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Offline Higgins

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Cages for Parrots
« on: October 23, 2010, 04:46:32 AM »
I want to get an African grey parrot, but I'm not sure what kind of cage to buy, because I'm at work from 11am till 6pm, but I have a hour and a half break in which I can come home. I was looking at this cage, but would it do? I mean I would let my parrot have full freedom to come and go from the cage: http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/birds/bird_cages_and_accessories/parrot_cages/19487.

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Re: Cages for Parrots
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 04:00:12 PM »
Uhm, in my opinion that cage is much too small for an African Grey.
My partners mother has an Eclectus Parrot, which are substantially smaller than Grey's, and his cage is several times the size of that.

Especially is you are going to be gone for 7 hours a day, I would suggest something a lot larger.
Remember, they need to at the very least be able to completely stretch their adult size wings, and I would aim for double that size.
Grey's live forever, and you'll want he or she to be as happy as possible.

If it were my bird I would try and get a cage like this;
http://www.african-grey-parrotonline.com/images/african-grey-parrot-cage.jpg

Or this,
http://www.birdtrader.co.uk/uploads/BT101068_1.jpg

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Re: Cages for Parrots
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 12:29:11 PM »
Guess it is a bit small, just checked the dimensions of it and its only 3 feet tall. I found a much better cage for just about double the price: http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/birds/bird_cages_and_accessories/parrot_cages/99942.

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Re: Cages for Parrots
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2010, 05:00:00 PM »
I think that is a very nice cage!

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Re: Cages for Parrots
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2011, 02:00:51 PM »
I personally wouldn't recommend a grey to have full freedom to come and go from his cage because there are too many hazards in the home. Parrots tend to chew everything they can get their beaks on and he'll be more than happy to ingest and destroy your woodwork, your furniture, your books, anything that's in reach...including electrical cords, bits of plastic and paint chips, which would be fatal to him. Also, I can't tell you how many stories I've heard of owners who lost track of where their birds were and stepped on them or crushed them behind a suddenly opening door.  Get a big enough cage and have a selection of fun toys inside, and as long as you interact with him daily when you're home, he should be a very happy bird. Also, having to depend on your for his "out of cage fun time" reinforces the fact that you're the "flock leader"  ;)