So I have decided I will be getting some finches. I already have a big cage for them but will get them in a few weeks.
Anyways, I bought another cage off craigslist so I can use it as a quarantine cage (the big one is too big to move to another room), and then after getting all the finches and going through quarantine, get a male canary to live in it (plus have supervised free flight). It is just the perfect size for a single canary but no more unless breeding.
The cage has rust on it but I took it anyways since it was so cheap and I figured theres a way to fix it up. I cleaned it and scrubbed the rust with vinegar. It helped a bit but not completely. The main parts that have rust are just some of the corners on the outside but there are some other spots that I dont like, like at the bottom grate. I am wondering how else I can remove it or make it safe. I tried scrubbing it with aluminum foil also but it just left gray marks.
If I were to spray paint it, would it help or would the rust just keep spreading?
What if I rub off the rust with aluminum or something and THEN spray paint it?
Anything else I can do?
I heard that finches and canaries arent very bitey with the cage bars, but individual birds can vary (my budgie literally bit through the paint multiple times on her cage, but shes a budgie not a finch).
Id like to make it as safe as possible.
Try scrubbing it with steel wool. When I was a kid, thatís what I used to scrub rust off my bike and it always did the trick. I canít remember if it worked better with wet steel wool, or dry, so try both and see how it goes. After scrubbing with the steel wool, then wash the cage thoroughly.
***Of course you donít want to put any birds into the cage until all rust is removed. Rust is toxic to birds.
If , as Blingy stated , rust is toxic to birds , I would not trust any bird I care about in a cage that has had rust no matter how well cleaned up or repainted . I'd think it'd just be too risky that a bit of the rust would come back on some unseen area of the cage and sicken the bird(s) before it's noticed .
I'll try using steel wool for sure and then spray paint it over with krylon spray paint (luckily i have some on hand that i used for my fish tank).
Im not super concerned about it because most of the rust is on the outside of the cage so there is no way a bird would get to it. There is only one spot on the bottom that i really dont like but i hope this will help. I would honestly be a little more cautious if this were a cage for a budgie since mine are always biting things, but from what Ive seen of finches, they dont do too much of the biting. If the rust wont get off though, ill just be sure to cover that part of the cage with something so no bird can access it.
Once I have more money saved up for this (hopefully within the next few months) then I will most likely get a new cage altogether and only use this one for quarantine.