurt themselves. I am also worried about night time, because I put the cover on 10 mins ago and I just hear them thrasing around climbing on the bars of the cage, trying to land on the high perches and falling, but I did hear alot of bells so they might be also playing with the toys. It's strange because they didn't touch the toys during the day time. They are also doing this "peep" noise every once in a while. I am planning to remove the solid long wood perch at the bottom because of it's even surface but I can't look for good perches that are uneven and screw/bolt onto the cage anywhere. Do any of you guys have any suggestions what to replace the bottom perch with? And are they in any distress? Should I remove some perches or make them lower? How do I do this without frightening them so much, I just got them yesterday.
EDIT : They are now resting peacefully on the highest wooden natural perch, my guess to all the thrasing was that they were probably playing late and trying to find their way around I guess.(Unless this isn't the case and I might be wrong) My wooden perch and moving perches questions still stand though.


Oh yeah, and another thing, do these feeder cups' perches hurt their feet or anything? Should I replace them with different cups, they were eating a lot today but used the wooden dowel perch to reach into the cup instead of using the plastic one on the cup itself. They ate from a little bit but ignored the little red plastic one on the right in the first image.


Last edited by GioTheMelon; 06-05-2018 at 11:51 PM.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 06-06-2018, 01:42 AM
Jesska's Avatar
Jesska (Jessica)
Birb
 
Profile:Jesska is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 207
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 177
Rep Power: 2
Jesska has a spectacular auraJesska has a spectacular aura
Default

You are a very good and attentive birdy parent! My thoughts (but wait for the others who are more expert than me to confirm) are that your birds are still getting used to their new surroundings and cage and routine so that may be why they are not exploring too much, and also for the mild panic/thrashings when the blanket when on their cage. They may not be used to the practice depending on how they were kept in the shop. If they've settled down and seem content, I wouldn't worry.

Your perches don't seem to high to me. Birds normally like being high up. I'd wait till they are more settled and used to things before re-arranging them.

I can't find places near me that sell those perches either, so I have made some from bird safe tree branches (Here is a list of safe and not safe wood). If you are unsure what trees are what, do what I did: take a trip to your library and locate a book about how to identify local flora and fauna. I then went on a hike and make it a bit of a treasure hunt collecting branches. :> (...I've also ordered online. ;> )

Last edited by Jesska; 06-06-2018 at 05:22 AM.
  #3  
Old 06-06-2018, 02:46 AM
Blingy's Avatar
Blingy (Kellie)
Young Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Blingy is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 3
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Australia
Posts: 813
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 713
Rep Power: 3
Blingy is a splendid one to beholdBlingy is a splendid one to beholdBlingy is a splendid one to beholdBlingy is a splendid one to beholdBlingy is a splendid one to beholdBlingy is a splendid one to beholdBlingy is a splendid one to behold
Default

I would place a small plug in night light near your birds cage and lift a small corner of their cage cover at night so they can see their way around in the dark. That should prevent them getting hurt while trying to find their way around, as well as night frights. You can pick up plug in night lights for about $5-$10 from almost any variety store.

I think the feed Cup is fine and they probably don't yet recognise the plastic perch on it as something they can stand on. As long as they can reach their food and are eating, they're fine.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 06-06-2018, 04:44 AM
JRS's Avatar
JRS (Julia)
Exceptional Service Award August 2017
State:
 
Profile:JRS is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: UK
Posts: 1,096
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 2282
Rep Power: 7
JRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond reputeJRS has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I agree with the advice given.
The ‘beep’ ‘beep’ noise was probably a mild distress call, ‘It’s going dark and I’m not in the right place!’ Don’t feel bad about it, they’ll soon learn the routine. Just cover the top, back and sides of the cage and a little of the front at first; they’ll very soon begin to realise what’s happening and ‘go up to bed’. Then you can pull the front down further, but still leave it up a just little off the bottom.

The food dish perches are fine; as Kellie said, they maybe don’t recognise how they can use it, or maybe it’s just a new material sensation that they aren’t yet familiar with.

The link that Jesska posted is good, it also suggests how to clean the wood.
It’s good that you’ve made the long dowel the lowest perch, as you’ll probably find that they use it the least - For that reason, I wouldn’t panic and disturb them by replacing it immediately, give them a couple of weeks to settle down for now.
If you like a bit of DIY, a member in the past has also carved and then carefully sanded a dowel perch to create a more varied surface:
https://www.talkbudgies.com/housing-...ml#post3915226

I notice that you have fixed the slide up food doors with what appears to be twist ties. These tend to contain a metal strip that is toxic to birds. I suggest that you remove these and try to use some wooden or plastic pegs instead. Alternatively, you could fix permanently with zip ties and used different bowls.

Best of luck, I’m sure they’ll be settling in soon
__________________
  #5  
Old 06-06-2018, 07:51 PM
GioTheMelon's Avatar
GioTheMelon (Gio)
Egg
State:
 
Profile:GioTheMelon is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Woodland
Posts: 10
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 0
GioTheMelon is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks everyone! I will be sure to replace those ties with clips instead, I just didn't have anything onhand right now and I was planning to replace them soon.
I have another question, I am concerned about the budgies not drinking enough or at all, so I have 3 water sources in the cage. One bottle near the food on the left and one smaller bottle near the food on the right. I haven't seen them drink from either yet, so I got a little paranoid before I went to school and put a small red plastic feeder to use by using it as a water bowl. Will too much water sources be a problem for them learning how to use bottles? I want them to use the bottles but I can't tell if they have or not. I also can't really tell if they used the red feeder or not, they the water has gone down a little bit but I'm not sure. Are there any other good indicators on whether they drink or not? Or if they are very thirsty? I looked for panting but there hasn't been much of that.
  #6  
Old 06-06-2018, 08:48 PM
Hunterkat's Avatar
Hunterkat (Katherine)
Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Hunterkat is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 1,545
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 500
Rep Power: 4
Hunterkat is a glorious beacon of lightHunterkat is a glorious beacon of lightHunterkat is a glorious beacon of lightHunterkat is a glorious beacon of lightHunterkat is a glorious beacon of lightHunterkat is a glorious beacon of light
Default

You won’t see them drink, they’re very sneaky! Is there a particular reason you want them to use a bottle? If the water dish is small enough they won’t try to bathe in it
__________________
~Niko and Tetra~
  #7  
Old 06-08-2018, 09:25 AM
GioTheMelon's Avatar
GioTheMelon (Gio)
Egg
State:
 
Profile:GioTheMelon is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Owner
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Woodland
Posts: 10
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 0
GioTheMelon is on a distinguished road
Default

Hi, I’ve seen them both drink from the water bottle now so I’m glad, I didn’t really mind what they drank out of but the bottle seemed easier to clean and replace every morning. Thank you!
Closed Thread



Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:44 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © 2000- 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2006 - , 2403 Networks LLC. All rights reserved.