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Interaction with Your Birds?

So me and my Fiance and our son moved to Alberta at the end of October. Since the move we've been really busy getting the house organized and to our liking and dealing with the things we have to deal with when you move to another Province.
Well in the whole process the birds haven't been getting as much attention as they are used to (or Hemes isn't, at least, the Budgies could care less, lol).
The birds have their own room (my art room) that they live in and I am needing help/advice on things!
When we get back home after the holidays we're going to set up my art room; get a drafting desk and other furniture, etc. After it's all set up I'll most likely be spending more time in there (right now I basically only go in there to feed/water birds, sweep, clean cages, and take Hermes out).

My issue is, is that the Budgies don't get out of cage time since #1- they aren't tame so they would just panic, #2- they are fully flighted and would just panic, lol. I want the Budgies to be around us more so that they can get used to us and also so that I can watch them more. I want to get to know Buttercup more and I want to be able to observe them in case they have a behavior change that indicates a health concern, etc.

Anyways, we have 2 cats as well who have full run of the house except my art room/the bird room. I'm wanting to see if I can move the Budgies into the living room where I spend most of my time but I also don't want the cats to hurt the Budgies (of course).

My ideas are that I could rig up some contraption to mount their cages to the wall up where the cats can't get to them or, I could buy them a flight cage that hopefully would have bar spacing too small for cat paws to fit through and then I would just put luggage/diary locks on all of the doors so the cats couldn't open them.

Enough rambling though, you are all probably confused, lol. I REALLY want the Budgies at least to be out where the action is and not closed away in a room all the time but I'm worried about their safety. Any ideas?

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Bob has a large Montana cage that previously housed 4 budgies.
The bar spacing would be too small for a cats paw.
I use the clips that screw together through the locks.
The ones that cone on toys. The only thing is the cage has the discs to hold the food pots in.
I understand the newer style Montana cages have a clip.
I hope this is helpful.

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You can get a large flight cage I think it's a great idea

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i would leave them in with hermes in the art room. and its ok to let them out, i let my lovebirds out and theyre not tame and theyre fully flighted. in a closed room for them it would be ok to have them out of the cage.

even if the bar spacing is too small for a cat to fit their paw in, theres that chance the budgie could be climbing the cage bars and the cat can get the feet and it only takes a slight break of skin from a cat to get them sick. pasteurella can kill easily.

if you have a room to keep them separate, keep them separate. this way the budgies would be in the same room for hermes if you are gone or busy for the day so hes not totally lonely.



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Thanks for the advice guys! I am going to get them a flight cage anyways as the cage they're in now is too small for my tastes. They are comfortable in it but bigger is always better (and then I can have an excuse to get more Budgies ).
I'm thinking that when my art room is all set up I'll be spending more time in there anyways so I'll probably leave them in there.
Also, I have tried to let the Budgies out of their cage to fly around and such but they won't leave the cage now, lol. Lemon left the cage once and flew around the room at our old place but ever since then he won't come out on his own.



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well give them some time in their new home they still may be settling


a suggestion, maybe a nice acrylic flight cage if you move them to the livingroom? it would be next to fool proof for keeping cats out



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What is an acrylic flight cage? I haven't heard of them before.



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you can make them...

theyre expensive to buy, and they must have ventilation (holes drilled in them, and must NOT be placed in sunlight or such, and they can be a pain to clean.... they have a lot of downsides, but they would guarantee no kitty paws getting at your budgies.

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http://www.acrylicbirdcages.com/habitat%20samples.htm



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Ahhh ok, weird.
Do you think I could maybe just get a regular flight cage and put coroplast around the bottom half? That would also help keep the mess in. :P



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brain fart, whats coroplast?


if its like plexiglass, then yes



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It's like thin plastic sheets that you can get at the hardware store.
And that's sounds good, maybe I'll do that!



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Those cages are cool!

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My friend with her cockatiel does that on her cage.. It catches the seeds and makes the bird harder to reach for her cat

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They also sell hanging cages - they can go on a stand, or you can hang them from the ceiling as long as you have a support beam. They're not super big, but maybe that's an option for you as well. There are some, I think Prevue makes them, that are 24" or 30" wide. Basically, any cage can be hung as long as the handle on the top has almost a w shape - it will have a little divet in the handle so that it can hang and not slide around.



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Thanks for the advice guys! I think that's what I'm going to do, get a flight cage and put plastic sheeting around the bottom half. Wish we luck!



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Good luck, post pics after your done Which flight cage are you getting?

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I sure will! I want to get an HQ Flight but I'll look around at stores and such at other cages too to see which prices are the best (online or in a pet store and HQ vs other cages). :')
Then I can house all my Budgies in one cage when they aren't breeding. ^_^ (I'll probably only have 2 pairs to start).



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So when you get the flight cage you will get more budgies ?

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heres a nice one
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...883&lmdn=Brand

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and this one is perfect!!
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...n=Product+Type

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