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

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The cage my budgie lives in has these two extra doors that slide up and then back down to hold a food and a water bowl in place and my budgie skittles has figured out that she can lift it up to get out. I've had her for a bit over a week and she is untamed and luckily I caught her trying before she got out but I need help finding a solution for this. I can't afford another cage at the moment, and right now I have it held closed with a couple of paperclips. Is that ok or is there something else I can use?

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Zipties are ideal for holding cage doors closed and are what most people use. You’ll just need to undo them each time you need to open the doors to change the food and water.


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Paperclips are not a good option as the budgie may chew on the metal.
Cable ties (insert the prong into the tab backwards) are a good option as are rubber coated clips.

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Thank you! I did switch to plastic "crab/ butterfly" hairclip thingies so it would be safer and I'll look for those when I go to the store today. I panicked a little when I saw her lifting the door not only because I would have no idea of how to get her back into her house but I have a dog, he's pretty old but sometimes he surprises us. I didn't think she'd figure it out this quickly, she usually sits in the back corner and freaks out when I open the door to put her cuttlebone back up (she knocks it down a lot) but I guess she explores a lot when I'm not home .
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Monica,
It really would be best if you have your budgie (what is her name?) in a room where the dog can't access the cage.
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There are other ways to attach the cuttlebone rather than using the clip that comes with it.
Check out this thread:

Reusable Cuttlebone Mount
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