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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2015, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Today is my birthday, so we went out for the day. We came home briefly in the afternoon and were getting ready to leave for my Mom's house. DP needed a quick nap so my daughter and I were in her room. She looked up and her bourke had her head stuck between the bars of the grate! I took the tray out, so I could reach her from underneath, and put my other hand into the cage to hold her still, then pushed her head very gently back through the bars. She seems ok, but will have to stay in the travel cage tonight. I had planned to order her a new cage anyway, but now I need one pronto. We'll go look at the bird store tomorrow, but I would rather order something to get a better cage for less. In the mean time, I may just purchase a small parakeet cage. She did eat and drink before we put her to bed, do you think the travel cage will be ok overnight?
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Poor thing! Does your cage have the ability to take the grate out completely? You could do that temporarily until you get a new cage instead of keeping her in the travel cage.
I'm glad she's ok!

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Yes, I can pull the grate out, but it would leave a bigger gap than the bars. She seems to be doing fine, still eating and drinking normally, normal poop, chirpy and everything. We're giving her more out of cage time since it's such a small space.
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Can you put papers on top of the grate to protect her from it. How big is her travel cage? Also, hardware stores carry a plastic hardware cloth, I used it to line my cage because the bars were too big. It's really easy to can cut it with scissors and attach it with zip ties. It'll get messy on the grate (unless covered with paper) but it will give you time before you need to buy a new cage so you can find a better one.

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I had papers on the grate when she stuck her head through. It wouldn't matter even if I could take it out, the sides of the cage have the same bar spacing...5/'s just too big, and I can't take the chance.

Her travel cage is too small, but she is getting lots of time outside the cage.
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Oh dear! At least you got to her in time I personally do not like grates myself. They make one heck of a mess and they can be a death trap. Bourke's forage a lot on the ground so it's something to consider when getting a new cage for sure. Glad to hear all is well now though

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Thanks everyone! Yes, I'm glad I was there when she did it. My daughter was crying, I was shaking...she ran to get a neighbor, but I was able to do it before they came back. Watching her now in the travel cage, I can see how it probably happened. She has been lifting the paper, then almost trying to dig out, and she rolls onto her side. She's just playing, and it's fine in the travel cage, but with 5/8 inch her head would (did) go through the bars.
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