I posted this on this thread because I didn't want to start a new thread for a fairly insignificant topic.
Regarding the beginning of this post, I've decided not to try to house Shira and Joelle together. They get along fine outside the cages, but fuss sometimes. I believe there will come a day when Joelle becomes very possessive in her cage, and I didn't want to take a chance on having her become aggressive toward Shira when that happens. She really is quite a bit larger than Shira. Additionally, Shira wouldn't back down from a confrontation. Shira would attack a lion if the mood struck her.
Soooooooooooooooooooo - to my point for posting now.
I have ordered an A&E large, triple stack cage. I had not really wanted to order from this company, but so many of you have posted how pleased you have been with your cages from them, and this was the only stacking cage with these features that I could find available to me. It has outside feeder access, which is important to me. The bar spacing is listed as either 1/2" or 3/4", depending on how they are measuring, but it should be good for the birds I intend to house in this cage. The dimensions are 36"X24"X21".
I intend to give Roni one of the cages and Joelle another one. I intend to put Joelle on the bottom because quakers live in those communal nests, apartment type things really. I think she will do fine there. They commonly house quaker babies on the bottom cage of stacking sets at the bird store, although Joelle herself was not housed in one while she happened to be there.
At any rate, these dimensions on these cages are very similar to the cage Roni is currently housed in if one would simply flip her current cage on its side. Right now she is in a cage that is 24"x22"x34". She is VERY happy there. I've housed her in larger cages, but she plays the most and seems the happiest in a cage this size. Joelle is also very happy in a cage this size. Roni and Joelle are similar in size, although Roni's body is much bulkier and Joelle is actually longer.
As for the third occupant, I have many options but I haven't decided for certain who will be put there. Taylor has a seriously long tail, so I thought the 21" height would be a problem, but the folks at the bird store didn't think it would be. She was housed the entire time she was in the bird store in a birdie bassinet that had similar dimensions or in a stacking cage with similar but smaller dimensions, so she should be used to that type of cage. Taylor weighs more than Joelle and less than Roni, but is even longer than Joelle. Her toes are really long!
I guess it is because she is such a long bird. Her toes are much longer than Roni's and Joelle's. I believe her toes are even longer than Daisy's, and Daisy is almost but not quite double her weight.
Another bird I could put in there is Daisy. However, she really loves her current cage, and she is the only bird who has liked that cage.
Shira could go in there, too, but I think the bar spacing is a bit wide for her.
At any rate, the cage will fit into the space where I now have three smaller single cages, so all of the birds should either be graduating into a cage with larger interior space than they have currently or very similar interior space.
Two of the three cages being taken out of everyday use were originally purchased as temporary cages for when I take the birds outside or to work with me, so they will be returned to their original usage. One of the cages was purchased to be an everyday usage cage. I could convert it to a play cage.
How many of you think I will keep an empty cage empty?