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Hello Senegal owners. What kind of cage do you have for your Senegal? My Senegal started chewing on the bars and took the
powder coat off. Do you know if this is poison?
What kind of cage should I get that she can not chew off the paint.
The cage I have is really nice and now I think it is ruined. Can it be repainted and used for a non chewer?
I know she will continue to take off the paint. She has tons of toys and is out of the cage when we are home.
Even when she is out of the cage I notice her chewing on it.
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We had our sennie in a HQ flight cage powder coated platinum. He didn't chew on the cage, only on me. What type do you have her in right now?
 

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The paint is safe for the birds, it's not toxic. If she ingests any flakes, it could cause problems, because the edges are sharp, but birds are smart - they know not to eat what they chew.

You can repaint it, I think Krylon is bird safe, if properly dried and aired out for a few days? I would investigate it a little bit, but that's what I've heard, never done it myself
 

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I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be toxic, what with parrots being notorious chewers. most brands would know that so you should be ok.

if you cant find a cage thats not painted or she can't chew, give her other things to chew like paper ect, that should stop her chewing the cage.
 

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Thanks. I am not sure what kind of cage it is. I bought it a few years ago and it has no name brand on it. I can post a picture of it in a few days. She seems herself, so I guess she is okay. She keeps chewing at the bars though. I just don't want them to rust.
She has a lot of stuff to chew on but I guess she prefers her cage.
 

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My senegal is in a powder coated cage, she just hasn't tried to chew on it, yet. I hope she doesn't. I suspect yours will continue, just as you predict, once she starts. Probably some new game for her.

The only cages I know of that don't have the paint are the stainless steel ones, and they are exceptionally expensive. Oh, and there are also acrylic cages that are strong enough for a senegal. I don't know the brand name on the acrylic cages, but I suspect they are less expensive than the stainless steel. I can ask at the bird store what the brand is for the acrylic cages. They have some there. Normally they have lories or aracaris in them, but right now they have a pair of caiques in one, so I'm sure it would also do for a senegal. I'll ask next time I am there.

What we won't do for our senegals. :rolleyes:
 

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I would love to find an acrylic cage for my lorikeet. Please let me know about this cage. My Senagal will probably always chew. Stainless steel are expensive. I will have to save for one of those.
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I need to go to the store this week-end, so I'll ask about the acrylic cages and post the info on here after that. If anyone else knows about the acrylic cages, please go ahead and post the info, too.
 

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Are we talking about acrylic as in plexiglass cages? all the reading I have done says parrots want to climb and aren't able with see through sides. Just a thought.
As I reread my post not see through the sides sounds dumb, what was I thinking? I think I meant they cannot climb up the sides, duh..
 

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I got only spotty information on the acrylic cages today. I'll try to get better info later this week-end.
 

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Sorry, I'm still working on getting the info, but I should get it during the early part of this next week when I actually go and make the arrangements to get the Maximillian Pionus for my daughter.
 

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What about offering her more foraging sources and softer wood pieces. Our guy has several wood toys and he really enjoys chewing on them.

Jack used to chew bars, but once he had more out of cage time, he stopped doing it.... unless he didn't get out much.... but since then I've upgraded him to something huge and he's never chewed the bars ago.

So perhaps Electra is bored and needs some foraging toys to keep her busy, or some wood to chew on instead?
 

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Scooter is in an Avian Adventures cage... which is much bigger then Electra's cage.

She could be chewing cause she needs more space and finds her current cage to be too small
 

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You might be able to have the cage powdercoated again (I believe some autobody shops do this) but I'm not entirely sure how safe that is.

I've read that it's OK to repaint cages with paints that are nursery safe but I don't know of any products to recommend.

I'm not sure what cages are most readily available to you in Canada but brands that I see recommended most often here in the states are HQ, AE, Avian Adventures (now owned by Midwest) and Featherland.

I'm particularly impressed by Featherland as they offer models that fold, which makes things easy if you live in a small place and need to manuver the cage around for cleaning. They also offer their cages in both powder coated and stainless steel. For a parrot that chews you may want to upgrade to stainless steel. It's not cheap but it will last.

http://www.featherlandproduct.com/

http://www.midwesthomes4pets.com/category/default.aspx?subcat=5&submenu=1&catid=52

http://www.parrotdiseperch.com/parrot/index.php

Oh! Check out this site on a Senegal parrot -- it's really neat: http://home.earthlink.net/~senegalparrot/Birds/Senegal.html
 

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Hey Linnielover, thanks for posting pics. Electra needs a cage at least twice the size she is in now. I bet a larger cage and she will stop chewing the bars. Look at Hq or Avianadventures. Don't go smaller than 31x21x35.
 

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Linnielover,
I looked again at the acrylic cages I had once talked about, and I was mistaken about the way they are built. I thought they had little holes drilled all over for mounting perches, but they only have one set of double rows of them. I do not think you could put enough perches in those cages to keep a senegal happy. I am sorry I mentioned them because I do not now think they would be appropriate.

Stainless steel is very expensive, but might be the only option. I'd hate to see you invest in another larger powder coated cage only to have the senegal chip paint off of those bars, too, and that could happen since the habit has developed, although it might not. Maybe you could try a used larger powder coated cage to see if the size or a different type of powder coating will really help.

It is a tough decision to make. I don't envy you.
 
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