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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2014, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm in a bit of a tough situation for the summer. I am a student and haven't been able to find a job for about two years. I finally got offered one in my hometown, and moved in with my parents for the summer so I can take it. I start Monday Problem is, it's less than ideal for the birds. My mom does not allow Kuzco or the budgies out of their cages in the house. I usually take them down to a small 7x7 room in the basement and let them out there, but they need to be supervised because the cat often will pick at the door, even though I lock it. There's no window in this room and they don't seem to enjoy it much. Second, I'm about to go form being home with them all day to working 9-5 Monday-Friday. The budgies are used to this from years past, but Kuzco isn't and is also a lot needier.

My tentative plan is to start slowly cutting back on their out of cage time and time with me so they're ready for Monday, but I don't know how I'm going to take them from being out 24/7 to 2 hours a day in only a few days. I feel bad for the little guys. What can I do to make this easier on them?

Negotiating with my mom for out of cage time is not a solution, she's firm on this because last year, I left the budgies with her while I went to Cuba. She let them out of their cage in their room and ignored them the whole week. They got bored and lonely and shredded her wallpaper top to bottom.

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Couldn't you put a good (CRI 93+ and Ktemp between 5000 and 5500), bright, full spectrum light in the 7x7 room and make it not only bird proof (do something about that lock) but also a nice birdroom for them (natural branches, some swings and boings hanging from the ceiling, etc) so they can spend the day there while you are at work?
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I would also say since they have to be in the cage lots of toys and fun things to make up for them not being out of it. Good luck and congrats on the new job! They will be fine a little adjusting but they will adapt.
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Bibi, my mom won't allow me to anchor anything to the wall for them, not even with tacks. Since I'm not allowed to alter the room, what I've done for them for now is barricaded the first door (the one that slides open sometimes with a 50 pound weighted box so it can't open from the outside. I set up their cages and full spectrum lighting, as well as their play gyms similarly to how they were at my own house. I've put on a radio for them and moved a futon down there so I can sleep with them the first few nights to make sure there are no problems. It's definitely not ideal, but it's better than nothing and hopefully I'll be able to let them out longer now that the door issue may be solved.

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You could upgrade to flight cages ?


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Yep, flight cages always help. And you can make stands by screwing larger, long branches to a wooden base and then make a 'bridge' between them with rope or another branch (you can also hang boings and swings from it). This way, they would have a nice perch without having to break the wall for it
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You could get the soft rope perches that bend and screw to the cage bars to make a play area on top of the cages and connect the cages together.

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And let's not forget those wonderful Command hooks that stick to the wall but can be taken out and don't even leave glue residue behind.
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