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Your Bird's cage!

Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Your Bird's cage! - 07/29/07 02:52 PM

I am getting Bokka, my U2, a new cage after we move in a few days and once we are settled in. And am going to get him;

http://www.queencitypets.com/details.asp?prodid=8004836&cat=107

And I want to see how everyone else decorates their TOOS cages with toys or ropes and boings or etc? Thanks smile
Posted By: Chewy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/29/07 05:17 PM

That is a nice cage...... Chew's cage is full of toys. lol almost too full.
Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/29/07 10:00 PM

I've never gotten Bokka a Dome Top. We bought him a flat op cage that you can buy from Petsmart, its for temporary use only. I dont like it too much. So its either that cage up in the link or the Dome Top I am looking at.

Chewy is your cage dome top or play top?

Dome Top
http://www.queencitypets.com/details.asp?prodid=9004836&cat=107

Which one would you go with?

I have seen TOOs in Playtop cages, and Dome top. Dome Tops (like Bokka old cage, which is too small for him anyway) are bigger than Play tops, but play tops have that cue lil play area ontop of there cage.

Uggh. lol. I am still thinking on each cage.

I have seen people over crowd their brids a bit too much. Bokka isnt very fond of every toy on the mart, so I usually jus tput the toy on the OUTSIDE of his flat top cage and he chews on it on the outside, when inside his cage, he'll just perch himself, or chew on a few things, and shred paper. lol.

And he is more of a "wing flapper"

Im still thinking on whether to get a play top or Dome. What do you think?

He is outside of his cage A LOT, but.. I like my babies to come home to a mansions, ya know?

I am not sure if I should overcrowd him with toys or not. Like I see so many people do their **** . But I do rotate toys every day and he has about 10 inside his current temp. cage which is 34long x 28 wide and 50" tall.

Hmm.. decisions, decisions.

*Mercedez
*Bokka
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/29/07 10:29 PM

All of my birds have the play tops and they LOVE THEM. I do not prefer the dome tops, unless you have a big tree they can go on to.
Posted By: EchosMom

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/29/07 10:53 PM

The Booda Comfy Criss-Cross perches make a nice play top area on dome cages. You can hook and tie all kinds of toys to them. You just shape them like a 4-legged spider and screw them from the inside of the cage.
Posted By: SpockAToo

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/29/07 11:34 PM

I have the dome top for my AV Hacienda cage. I think it depends on the bird, though. Snow White will only stay on the cage if I'm literally right there with her. If I walk away even for a few seconds, she'll go down to the floor (which is how she got attacked by one of my toy poodles, but an overnight stay at the vet and a weeks worth of antibiotic shots, and she was OK fortunately). The dome top is better for her in that it gives a lot more room inside the cage.

If your bird actually uses the play area, though, I'd imagine it would be quite useful.
Posted By: sandiego

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 04:43 AM

Kahlua has a cage almost exactly like the one you put in your first post, except his is silver. The top is a little different style, but it has the same lock and everything else.

I have a boing hanging from the ceiling right above his cage as well. Cage filled with toys.
Posted By: Bird Mom

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 04:44 AM

Brewster had a play top when we first got him. He was agressive & defensive when he was up there. We got a huge dome top and it had more inside space. I think I am having mixed feelings about which is better because, now that he is more friendly & compatable, I think he may like to have a play top....he doesn't complain though laugh He's not in the cage all the time! Even when your bird is on a play top he would need supervision because of climbing off to explore eek
Posted By: sandiego

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 04:45 AM

oh PS, I got mine off ebay.....for about $300 cheaper!!!
Posted By: Birdiemommy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 05:33 AM

I have 2 of the flat top ones, I think the same cage but I think it's 2 or 2 1/2 feet deep. I like the flat tops because you can put play gyms on the top and change them from time to time. I keep the water dish on top of one of the cages.

I replaced the trays on the bottom and top with clear plexi-glass cut to fit and took out the trays. It's nice because they can see out the top and it never rusts. No matter what I did before with the trays I always ended up replacing them because the birds would go in one area and it would rust, or they would spill water on top and it would rust eventually. I don't think it cost any more with the thick plexi glass than it did to replace the trays.
Posted By: nehumanuscrede

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 06:51 AM

Here is how I have Tic-Tac's cage setup as of this
writing.

