Do the dimensions stated in the bird cage listings include seed guards?
The listed cage dimensions do not include the dimensions for the seed catchers. In general figure an additional 10 inches side-to-side and front-to-back. Using the seed catchers is optional, we don’t suggest using them, they are just another thing to wash and the birds do manage to toss things beyond the seed catchers anyway.
Questions – Windy City Parrot – receives about birds & parrots
I just have one last, quick question: do you sell something to fix the fact that I bought a cage with vertical bars not realizing the bars should be horizontal for budgies? I see my little guys struggling a bit when climbing and they do seem to do a lot of climbing on the bars… I didn’t know any better but now I see. There must be something I can put on the wires to make the climbing easier and maybe even fun for them. Any suggestions? Appreciate your help! J
WCP: If your birds are young or not accustomed to the new larger cage yet, they will get stronger as they live it in so they can grip the bars better for climbing.
All cages will have some vertical bars, some have more horizontal bars than others for support.
The decades old concern about having vertical bars is due to year ago zoos would have large iron cages with thick vertical bars and possibly no horizontal bars at all.
The birds would climb up to the top, then use their beaks to slide down the bars thus creating deep grooves in their beaks from the friction.
This will not occur with budgies and you have nothing to fear. You can add ladders
Rope woven into the bars
A long toy, anything next to the bars will give the budgies something to climb onto. Adding a small Booda perch (a 21″ or 32″) to your cage will give them a stairway to the top easily.
I hope this helps.