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#98570 - 07/17/06 05:14 PM Cage Photo Request!  
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Could people post pictures of your cages so I can get an idea of the kind of setup I should be going for? Right now Goose (U2) is in a pretty small cage so Iíve been saving up for the biggest one I can find. Iíd like to see what cage sizes and toys everyone elseís cockatoos use. If you can, Iíd also love to know the brand of the cage, where you bought it and how much you paid. Iím most curious about people with large cockatoos, but anyone is welcome to post some pictures. =)
Thanks in advance!!


~Tiffany and Goose
#98571 - 07/17/06 05:17 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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I took some photos of our birdroom right after hurricane Wilma last year (hence the broken window in one of the pics)... Ours are Cali Cages, Deluxe Macaw size - one playtop and one dometop. I believe they're 40w X 30d X approx. 6ft tall.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v291/parrotphotos/BirdRoom/

The pic of the inside of the carrier is Baby's sleeping cage. By the way, if anyone knows where I may find the "floofie" things she's got in there, please give me a heads-up!

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#98572 - 07/17/06 05:32 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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Thanks for the quick reply Lynne. The cages look great. Do you have a preference between the playtop and the dometop? I'm torn between the two. The size I'm hoping to get is 3' deep x 4' wide x 5' high, but I haven't seen too many that big. The size you have though seems really big, so I'm sure Goose would be happy with one of those.
I like Baby's sleeping cage. Goose just sleeps on her swing, but I wonder if she'd like it if I made her a cozy little spot like that. smile


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I think you will be very happy with a 3X4 cage. Here is ours, a 3X4X6. It is our third cage in six years and looks like it will last forever if we take care of it. It's stainless and she can't crack or peel any paint or powdercoat. Here is the purchase information. Liberty stainless cage It now has an improved feeder system but we have had no problems with the old style.

Here it is in a big room but you can get an idea of the size by comparing it to the double patio doors next to it.

Cage for greater sulpher-crest

We like the playtop best. I didn't even install it on this one as we can't reach that high! smile

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Thanks for the pictures Charlie. Your birdy looks very happy with that cage! I unfortunately can not afford the stainless steel cages, but I think I really like this one: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/Prod_Display.cfm?pcatid=11758&N=2003+113270

It's affordable, easy to assemble, and nice and big! Anyone have one of these and can recommend it?


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That one looks nice & roomy! I'm torn between the playtop & dometop. For our GW (with that loooong tail), the dometop is the only way to go. However, both birds love perching atop the playtop cage whenever they're out in the birdroom. We leave the tray in the top to prevent poops from hitting toys and other things inside the cage while they're up there, so keep in mind that you'd want to at least cover the tray with newspaper to change daily. Being so short, I've sometimes forgotten to re-paper that top tray because I can't even see it, lol! Most of the time their wingflapping causes the paper to lift and it sticks up, so that's how it catches my eye...

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#98576 - 07/17/06 09:33 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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our-flock

You can look at our setup, but it's temperary. The bird room is almost done!

Jasmine's cage is 32x40x69 and not big enough! :rolleyes:


~Hope~
#98577 - 07/17/06 11:13 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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Lola is a GSC2 and her cage 34" X 24" X 46" high, not including the legs it rolls on. i plan to upgrade her when i save up but for now this is perfect! shes out most of the day and is quite content in this cage. no need for one with an expensive play gym on top, she likes playing ontop of the cage itself or i open the top for her and put the perch in and shes content sitting there and preeening. but the cage door is her spot
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/watermelon70hi/aaLolasCage004.jpg
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/watermelon70hi/aaLolasCage005.jpg
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/watermelon70hi/aaLolasCage007.jpg
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/watermelon70hi/aaLolasCage010.jpg

but that cage you chose there with the macaw in it looks nice and roomy and perfect for a u2

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That cage looks very nice! I loved that last picture, Lola! smile

#98579 - 07/18/06 03:01 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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Thanks for all the replies, your cages are great and your birds are beautiful! I found another cage I'm considering. I think I might like this one better than the first. (Of course it costs a little more lol). What do you think?
http://www.mybirdstore.com/Hacienda-Hacienda_Dome_Top_by_Avian_Adventures.html


~Tiffany and Goose
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I think that's a good-looking cage. My first impression was that I didn't like the dual trays at the bottom. We have a cage out in the living room for our GW that has 4 trays, and you have to cover the seams over with paper so poop doesn't get in between them. BUT... I did notice that the cage is collapsible, and that's really nice for times when you want to do outdoor cleanings in the yard!

