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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-05-2014, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've gone through a couple different travel cages/carriers with Peeko to figure out what works best for him. Ideally I want to order a Pak-o-bird someday, but that is a huge expense for a broke dude like me who doesn't even have a bank account. (Parents pay for animal care, etc)

The carrier I have right now is a Look-n-see cat/small dog travel carrier with mesh wire for the entire top of the crate. I ordered it because the picture showed the same mesh on the door. Well, the one I got has a different door :/ Its a standard dog/cat crate door with 1in square gaps. I'm super nervous using it with Peeko outdoors because a breeder told me a green cheek could easily squeeze out through the holes. The only other carrier I still have is his little carrier that he came home in and its too small for him now (his tail was pitiful when I got him, but now its too long for that carrier). So, I kindof took him and poked his head to one of the holes very gently and I'm not sure he could actually fit through them. I obviously didn't push to try to fit his head through it, but it looked like he would have had a difficult time doing it himself if he did try. I guess I thought I should ask for your opinions here, too. Do you think its anything to worry over as much as I'm worrying? His carrier is the only way he can go outside because his flightsuit scared/stressed him to the point of being in a constant state of panic/frozen whenever I brought him outside and he just wasn't enjoying it, and Aviator's site doesn't list a harness for a bird of his weight (lowest they had, when I checked, was 75g and he's more around 68g-70g) plus I've heard too many stories of Aviators getting stuck/breaking wings/having to be cut off of a panicking bird to personally want to invest in one. The carrier seems to be the best option for him and the one he's the most comfortable in, but I obviously don't want to risk him getting loose, and no bird travel cage that I could find that wasn't super expensive had bar spacing small enough for a green cheek.

Here's what the stock photo showed


And here is what I actually received (with the concerning door)

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Did you try contacting them and saying the did not supply the carrier you ordered, and it is no use due to bar size.
I would not take the risk.
If you are stuck with it, can you buy some aviary mesh and wire it into the door.


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I'm stuck with it, my dad said I was "being ridiculous" and refused to return it. :/

Thankyou, I'll look for some aviary mesh!

Edit: I did some googling and could only find super expensive galvanized aviary mesh and I read everywhere that galvanized metal isn't safe for parrots because its made with zinc and zinc poisons them. :/


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I would go to a Home Depot or Lowe's store and buy some mesh. You can buy the "chicken wire" mesh, many people have used it for aviaries, but if you are still concerned, they make a plastic version. I used it to line my birdcage since it had 1" square openings, which my canaries and linnies can fit through. My linnies don't chew it, and I don't think it should be a problem with your bird since he won't be living in the carrier, but I don't know how destructive gcc are.

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I'll look into plastic mesh; green cheeks can be pretty destructive, but Peeko seems to know what's okay (his shreddable/chewable toys) and what's not (everything else) so it wouldn't be an issue for him Thanks for your help!

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Plastic mesh is awesome, I use it on the inside of my aviaries. I would be sooooooooo annoyed if they sent me that though I doubt a greenie could fit through the gap but they COULD get their heads through and hurt themselves by twisting their necks

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That's what I'm afraid of. He's never tried to stick his head through cage bars or anything, and he's never shown any kindof attention to the door on the carrier, but I'm paranoid.

Someday I wanna get him a Caitec travel cage that's clear plastic with wire doors, but they're $100 and that's only $20 less than what his entire flight cage costed and even if I did come up with the money, my parents probably wouldn't let me spend so much on a travel cage. When I found the Look n See one they said my limit was $30.

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I use a cheap alternative for my travel cage. . . I bought a bird cage at WalMart for around $15. It is too small for long term use but it works great in the car and is easy to carry. The doors are small so I just take the top off to put the birds in and out. I did have to tie the doors shut for our GCC. She could get out in no time But it is bird safe, has a perch, and food/water dishes for when you need them.
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I had a parakeet cage and recently sold it because it was too big for me to carry well, so I think my parents would kill me if I came home with a cage similar to the one I just sold lmao

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If anyone does use mesh from a hardware store, please make sure you use plastic or stainless steel. Galvanized steel and other mesh often have zinc which is toxic to birda,
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Another option would be to just block the door with a thin piece of plastic (like those soft, flexible cutting boards/place mats) that is tied to the front. Since the top is mesh and open, the door doesn't need to be see through. It might be easier that way.

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I'm not sure that it would work to block it off like that, because I hang food/water cups on the door and the cups wont hang from the mesh on the rest of the carrier. I think plastic mesh is gonna be my best bet, while I save up and hopefully get the travel cage I actually wanted in the first place *fingers crossed*

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Tell me about expensive carriers! I WILL have the Kings carriers eventually

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If I get enough money for Christmas and my birthday, I might be able to sweet talk my dad into lending me the rest that I need. I sure hope so.

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