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Sorry for the long response, wanted to give decent insight because its not exactly a cheap cage to just get on a whim, especially if you'd be housing cockatiels and a green cheek next to each other. Apologies.
Correct on the set up though. Bit of a zoo, lol. It's really only for the time being though. We're almost done with an aviary thats attached outside of my room for the tiels and Reptar to have outside access, and Pan and Nike would be moved into half of that on their own. But for the double flight cage, thats the official set up for the moment. Even though its set up with the divider in right now, both sides get a surprising amount of use by the whole flock every day when they're out. I just leave both doors open every day. It's been really great as a sleeping cage at night too. My tiels are flock mates but they aren't exactly buddy buddy. The cage gives them enough room at night to each have their own set sleeping place without bugging one another. If you choose to keep the cage divided or just keeping them separate at night, the divider takes seconds to slide in or out.
The divider itself is a metal frame with horizontal bars, at least on the A&E one. Seems silly, they thought to make the divider bars horizontal but made the rest of the cage bars vertical ;p Basically looks like one of the sides of the cage otherwise, it isn't just like a solid blocked out wall or anything.
For toe nibbling, its a bit of a loaded question so sorry if my explanation is a bit long winded. It really comes down to the individual birds. Reptar was raised from weaning around my cockatiels. I never thought they would be friends, but it was pretty important to me that I could at least have them in the same room without being worried. There were never any physical fights, more personal space infringement and the typical flock mate scolding that I would see between the tiels themselves. I kept a wary eye on them all for months, waiting for something to go wrong, honestly still am. When actually locked in the cage, Reptar doesn't interact with the tiels at all, even when they're up against the divider.
So personally, I haven't had any issues with limb nibbling or even any physical interaction between the tiels and Reptar, inside or out of the cage. But its something I would definitely be careful about, I got lucky. Cockatiels are a very submissive species while conures are a lot more dominant. I don't know if you ever have them out together, but watch how they interact if they're even in the vicinity of one another. That'd be the best way to judge it, in my opinion, because its hard to give advice without knowing the birds themselves. I wouldn't really cage them with a divider wall between them unless you've seen them together.
Like Reptar is a jerk, the prankster, he likes to chase Bird around the room for fun but never once has he ever shown any sort of actual aggression towards the tiels especially in the sense that any sort of harm would come to either bird. When Pan and Nike were inside, Reptar would see where Pan was, aim (yes, I actually saw him aim), and then suddenly there'd be an explosion of feathers as they'd start brawling. So again personally, it was easy for me to see that the tiels weren't even on his radar. I would really see how Mojo is with the tiels first to get an idea on how he would react being caged next to them before going for the cage itself, and spending the money for it. I have absolutely loved having the cage, but I still want to say it just might not the best fit for every situation.
Again, super apologies for the long response. Got a bit ranting. It's honestly a cage I would really recommend to any bird owner outright, especially if you ever think about expanding your flock in the future. So really, any other questions you have about it, I would love to answer. It's the type of cage you want to be set on fully before getting it.
lindsay, owned by three conures
six tiels, two dogs & two tortoises