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    Caiques

    First off, I wanted to say that I ran into my friend in town that rents out a couple of houses and he talked to the Caique lady and he had a place available for her!!!!!! So, she is going to get to keep her baby!!! I am so happy that it worked out this way for them.

    However, all of this reminded me that Caiques have always been "my" bird. I've worked with about a dozen of them, two of which were adults, and I'm in love. So, I want to resume my research of them so that when the time comes for me to add another bird someday WAY down the line, I can make my decision on what to get. I want to rule them out or count them in based on a ton of research, of course.

    I love an active animal, and have been around many, so their constant need to be on the move is not an issue for me. I mean, seriously, look at the amount of toys my budgies have, lol. There will be plenty for whatever bird I end up with to do. I really don't want an inactive bird, as a matter of fact.

    Noise level shouldn't be a major issue at that point either. When we get another bird, we will be living in the desert of Southern California, most likely. So, the bird will have access to a well built outdoor aviary at times as well as a large indoor cage. When Jake is home and I'm not, he can take the bird outside to play in the outdoor aviary if he/she is being loud. That and the fact that we'll have a multiple bedroom house by them. A closed door and some house plants would tremendously help with screaming. So, while I want to teach my bird NOT to scream all day, the issues that we had with Rosco, where you could not get away from her at all while screaming, will not be the same. In this house, you simply can't get away from it.

    So, anyway, noise and activity level aside, anyone have any pointers or tips? I know they are tenacious little birds with great flying ability and can be total acrobats. I know they are more likely to mimic sounds then put words together. I know you've got to be constantly giving them something to do or they go stir crazy and scream.

    And, as far as cages go, because I've been bored and pretending like I had money all day long, lol, what is a good size. I want the absolute LARGEST cage possible. I love the double flights but worry that the bar thickness wouldn't be good enough.

    These are the ones I like.

    Double flight
    http://www.mybirdcage.com/double_flight_cage.html

    Another flight type but bar thickness and spacing might be an issue
    http://www.mybirdcage.com/large_bird_aviary.html

    For outside
    http://www.bird.com/item/walk-in-avi...33458%2085X61/

    Just wish this one was wider.
    http://www.mybirdcage.com/ramp_playtop_cage.html

    Obviously, this cage won't be purchased for several more years. So, picking it out isn't all that important. I won't even have money for one for a long time. However, cage shopping is fun, so I'm having fun brainstorming.

    Now, to choose between the various species that I love... that's the hard part. I can't remember why I stopped researching Caiques. They have always been a favorite of mine.

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    Re: Caiques

    I think that those two flights have too close bar spacing and too finely gauged wire. I would look for something like the 32" wide HQ that I have, or something even bigger, but that is fit for larger birds with strong beaks.

    Caiques are so crazy, I could never handle one. I like my inactive birds!

    Clicker training is a must I would say for Caiques. When Petstar used to be on TV I remember there was a caique on once that could do a lot of different and neat tricks with props.

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    Re: Caiques

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Cricket View Post
    I think that those two flights have too close bar spacing and too finely gauged wire. I would look for something like the 32" wide HQ that I have, or something even bigger, but that is fit for larger birds with strong beaks.

    Caiques are so crazy, I could never handle one. I like my inactive birds!

    Clicker training is a must I would say for Caiques. When Petstar used to be on TV I remember there was a caique on once that could do a lot of different and neat tricks with props.
    That's what I figured with the bar spacing. I know they are much stronger but I can't seem to find anything with 3/4 inch spacing that is really wide enough for one. I need a giant cage, lol. Ah well, perhaps in a few years time, newer, bigger and better cages will be available.

    ETA... I found this one. Forgot about that one.
    http://birdcages4less.com/page/B/PRO...d_Cages/PA5743
    Last edited by WyleeWhippets; 08-04-2009 at 09:40 PM.