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#98581 - 07/18/06 04:46 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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The fact that it is collapsible is great because I will be moving in the next couple of months. Unfortunately I currently live in, and will be moving to an apartment, so no yard for me. Luckily Goose is very quiet for a cockatoo so we've never had a complaint in the 3 years I've had her. smile
I also was hesitant with the dual trays, but I don't think it will be too much of a problem.
Thanks again for the help. I'd love to hear from others about their cage preferences and pictures.


~Tiffany and Goose
#98582 - 07/18/06 05:17 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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all cages come apart so you can move with them. its a nice sized cage but im prettysure you can find something like that for alot less. that is pretty expensive for a cage that size.

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Not ALL cages break down. Our Cali Cages don't.

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My Cali cages don't come apart either. I like the fact that they don't come apart because I'm sure my M2 would figure out how to collapse herself.

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Lolas cage is that kind of colapsable, ive never seen one you couldnt take apart, i cant imagine how you would get it in and out of the house if it didnt colaps. Lolas is the new nut screw or bolts neded and its really a pain to set up compared to the conures which you need te screws to put together.

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Lola, it's not easy to get them in and out of the house, LOL. Peaches cage is like the smaller one in hellobaby's pic, the green one and it just barely makes it in and out of the door. Twice a year I haul it out the sliding doors in the kitchen out onto the deck to spray and really scrub it down. It's a pain, but I've seen her take all sorts of things apart. As it is I have to have a padlock on everyone of her doors. Last time she got loose she let all the other birds out and they ate the house.

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The cage I just sold to our moderator, Ron, didn't come apart either. I asked him to measure his doorway to make sure it would fit in his house.lol

So, my advice is to measure all doorways if you buy a cage that isn't collapsable, unless you want to put in a new window the size of the new cage. laugh Then get the sledgehammers out!


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Yeah, living in an apartment it would be really hard to get a 4' x 3' x 6' cage through doorways and such. It definitely has to be colapsible.

By the way, if anyone has a cage that size that they are selling or giving away, let me know! I doubt anyone would get rid of a cage that big, but if you are I hope you'll consider selling it to me! smile


~Tiffany and Goose
#98589 - 07/19/06 05:34 AM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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My cage is for a G2, so I didn't post a pic here, but I have to weigh in on the play top issue. I absolutely love having a play top cage. Betty runs back and forth across it throwing her toys and chasing her ball. It adds a whole nother dimension to her cage space, without taking up another enormous space in our living room. With a long tailed bird, I can see the appeal of a dome top, but I;m sold on the playtops for my flock. JMHO.

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All the cages I buy are playtops. I love them. Jasmine plays on her playtop alot more than any of her playstands. I know the dome tops look nicer, but I'm sticking with the playtops. Jasmine has never shown me any height aggression.

The next cage I buy is going to be from cages by design. I really like them. Their a bit expensive, but so is everything else. :rolleyes: But, that won't be for a couple years.


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Lynne, I don't know where to find/buy the "foofie things" but they appear to be woven cotton, with extravagant fringing, not all that hard to make. I can e-mail instructions, if you like.
Is the idea to give her lots of things to "preen" besides her own body?


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Actually, Baby has a lot of preening/shredding toys. These floofie things are like "pillows" for her. If you study the set-up in her sleeping box, there is the soft thing that is like a cat bed (which I refer to as her 'sofa'). The two floofie things remind me of big couch pillows, lol.

She actually stands on them to sleep! The arrangement you see in the sleeping cage is how SHE arranges them. They're a very solid ball, and appear to be made of the same material you see boings/bungees made of. You can't find a bare spot in the fluffs.

I'm sure I must have found them in the dog or cat section at a pet store long, long ago. That's the problem though. I bought them long ago thinking they would be great preening toys and they went unused. One day I decided to toss them into her sleeping box and she loves them.

They take a while to dry (even in the dryer) after washing so I would like to have alternate sets so some can be washed/dried while still having another set in her sleeping box. I always like to have alternates for things that are favorites with our birds anyway. By the way, these things are rather large. They're 4 to 5 inches in diameter.

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Is there a benefit to having a seperate "sleeping cage"?

