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tl;dr I was wondering if any other wrought iron cage owners had this kind of grey residue on their cages when first bought, and if it could cause harm.
Hi :) Just to clarify, I'm a new bird (budgie) owner. I started earlier in February this year, 2021, and all my feathery children have been in the usual powder coated painted cages. They like to climb around everywhere in the cage though, so I've had to replace cages quite often as paint started chipping off. I got tired of having to replace cages so often, so I went for wrought iron this time. The cage I bought was Super Deal's 53 inch rolling cage off Amazon (link: https://www.amazon.com/SUPER-DEAL-Chinchilla-Cockatiel-Cockatoo/dp/B075T5Q4PF) since their reviews were pretty good. No complains of toxic parts, just had to be careful with inspecting the cage parts and checking for any bars that might have come off.
The quality is good, but my question is the residue on my hands. While handling and inspecting the cage parts, my hands had this grey residue (first picture) and I asked the seller about it. The seller responded that it was probably dust. I washed my hands then wiped down a few cage parts with a damp cloth, then dried it with a clean dry cloth. I touched the cage parts again, running my hands over it and there was still some grey residue (second picture). A lot less than the first time but still some on my hands. For reference, in the second picture my pinkie finger is completely clean.. compare how light it is compared to my index-middle-ring fingertips.
Images: A relative suggested that it could be metal dust, something that naturally happens when metal is worked with. He also said to use a weak rubbing alcohol (like, 50% concentrate) and cotton balls to wipe the cage parts and then dry.. however I'm still waiting for the seller to reply if the rubbing alcohol might damage the (non toxic) coating on the cage.
My budgies are all already a little on the unhealthy end, they all consumed a little grit that's still inside their bodies and my avian vet isn't willing to do surgery unless it causes a serious issue (all are currently okay, just a slight tail bobbing and a few past minor infections as a result of the grit but otherwise currently good). Because of that, I'm super cautious about toxins or anything potential dangers. So, wrought iron cage owners: did you guys have this kind of grey powdery residue when you first bought the wrought iron cage?
Thanks in advance :)
 

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Hello and Welcome to Talk Parrots!

I have the same flight cage you have bought and yes they do come with a slight powdery finish which is due to storage and shipping. It protects the metal when its packaged so the cage doesn't get damaged. It won't harm your birds in anyway and it's perfectly normal you can easily wash it away. I had the same type of dusty residue on my cages.

I don't think I've ever seen my birds lick their cage surface so you won't have anything to worry about with your birds. 馃槃 ... Budgies are too busy being crazy and playful to stand around licking their cage.

Wash the dust off with a mix of dish soap and water on a sponge or even vinegar in water and then dry it well and you are good to go.

This is an amazing cage. It offers so much room for toys and accessories and new interesting perches and twisty rope perches and a great stand to store a ton of budgie needs underneath. Your birds will LOVE IT ... and so will you.

By the way ... we love photos of cage set ups and the lovely birds that go in them so if you feel like you would like to share photos of your cage and birds here please do!
 

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Hello and thank you! I just wanted to double check haha, my kiddos love climbing on cage bars and my previous powder coated, painted cages never had a dusty residue on them when assembling. Thank you so much for the reply! :)
 

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Hello and thank you! I just wanted to double check haha, my kiddos love climbing on cage bars and my previous powder coated, painted cages never had a dusty residue on them when assembling. Thank you so much for the reply! :)

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