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    Re: Caiques

    Actually there's a woman in the parrot_lovers community on livejournal with a pair of caiques that she keeps in a double flight (They were also in the parrot enrichment e-book), so I don't think you should have any trouble with a double flight.

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    Re: Caiques

    I love the double HQ and would love to get it but IDK if a caigue could bite through that one or not. THe second flight you would have a heck of a time trying to hang toys from. I like the third one. THe last one you posted is the best one, for what I know about caiques. lol


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    Re: Caiques

    Hehe, I just played around on a few sites just to pass time and if I really ordered all I picked out it'd be over $1300 including cage cost. Not bad when you consider the bird costs about $700-900 and that I chose a TON of stuff. That's of course, not including the outdoor aviary.

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    Re: Caiques

    I have the double HQ flight cage and i love it! It's just really big lol. I've seen Caiques in person and they're no bigger than a Sun Conure and i have 3 in that cage. There are a few bent bars, but mostly from me accidentally hitting a perch and making it bend a little. I highly doubt they could snap those bars. There are a few problems like the sliding feeder doors that i have to keep zip tied shut since i can't find any bowls to fit in them (and i'm sure the Suns would be able to figure out how to open them anyway) along with the breeder doors which need to be locked because Sunny is obsessed with opening the one door so he always chews the zip ties off. Another problem is getting perches near the back of the cage because i can't hold the perch in place and reach all the way back and screw it in, so i have to pull the cage out and get someone to help me.
    But other than a few flaws i think it's a good cage, it's even big enough for Yuka to fly from perch to perch.
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    Re: Caiques

    There is a yahoo forum available through www.shadypines.com (I was planning to go through there when I was planning on a caique, which never worked out due to no fault of my own, or the breeder's - seriously, I am bitter about that, but anyway): link is http://groups.google.com/group/Caiques

    They can answer all sorts of questions. The breeder strongly recommends against the kind of thin bars that the HQ flights have. She says a caique who happened to take a liking to chewing the bars could easily break one if their mind was set on it.

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    Re: Caiques

    Has anyone tried looking into the aluminum cages?? Kings has a line out now, theyre not too bad $$ wise, but they are light, strong, wont rust, and have nice sizes out.

    Here:
    http://www.kingscages.com/SearchResu...CatID=Aluminum

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    Re: Caiques

    Quote Originally Posted by KaitlinKnuckleduster View Post
    Actually there's a woman in the parrot_lovers community on livejournal with a pair of caiques that she keeps in a double flight (They were also in the parrot enrichment e-book), so I don't think you should have any trouble with a double flight.

    I was just going to type the same thing!
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    Re: Caiques

    I love caiques. If I were to ever actively search for a fid to add to my flock, it would either be another lory, or a caique (which are just as crazy from what I have heard). I just LOVE Cosmo's personality and craziness and noisiness etc. and I understand caiques are pretty much the same without the frequent, liquid poops.

    I have the (single) flight cage for Perry & Tyler. The bars are not very strong at all. I don't know if a caique would do well in there or not. Probably depends on the individual caique (i.e. determination level to escape?). I like the last cage you posted. I'd personally go with that one.
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    Re: Caiques

    Nah. I'm passing on the flight cage idea. Not worth the risk it sounds like.

    Anyway, Jake and I were just talking about it and he's oddly not against the idea. Someday WAY down the line. We really need a house big enough to have an area just for him and to live in an area where he isn't always stuck inside and able to have HIS own hobby again. He really needs that. He used to be able to have time for a hobby and once we get to that point again, he won't be stuck in the house all the time and will be more content.

    I'm getting my Caique someday. Someday, somehow. It's GOING to happen.

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    Re: Caiques

    (why am i not surprised that mary would add a caique (BOINGY BOINGY BOINGY) to her flock?)

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    Hehehe LMAO
    Mary, Cosmo, Kaylaur, Perry & Tyler, and Spaz (temporary foster). And we can't forget the furry kids Pepper & Chewy!

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