Front Shot 1

Front Shot 2

Side shot

And of course his majesty outside of his cage:

Posing for the camera

In battle with his arch-nemesis, the stuffed mouse. . .
Posted By: Chewy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 06:59 AM

What a pretty bird!!! That old cage is pretty awesome in itsself.
Bokka, Chewy has a flat top that opens up but I dont open it becasue I don't want to mess up his toys.
The cage that I have been looking at getting him is a play top though. And I think that he'd like it just fine, he likes the one that I put him in at my friends house, he sleeps in it, but is on the cage most of the day when we are over there.
Posted By: Birdiemommy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 07:01 AM

nehumanuscrede, that's a beautiful cage. I've never seen one like it. Is it custom made? The curtain on the runner around the cage is a great idea. It's amazing what parrot owners come up with. A perfect solution.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 10:37 AM

nehumanuscrede, That set up is INCREDIBLE! I love it and I really love the curtian idea!!
Posted By: SpockAToo

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 11:31 AM

That is a nice setup.

I have Snow White's cage more crowded than that, though -- maybe too crowded eek
Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 03:31 PM

WOW nice setup!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Posted By: GoosesMom

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 04:05 PM

Here's Goose's cage. smile

http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k34/TLGonsalves/Goose%20and%20the%20Cats/?action=view&current=328.jpg

~Tiffany and Goose
Posted By: Julie Riley

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 04:51 PM

Here is Molly's cage. It's hard to see, but she has a sleeping ledge in the back on the left with one of those frayed rope circles to preen (she doesn't often sleep there, though) and a huge boing on the right hand side. Her cage is the same size as the link in your first post and I got it on eBay for about $300 when you factor in shipping.
Posted By: Julie Riley

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 04:52 PM

Darn, guess I don't know how to do pics.

http://s210.photobucket.com/albums/bb298/canewrites/?action=view&current=mcage2.jpg

http://s210.photobucket.com/albums/bb298/canewrites/?action=view&current=mcage1.jpg
Posted By: Julie Riley

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 04:57 PM

Oh, just noticed the first one doesn't have a seed skirt. You want one of those if you have a playtop or allow your bird to climb around on the cage. Saves a lot of poop off the floor.
Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 05:26 PM

Tiffany&Goose and Julie Riley

Nice cages!!!

I am sort of going more andmore for the dome top. It looks a LOT bigger. I mean my boy is ALWAYS out of his cage, only spend up to 4 hours per day in his cage, and then he goes into a sleeping cage at night. But while he is in his day time cage I want him to have fun, ya know? Uusually when he is in his current day time cage he takes naps, or plays with toys on the bottom of the cage(I dont have a grate because he never liked it and it took up a LOT of cage space, and.. he doesnt use his inside of the cage as a bathroom so no worries there smile )

Tiffany, your Goose's cage is marvelous. I really like it. What are the demensions? Is it the 40" long one or the 4footer? I really am sort of siding for the dome top more.

Riley your cage looks really good with all those toys.

UUGH, decisons decisions smile

*Mercedez
*Bokka
Posted By: GoosesMom

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 06:10 PM

Thanks smile

It's 4 feet by 3 feet by 6 feet. I got the dome top because the play top blocked out a lot of light, plus it's much roomier. Since Goose is in there while I'm at work all day I wanted her to have the extra room.

To give you an idea of the size, here's a picture of it being built (with my sister, my boyfriend and his brother):
http://s84.photobucket.com/albums/k34/TLGonsalves/?action=view&current=cagewithpeople.jpg

It's this one, but powder coated. (Couldn't afford stainless steel at the time.)
http://www.mybirdstore.com/DOME_TOP_CAGES-SUPER_HUGE_DOME_TOP_48_x36_STAINLESS_STEEL. html

~Tiffany and Goose
Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 06:25 PM

Its a wonderful cage. I think I will go withthe Dome Top, but if not, I still like the Length and width! laugh

I just have to wait untill we move into our new house soon and will take demensions of the room and make sure the cage can fit smile

I want my bird room to consist of Pua; RLA, Bokka; Umbie. And My smaller brids which live in the HQ double flight cage. Plus a TV and several other items.

So I will see if I can get it. I hope I can its a great size cage. laugh laugh laugh
Posted By: GoosesMom

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 06:41 PM

I'm sure Bokka will love it. smile

If you have a LOT of room, you might want to consider this one. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, so I couldn't go this big, but when I get my house (sometime in the next 10 years I hope) I'm going to get an even bigger one for Goose.
http://www.mybirdstore.com/DOME_TOP_CAGES-DOUBLE_MACAW_64_X32_X62_POWDER_COATED.html

~Tiffany and Goose
Posted By: nehumanuscrede

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 07:05 PM

The cage is one of Cages by Design setups. They
can be found over at:

Cages by Design

The cage dimensions are 48" x 48" x 72" I wanted
to make sure Tic-Tac had plenty of space. It also
fit quite nicely into that corner of the living
room.

