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    Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Reposting this because people seem to have missed it in the last thread.

    But, anywho, I'm planning on a Linnie and may be going on long vacations. However, to save money I'm going to use the travel cage as a sleep cage.

    I think I have the general size idea... but just in case, what do you guys think of these ones:

    Avian Hotel

    It's relatively large and comes with an (albeit separate) carrying case.

    Transport Cage

    This one doesn't look as sturdy or nice but it's cheaper and comes in two sizes... not sure which size I would go with. It also folds up.

    For carrier's I've seen those backpacks (lemme get my Bird Talk for a sec) kay, Pak-O-Bird? Or the Wingabago. But, anyways, I was wondering if they also work for carriers in the car?

    And then there's these which look very nice (especially with the open tops):

    Kohala

    And these ones which look like normal carriers:

    Kekaha

    Lemme know ^^

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    I would defiantely go with the first one, if you are planning to use it frequently as a sleep cage.

    I have ones similar to the last two for my pionus, but I only use them to transport from place to place, never for an extended period of time (i.e. overnight).

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Quote Originally Posted by Wysteria Peacock View Post
    I would defiantely go with the first one, if you are planning to use it frequently as a sleep cage.
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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Awesome, that's the one I was looking at.

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Mkay so there's two I'm looking at.

    Travel Cage 1

    It seems to have a lot of traveling features and has really tiny bar spacing (good thing). But it's smaller then:

    Travel Cage 2

    which has 1/2" bar spacing, larger room, some of the features the other one has but not as many.

    So which one sounds better for a linnie's sleep/travel cage?

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Quote Originally Posted by BarkingPup View Post
    Mkay so there's two I'm looking at.

    Travel Cage 1

    It seems to have a lot of traveling features and has really tiny bar spacing (good thing). But it's smaller then:

    Travel Cage 2

    which has 1/2" bar spacing, larger room, some of the features the other one has but not as many.

    So which one sounds better for a linnie's sleep/travel cage?

    I would skip the first one -- the King's Cage through Parrotdise Perch. My broto 'keet is about the same size as a linnie and he could squeeze partway through the bars of that cage. It's a little more than 5/8". I would be afraid that a linnie could do the same and get injured.

    The second cage (Poquito Hotel) would be a better choice. That said, I've heard that the construction is pretty shoddy now that Midwest took over manufacturing for Avian Adventures.

    I picked up a second cage for Pickle at Petco. It was advertised as a parakeet cage and has 3/8" spacing (his normal cage has 1/2" spacing). It's nothing fancy but it works well as a boarding cage. I pop him in it every few weeks between being boarded so he's quite familiar with it. You might want to check around your area for pet stores. If they don't have anything on the floor ask if they have catalogs from their suppliers that you can look at.

    ETA -- I would also recommend skipping that transport cage in your first post. Those cages have a bar spacing of about 3/4". Too risky for a bitty 'keet like a linnie.

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Hmmm, I wasn't aware the construction was shoddy (that's why I come here!). I'll try the pet stores, we only have three. Would an animal cage (hamster, rabbit, etc.) work as well? The only pet store that has a good selection is Total Pet when it comes to bird cages...

    I do have an old hamster cage that's 20" high x 21" long x 11" wide. It's a little too short in the width for my liking but I suppose it could be used in an emergency.

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Quote Originally Posted by BarkingPup View Post
    Hmmm, I wasn't aware the construction was shoddy (that's why I come here!). I'll try the pet stores, we only have three. Would an animal cage (hamster, rabbit, etc.) work as well? The only pet store that has a good selection is Total Pet when it comes to bird cages...

    I do have an old hamster cage that's 20" high x 21" long x 11" wide. It's a little too short in the width for my liking but I suppose it could be used in an emergency.
    I've read some complaints about the Poquito on other forums and to be honest, wasn't impressed when I saw them in person at a couple of the shops. The size was good but the quality wasn't what I would expect from an AA cage.

    A hamster cage might work -- I think that Helen (pixibubbles) has used rodent cages as sleep cages in the past. While the width of the cage you mention isn't the greatest they height and length are good. I think that it would be just fine as a sleep cage and/or boarding/vacation cage.

    If you want something bigger as a sleep/boarding/vacation cage, try to find one of those 30x18x18 "finch flights", like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Brand-Aviary-B...8378014&sr=8-1

    or this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Brand-Aviary-B...8378014&sr=8-3

    If you are worried about the guillotine-style doors you can use plastic clips or zip ties/cable ties (NOT twist ties as they contain metal) to keep them shut. If your linnie isn't a destructo-keet like my Pickle you can just use SST coop cups to anchor the doors closed.

