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Mellybeans 01-11-2019 02:03 AM

PH F040 problems?

I just received my prevue hendryx F040 today. There was some kind of delay on shipping, but none the less, happy to get it. Except it came with problems. Specs of rust, cracked stand posts, sloppy welds... you name it. It's going back (I can't believe I got it back into the box!), and a new one is being sent to replace it. But then I do have a question since a lot of you have this cage...

Has anyone else had any problems? How does it hold up over time from use & cleaning etc.

I just hope I don't have any more issues. Seems we don't have a lot of selection here, so this might be one of my only options.

Jesska 01-11-2019 03:50 AM

That's horrible! :thumbdown: I don't have that model, but my thoughts might be the suppler didn't keep the cage well stored. Hopefully your next one is in better condition!

PoukieBear 01-11-2019 08:58 AM

All My cages are PH, and I've never had any issues with them. I've had them for several years, and none of them have rusted or flaked or anything. I have a lot of birds, so these cages get cleaned constantly!

Mellybeans 01-11-2019 09:27 AM

Thank-you both. I had seen some negative reviews, but the positive were the majority. I guess for the sheer number of cages they make, there is always going to be a few lemons. Usually purchased by yours truly lol.:smow:

I just wanted to know if this cage is going to give me a few years at least.

Cody 01-11-2019 10:01 AM

I have four of the F040 and have not had any issues with them. It will help if you have someone helping you when you put it together. When the weather is nice I take them outside and hose them down and have not had any issues with rust. I have only a minor issue, the tray at the bottom of the first 3 that I bought is a heavy somewhat flexible material, the most recent one that I got which was a couple of years ago has a much cheaper tray almost looks like some type of cardboard material with a coating on it, probably cheaper to produce , I don't know if they have changed to that or not as I did not bother to inquire when I got it.

Mellybeans 01-11-2019 10:41 AM


Was the new one, one of the white models? My mother ordered the white model, and I noticed the same thing, it the tray was super thin. Otherwise the cage was fine (a few minor things like bars not 100% straight in some spots, but nothing major). The black model I ordered has a thicker, somewhat flexible tray like you mention.

She hasn't done a major clean on it yet, which is why I have no idea how it holds up, but it's good to know it can handle being hosed off. That being said, anyone have tips on deep cleaning when you can't take it outside to hose it down? (I live in an apartment, it's super cold outside half the year, and really, after the trouble with the current one, I have no plans to take it apart if I can help it to clean each panel. But keeping it clean is definitely a priority.

Cody 01-11-2019 12:07 PM

No white ones, my cages are all black. In the winter I clean one at a time while the birds are out, they don't miss me moving one to clean as they are too busy fooling around elsewhere. I use a spray bottle, a sponge with a scrubber side to it and a lot pf paper towels, it's messy but works out ok.

Goldenwing 01-11-2019 12:31 PM

I don't have that cage. I have a different one. It is a pain to take apart so I have been putting it in the bathtub mostly together and washing it down. I don't know if that is possible for you, but could be a solution. Good luck!

RavensGryf 01-11-2019 12:54 PM

I don’t have that cage personally, but it’s a popular one. Regardless of brand, I’ve noticed problems multiple times when I’ve ordered my parrot and parakeet cages. It’s unfortunately fairly common to see sloppy welds (sometimes even affecting how the cage fits together) missing pieces, among other various defects. I guess we get what we pay for. In order to avoid those issues, I’m thinking one would need to pay top $$$ for certain brands in order to get around the common problems of the more affordable mass produced imports.

Good luck with the replacement :).

FaeryBee 01-11-2019 04:42 PM

I have/had several of the black F040s as well as the F050s and have had them for several years now.

I do not disassemble the cages to clean them.
I simply use a spray bottle of white vinegar, a scrubber, an old toothbrush and paper towels when cleaning them.

All of my cages are holding up fine!

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