The curtains were an afterthought of mine after
trying to figure out how to cover a cage that
size. I found a company in Florida that were
able to custom make the curtains after I gave
them the dimensions I needed. The curtains go
a long way in containing a lot of the mess he
likes to make. Especially in the category of
Olympic food throwing. wink

The only thing I have left to really do is tile
that part of the living room where his cage is
once we redo all the carpet in the not too
distant future.
Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 07:25 PM

Gooses Mom. I can get the Double Macaw cage for $519 WITH shipping off of the QueenPetcity. But unfortunatly, my room wont be THAT big. It can fit Pua and Bokka's cage and my HQ doubly flight cage for my smaller Feathered kids, and then some space for me. Ohhhh I WANT. But I cannot get it frown Not the price, the price is EXCELLENT for the cage but I just dont have THAT much space :*( I dotn think I have space for the 4foot long one, but I hope so laugh But if not I'll down size it to 40" long..
Posted By: GoosesMom

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 07:30 PM

That is a GREAT price, but I totally understand about the space. Plus, you said Bokka is out of the cage a lot anyway, so the 40 or 48 inch should be perfect. laugh

~Tiffany and Goose
Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 07:44 PM

Hey if Pua and Bokka got along in the same cage and I 100% trusted them together I WOULD get that cage. LOL. And then give off their other cages. But.. I dont think thats gonna happen. When both of them are away from their own cages. Bokka is very sweet, and doesnt mind Pua at all. Its Pua who minds Bokka. LOL :p

edit: also, yes Bokka is out of his cage A LOT. Whenever I am home his cage door is open and he has a free run. But every morning I change papers, and he is ever so determined to build me a nest (joke). By the end of the day his bottom of his cage papers are 100% shredded :p

*Mercedez
Posted By: Birdiemommy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 10:05 PM

Beautiful birds and beautiful cages! Goose's Mom, how did you come up with the name Goose for your cockatoo? That's such a cute name. Is it that honking sound too's sometimes make?
Posted By: GoosesMom

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/30/07 10:29 PM

Thank you Birdiemommy. And yes, you are exactly right. (Most people just think I'm nuts when they hear her name!) When I brought Goose home she was so quiet; she didn't make any sounds the whole day. We were trying to figure out what to call her and cycled through the usuals: Angel, Baby, Lucy, Snowy, but couldn't really decide. Then she made this cute little "honk" and she has been Goose ever since.
<img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

I also have 4 cats: Amber, Marble, Shadow and Larry... and it's the last one that always gets questioning looks. Who names their cat Larry? Well, he came with the name, which makes sense when I tell you his 2 brothers were Moe and Curly! lol I have quite an interesting crew.

~Tiffany and Goose
Posted By: Birdiemommy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 07/31/07 12:23 AM

GoosesMom, I LOVE the name "Larry" for a cat.

Hmmmm, Larry and Goose. That's enough to make anyone smile.
Posted By: spinnyspoo

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/25/07 10:38 AM

WOW! You guys have some amazing cages! Bill doesn't even own a cage - never has. I kind of envy you.
Posted By: jm47

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/26/07 02:49 PM

I've always thought tile under the cage a good idea, but right now, I have a sheet of the plastic we used to insulate the windows a couple of winters ago spread under the play tree and another under the cage. I extend it so it catches the poop from Phred's "toilet" perch, which is on top of his cage and extends about a foot beyond the cage. (He figured out, all on his own, that he can climb out there and poop somewhere other than his water dish, which pleases him immensely) The plastic can be picked up, shaken out over the lawn (planting oats, rice, millet, or whatever, and giving the "yard birds" a treat) or compost pile, then hosed off and allowed to dry on the clothesline. I think the only way to make it easier than that is to use ceramic or slate, and put a drain in the corner <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

edit: Mercedes, have you tried having Bokka "recycle" old phone books?
Posted By: sandiego

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/26/07 09:49 PM

I use the plastic mat that goes under computer chairs....it works AMAZING.
Posted By: Belongs2Sammy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/27/07 03:15 AM

I want Tic-Tac's set up!
Posted By: Charlie

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/27/07 03:32 AM

Spinnyspoo, I know your 'Too is 28 years old and never lived in a cage but I hope he sleeps in a sheltered position. Cockatoos normally sleep sleltered in the tree canopy; the boughs and leaves provide security. Many birds prefer to sleep in a secure cage because they know it is a safe haven and that they are secure. Yours may be fine after all these years but it might be something you want to offer and see what happens. A cage should be a place of entertainment and relaxation and over time, they become very comfortable sleeping in them. It never has to be closed or locked. More security = less stress, less stress = a more contented cockatoo. Just a thought! smile
Posted By: jm47

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/28/07 05:00 PM

Charlie, I'would have thought you'd have added, and a more contented too = less bloodshed laugh
Posted By: Birdiemommy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/29/07 04:17 AM

nehumanuscrede, are the acrylic doors on your cage fairly scratch resistant? Are they easy to clean? It is such a beautiful cage!
Posted By: spinnyspoo

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/29/07 05:05 PM

Charlie, I always appreciate your input. You seem like a sensible sort smile I didn't know that about having something 'over' them.

