We have 10 Zebra Finches, of course started out with two and now we needed a large cage they love it so much room for them and many ways to get into the cage makes it easy to give more food and water. I have lots of toys on the top of the cage for them to play with. I did add some extra sticks from my other cages. I would also say it is well built it will last forever and even if I retire as a bird owner it is a nice piece of furniture you could put plants in it rolls around easy.
My husband and I purchased this aviary for our birds (5 canaries and 2 European Goldfinches) as a way to trial having an outdoor aviary. We wanted to see what it would be like for the birds without having to shell out $1000+ or spend time building an aviary ourselves. Overstock doesn't allow pictures, but I'm going to review it on Amazon as well and add pictures. Shipping was super quick: bought it Saturday night, arrived by Tuesday night. It was much larger than we first thought it would be, which was a pleasant surprise. Assembly was simple and took about an hour to put together (with a good electric drill/screwdriver). However, you DEFINITELY need 2 people to put this together. I can't imagine assembling this by myself, as the pieces were large and cumbersome. We opted against using the platform and the ladder, as I didn't want to be cleaning bird crap off of those every other day. Also, while the hanging perch in the middle is wonderful and our birds love it, the other long perches it came with are pointless. They don't anchor to the bars and roll around when the birds try to land on them, causing them to have to fly off of them anyway. We purchased our own natural wood perches from pet stores that anchor/screw to the bars. The bottom has a metal grate, so that when you take the tray out to clean it and replace paper, the birds can't fly out. This seems like something simple, but I was surprised at the number of large aviaries on the market that don't have this simple design. The bowls that came with are great as well. We fill them with water and place them on the bottom of the cage. The birds love taking a bath in them! We attached small padlocks to all the doors, because the latches are slightly flimsy. This wouldn't be a problem inside, but with the birds being outside, I was worried about raccoons, squirrels, or family kids messing with the doors. You might want to consider the sex of your birds before releasing them inside this aviary too. We have 2 male canaries that have always been in separate cages, and we debated whether to place them together or not. After reading online articles and books about aviaries, the reviews were mixed. Some people said it was OK, while others said don't do it. We decided to give it a try and within a day discovered that it would never work. When one male wanted to "sing" and attract the females, the other male would dive-bomb him and vice-versa, causing a fight to ensue. We decided to give it a day or two, hoping they would calm down. But after watching them pull each others' feather out, my husband took the male out that we don't want to breed right now. While my husband has had birds for 22 years and myself for 7, we have never owned an aviary before, so it was trial and error. Perhaps males can only live together in VERY large aviaries??? Who knows . . . One last thing: If you don't have a bird net, I recommend getting one, because once you put your birds in this aviary, there is NO WAY to get them out without one. Don't be fooled by the old adage that birds will fly upward when entering or opening an aviary. While this is generally true, I had a learning experience with this aviary, and luckily we still had it inside. I opened the large bottom door to replace water bowls, and one bird quickly flew out into our house. I will never make that mistake again! :)
I was disappointed with the size of the front door of the cage and the 2 small slide up openings. This is NOT a good cage for finches as when I opened the door, very carefully, I still had a bird escape on me. It would be perfect for a cockatiel or even tame parakeets. I will have to figure out something to prevent the birds from escaping when I change their food dishes. The two small slide up openings are WAY too small!!! Again, I will have to figure out something different. Other than those 2 flaws, it is a nice cage, just not for finches :(
I have owned this Extra Large cage for my two greencheek conures for about two years. Technically, the birds only use the top portion of the cage 95% of the time, but I still like the cage. It moves easily on wheels, so I move the cage from one room to another as needed. Installation is not hard, but the final stage putting the top of the cage together helps tremendously when a second set of hands are used. Periodically you need to have the cage broken down and cleaned thoroughly. With that said, the daily cleaning chore is made easy by having a tray on the bottom of the cage. It just needs two full newspaper pages spread out on the bottom of the cage. You can install only half of the cage together if you want to create a shorter cage. This comes in handy in the winter if you want to cover the cage all the way. Because it is so big, the cage cover typically covers most of the cage, and your cage cover will be primarily sheets or light blankets to prevent a draft and to promote sleep with a dark interior. The side doors which are not strong enough for some birds were adequate me. My pets never tried to open these side doors. Only complaint for the side doors is the tight hinge trigger similar to one of a mousetrap. If you let your bird in or out of that side door, be EXTRA careful as it may spring back on the bird and kill it as it is coming or going from that entrance. I use it mainly to get access to the food dish and water dish for food changes. Finally, the perches are simply bird food, and will get chewed to pieces in a matter of time for most parrots. The good news is that you can replace them as needed with wooden dowels at your local **** ****** for about $* to $* each, depending on the diameter and density of the wood. Except for the room needed for this cage (it simply is larger than imagined), if you want your bird to have plenty of room to roam and not feel too confined, then feel free to spend $*** - $*** online for this cage.
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