Hello, this is my first post! I have been hunting, quite a while, for my future-best-friend's cage. I haven't owned a pet for several years, so I am taking it slow and doing all the research I can. The more prepared I feel, the happier we both will be!
I have decided on a Caique and even been in contact with the breeder. She posts many videos on youtube, so I feel like I am getting to know my bird-to-be already. I am very excited for all the fun antics (and, yes, even noise!) a Caique will bring into my home.
I have been reading up on cages for over three months. I hope that I know every pro and con out there, but I would feel irresponsible if I didn't ask some actual bird owners for your opinion.
Based on the breeder's youtubes, Caique's love to be on the ground, and climbing/floor space is more important than height, in their cages. I also feel that the top of the cage should be at or below eye level. I have looked at some of the cage setups shown in this forum, and love the idea of building extra play space on top of the cage. Therefore, I am strongly considering getting a sugerglider / chinchilla cage for my Caique.
Please understand: my caique will spend most of his time outside the cage. But since I must buy a cage, I want to SPOIL this bird! I look at the horizontal wires and extra shelf/floor space of these cages and I imagine the happiest little birdie ever.
So, tell me if I am mistaken, please. I promise you won't upset me, be blunt! I have this worry that there is some big, obvious con I must be missing. I don't expect any cage out there is going to be absolutely perfect, not on my
budget, I just want to know what I am getting into. Like I said, if I am prepared, I will be happy!
The two contenders are
Which is all metal, and has a removable wire grid at the bottom.
(catalinadee is right, this one is too small!)
Which has stunning doors that open completely, and an option to stack as high as 3 connected levels. No wire grid, but I would wrap the plastic inserts in felt or pillowcases for easier cleaning.
In either cage I would replace the ramps with ladders and add perches and toys.
Also, thanks to all of you! I have been reading backposts on this forum for a few months, and you have all been very helpful. I really feel like I can make some little caique very happy!