Like I've said, Bill has been living on a flat T for a very long time. He gets a little nervous when things around his perch change very much. We're slowly adding bits to the perch itself (before I actually build him a new thing in the next month or so). He was nervous when I added a toy or two... now he loves them (but it took a couple of weeks). I just added a log to his perch that juts out at an angle that he can climb on and move around a bit on. It only took him about 15 minutes before he went crazy happy on it. The floor is covered in bark. Everyday it's covered <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />

I'm really trying to get him used to the idea that the times they are a-changin'. Until I build him something new, I can't figure out a way to have something 'over' him except to hang it from the ceiling. Eventually, he will be as close to a self-actualized (yet captive) too as I can get him.

I so hate the way he's been living. It makes me mad/sad for him. The fact that it was a family member that I truly respected (still do on lots of levels...but) makes it a more emotional challenge (she did her best, but is not cut out for birds in any way).

Eventually I would like a sleeping cage/structure for him that is as close to natural as possible and a good play structure in the house and something outside that he can enjoy without the fear of hawks/cats/coyotes etc. In the new place he'll have his own room to sleep in (okay, it will be my spinning room too during the day) so that he is assured of getting enough sleep and there is room in the living room for me to build a climbing, play structure. My partner keeps telling me "slow down... we're moving... let him adjust to that first..." She's right, I just want to go in there and get everything up to snuff for him.. but I know it will just stress him out.

As for bloodshed? Haven't seen bloodshed from Bill in the years I've known him. Doesn't mean he couldn't be happier though...

Sorry this is so long... it's just a right sore point.

edited to add: we did another count... looks like he's closer to 31 y/o
Posted By: Birdiemommy

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 08/29/07 06:03 PM

My 20 year old M2 slept in a cage when we got him 18 years ago, but after we built the bird room he stopped going in the cage to sleep at night after about a year and rarely sleeps in a cage now. He sleeps on one of the large perches hanging from the ceiling, usually near the middle of the room.

Recently, because he was in one of the cages for 6 weeks recovering from a broken wing, he has been going back in the cage at night when I ask him to. But he's up and out in the morning as soon as I open the door.
Posted By: bwl4fun41

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/16/07 03:05 PM

Can you tell me where you got yourcage from and just how big is it.
Posted By: MarleysDad

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/20/07 10:21 PM

here's a shot of marley's cage, its a kings aviary..about 13 years old i believe..cant really see whats in it..i'll get a better shot later..he's got about 15 toys in there. if you look closely you cvan hee him on his dreamcatcher swing at the top.

the cage has also been moved to our living room.

Marleys Cage
Posted By: rockinseattle

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/20/07 10:25 PM

Marleysdad - Thats a really neat cage. I've not seen one like that before.
Posted By: MarleysDad

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/20/07 10:33 PM

Originally Posted By: rockinseattle
Marleysdad - Thats a really neat cage. I've not seen one like that before.


thats what i said when i saw it, lol.

in the adoption papers it states "Marley has had his Kings Aviary cage since he was two years old" so that makes this cage 13 years old..can't find it on any websites or anything though.

its a great cage though, very roomy
Posted By: Crossfire

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/21/07 06:14 PM

Originally Posted By: MarleysDad
Originally Posted By: rockinseattle
Marleysdad - Thats a really neat cage. I've not seen one like that before.


thats what i said when i saw it, lol.

in the adoption papers it states "Marley has had his Kings Aviary cage since he was two years old" so that makes this cage 13 years old..can't find it on any websites or anything though.

its a great cage though, very roomy


My grandmother had a cage just like that years ago, she called it the Kings 135 or 165 original. Sorry can't remember which and I'm assuming the number stood for a particular model number?
Posted By: Diane048

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/21/07 07:40 PM

I like all the cages and the toys. Sadie's cage is huge and I added about three more branches for her plus her calcium branches. She has lots of room to flap her wings and just loves running from branch to branch.
Posted By: Bokka-pooh

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/22/07 02:57 AM

Originally Posted By: jm47

edit: Mercedes, have you tried having Bokka "recycle" old phone books?


Sorry I didnt respond, Im not on as much as I like (computer on brothers room and started school again)

But No I have no tried newsprint phne books, heard they werent good for birds. But he sure LOVES his papery chew toys!!!


Mercedez and Bokka
Posted By: spinnyspoo

Re: Your Bird's cage! - 09/22/07 11:41 AM

GSC2's named Bill like murder mysteries, whodunnits, and resource material too.... whistle
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