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

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Old 08-17-2018, 09:23 PM
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Wife has been talking about adding to our “zoo”. Rather than buying a cage, I found a nice size china cabinet that should work well. It has glass panels in the sides that’ll be replaced with wire. The back panel is a mirror on cheap MDF that’ll also get replaced with something a little sturdier so it’ll support perches and such. While looking online at Home Depot I had a thought...

Would pegboard work?
It would only be marginally stronger, but it’s not like it needs to be 3/4”plywood.
Anyone else ever tried it?
Would they constantly be chewing at the holes?
It would make it really easy to rearrange perches/toys.
Would certainly help with more ventilation.

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I would not recommend using a china cabinet for a cage. You have to ensure all wood is budgie safe and has not been treated with chemicals or preservatives. Any wire used in a cage really should be stainless steel. Galvanized wire must be cleaned completely and there is no guarantees that will remove all traces of zinc which is extremely toxic to budgies.

Buying a large flight cage is a much better option.
Take a look at the Prevue Hendryx F040 and F050 cages.
How many budgies are you planning to house in this cage?

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My husband and I converted a TV cabinet into a bird cage a few years ago.....and it did not last. I loved it at first, since it was unique and a piece of furniture rather than a traditional cage.

But to be honest, it was a pain in the butt in the long run. It was hard to clean, the birds chewed on all of the surfaces, it was dark because the sides were enclosed. I eventually sold it and used the money to buy a really nice cage that I'm still happy with.
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I agree with both Deborah and Michelle. Unless you're building a room sized aviary, what your hoping to build would be unique, but as Michelle noted, not provide the best environment for birds, especially budgies. who are chewers.
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given excellent advice

A large cage is much better for your birds to ensure they can't chew through anything.

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