    Did you decide on a full-sized cage? You might want to consider the HQ flight cage: http://www.birdscomfort.com/flight_bird_cage.html

    and the AE flight cage: http://www.birdcagecentral.com/finch-haven.htm

    The are immensely popular for small parrot species, including conures.

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Yeah, I'm not to hot on the width. But I'm short on funds so I suppose the hamster cage will work good until I can save up for a nicer cage.

    Oooh, they do look nice and large. And cheap. I'll put those on the possibility list.

    I have an awesome full size cage (bought several years ago) Cage and on sale real cheap. I want to fix the shelves so they're not grates but I love it.

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    sleep cage?
    I've used hamster cages as a normal cage. Though it may have been a rat cage. It was (i think) penine, poweder coated, had the right bar spacing, was solid, good size doors and was BIG. cost me half what a similar bird cage would have- and the shelves were really useful as Sparks struggled with her feet as she got older.

    i have a tiny, tiny travel cage- like only just big enough to spread the wings to stretch. This is cause i was in an accident a couple of years ago and my lovie had been in a larger cage- she was flung against the bars and hurt, and after that started plucking Tiny cages dont give them so much room to move, so no chance for momentum, which i think ultimately, was the problem. My current travel cage is a rodent carrier- so little, little. On top of that i have a parakeet cage too- it was about 10 at a bird show, can fold flat, is narrow enough to sit on most windowsills, but big enough that Sammy can move around happily. When i'm at home it's his sleep cage (1- if he has his toys he plays with them and wont settle, 2- if i had to get out quick it's a LOT easier to grab), and when we go away, it's his holiday cage too.

    Dont know if that helps!

    Just if you go hamster cage route- make sure it's a good manufacturer and well powder coated. Some are galvenised- and as we know that's a big no no for the fids.


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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    I do want to get a separate carrier, preferably very small so the hamster cage would just be for sleep/travel. I don't know what kind of coating the hamster cage is. I might buy a simple martins cage and use that...

    Hmmm, does galvanized steel look like bare steel? And powder coated doesn't?
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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    --galvanized steel looks like it's got a coat of something white & dull on it. NOT good as it's coated in zinc. (zinc is very bad for birds)

    -- powder coated is a dry paint treatment that is very durable. Most of the larger cages are powder coated..

    -- most of the hammy cages I've seen have just had spray painted or even plastic-y material coated bars... not ideal... but would probably be okay temporarily.

    I love the first travel cage you put up... oh how I wish they made bird cages fold down like dog crates do.
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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Quote Originally Posted by HollyTiel View Post
    --galvanized steel looks like it's got a coat of something white & dull on it. NOT good as it's coated in zinc. (zinc is very bad for birds)

    -- powder coated is a dry paint treatment that is very durable. Most of the larger cages are powder coated..

    -- most of the hammy cages I've seen have just had spray painted or even plastic-y material coated bars... not ideal... but would probably be okay temporarily.

    I love the first travel cage you put up... oh how I wish they made bird cages fold down like dog crates do.
    Hmmm... I think The hamster cage has that rubbery stuff on it. It's kinda rusted and chewed... which has me worried. Could I cover the rust and bare patches with... um, ducttape or something? I'm still looking for a proper travel cage but, ****, it's tuff.

    Yeah, anything that folds down for easy storage is ideal. I wish my cat carriers did it; those things take up so much room.

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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    I wouldn't use the hamster cage if the bar coating is already coming off & the fid will spend more than a short trip in it.

    I suppose if you had to use it... sand off the rust (vinegar can help remove rust too) and spray paint it. There are many threads about safER spray paints (none are ideal). I don't see this as worth the effort/time if you can get a good used/new small cage cheaply.

    In the USA we have craigslist.org which is an online 'local' classified. Have you searched around for used cages?

    Do you have little cages like this at local shops? It would be okay as a travel cage so long as there was plenty of time out.
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    Re: Linnie Travel/sleep Cage and Carrier

    Oh heaven's, no, I wouldn't use that old thing for anything but a car trip and maaaaybe a couple hours.

    I have looked for used cages and there isn't much in my town. PG doesn't use Craigslist, they use Kijiji. At the moment there's one I think... and it looks a little... bad.

    I believe there are a lot of those. But they're unbelievably overpriced... like, a cage that size would be at least 30-40 dollars (depending where you went) without any extras in it. I think I'll shop online for this...

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