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Baby sleeps a lot better with a sleeping cage. Toos (generally speaking) seem to sleep light and when there is activity around them at night, find it very difficult to sleep as much as they should. Having a smaller cage in a dark, quiet area (with sound buffers in our home, such as a sound machine) really has helped us not have a screeching Too... especially when there are varied work hours to deal with.

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#98596 - 07/25/06 06:48 PM Re: Cage Photo Request!  
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Thanks paulette. smile What are the dimensions of that cage? It looks pretty similar to what I have now, just a little bigger.


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Hi Goosesmom the dimentions of the cage are
32 " across front of cage
46 " length
24 " front to back width
and the cage from bottom up to flat part is
4 1/2 feet tall then there is the perch on top with dish holders

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Ok everyone, I think I've decided on this cage:

http://www.mybirdstore.com/product.cgi?product=227791&group=227746

What do you think? I'd like some opinions before I shell out $600.

Thanks!


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I think you are doing the right thing by getting the big cage. You won't regret it down the road, like I am regretting my choice. (Just didn't know how big Joonie was gonna get.)

I tried finding you a better deal on EBay but there are no cages that size listed, the biggest is 40 x 30 x 77 for $400 and free shipping. Those few inches make a big difference in the volume space, and a big difference in the psychological health of the parrot. I think you are making a very wise choice. Is that the color you're choosing? It's really a very nice cage.

Joonie's cage is only 32 x 24 x 46 (interior sizes) and now I just find it woefully too small. And to think I paid $400 for it! Should have done my homework on that purchase. Dumb me.

Joonie says he's jealous. wink

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I'm getting excited about getting the cage. smile I'm probably going to get it in light gray or charcoal (Goose's cage now is charcoal). I'm a bit worried that she won't like it if it's too different from her current cage. She doesn't like new things.
What do you guys think? Will getting the new cage in the same color as the old one be a better idea or does it really matter. My first choice is the light gray, but I don't mind charcoal.

Thanks Jooniebird, I looked on ebay as well but like you said, there weren't any that big there. I'm sure Joonie will be ok in his current cage until you can upgrade down the road. Poor Goose has been in her little cage since I got her (they told me this cage was fine) and its only 24 x 24 x 36 I believe. She's small for a U2, but I realized when I joined this site that this cage it WAY to small. We're going to keep it as an extra/sleeping cage.

I have to wait a week or two to get the rest of the money together... so keep your opinions coming until then! I want to make sure I'm making the right purchase here.


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Lynne,
I was just at Wal-Mart earlier today, looking at those 'floofie' things for my U2. They were in the doggie toy section. Now, this was Wal-Mart Canada, but if you are in the U.S., they probably carry the same stuff.

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Thanks! I'll have a look! smile

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Dont overlook places like local feed stores. I got a great deal this summer. They were the type that you have to assemble, so they got a deal on load of them. Oh, this store does NOT carry birds, so call around, you could get lucky.

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An old picure of kera her cage:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Vogels/PHTO0105.jpg

(walls where yellow! A it's really an old picutre!! laugh )

I like the cage, but I'm going to let someone make me a new one....

One that you can split in 2 cages, or put them togheter to make a big one, like this:

Together:
http://www.home.versatel.nl/eefjuh/fotos/volieresamen.gif

Seperated:
http://www.home.versatel.nl/eefjuh/fotos/voliereappart.gif

These are some "cages" he made:
oudoor:
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b299/thebirdman1/thebirdman1/voliere-frans5.jpg

(i like the green and plan to use that one for my cage instead of all the aluminium)

Indoor cage you can separate:
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b299/thebirdman1/thebirdman1/kamervoliere-tussenschot1.jpg

Maybe this is something to think about. It doesn't take al long time to make one, but you can make it in any way you like! Plus is not that expencive and certainly NOT dangerous (thinking of coating and stuff)

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Hi, I just got a new cage for my catalina macaw , great price and free shipping http://hqcages.com/40x32-victorian-scalloped-cage-p-1.html, but they do have a double macaw cage that you can leave the center divider out http://hqcages.com/64x32-double-macaw-cage-p-58.html , good luck finding that perfect cage.
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I was just browsing around the american ebay ( the canadian one doesnt have much of anything for good bird stuff)
and this came up

http://cgi.ebay.com/Enormous-Double-Maca...1QQcmdZViewItem

Take out the middle devider and the perfect cage!

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