Join Date: Nov 2009
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From everything anyone tells me A&E and HQ cages are both manufactured in China, probably by the same people. There really is no reason whatsoever to consider one better than the other when you consider manufacturing.
Look at the features and choose the features you like best. MY HQ cages will NOT hold Ashlynn, because she can open the "latches" that are supposed to hold the feeder cup doors shut. I like my HQ cages, but some birds can figure out how to open those locks. They are just circles of metal that fall down over the feeder cup doors. It doesn't matter if the bird is large or small, if it can figure out the latch it can get out. There was a member on the linnie forum whose lineolated parakeets figured out how to open the latches in significantly less time that it took Ashlynn to figure out the latches.
I really like the HQ cages, and I bought four cages with those types of latches. Most of my birds have no desire to open the latches.
I believe that the A&E cages do NOT have that type of latch. A&E cages also have a similar little piece of rectagular metal that falls down over the top of the entry doors. This is a safety feature in case your door latch ever breaks, which has actually happened to me. That little piece of metal safety latch drives me crazy, so if I ever get an A&E cage I probably won't install it, but it is actually a very nice added safety measure.
I have tops that open on 3 out of 6 cages, but I never open them. Like you, I heard that it is very likely that a bird can dislocate the perch that holds the top open and hang itself when the doors fall back together. If you WANT to open those up, I would recommend that you always secure them open with something additional other than the perches that are supposed to keep them open. However, I never open mine. They are just there. I liked the cages for other reasons, and the openings in the tops came with the cages.
Sometimes the cage tops that open have the cage bars oriented in such a way that it is very difficult to hang toys from the tops of the cage. Actually, some of the cage tops that do not open up do, too. I would recommend that you look at the orientation of the cage bars on the top of the cage to see if you will have many choices when hanging stuff from the top of the cage. I have two cages in which there are few places to hang toys, and that is a pain.
Ashlynn does NOT try to tear up the cage bars, but some greys are really hard on cage paint. The bar spacing is ok for a grey on the cages you are asking about, and the size is great, too. Some people will insist you need a larger cage, but from my experience with Ashlynn, that size is fine. There was a gal on the linnie forum who has more than one grey who ended up getting alluminum cages for her greys because her greys were too rough on the powder coated paint. I hope Ashlynn doesn't take after them as she gets older. She is still a baby.