Thought I'd share some pics of my cage setups because I know there are lots of new people looking for ideas about cages. I hope others might post here as well - not only photos, but also explanations for certain ideas you have so we might help the new bird owners.
My birds like the setups and since I have such a variety of birds, I'm hoping that these pics will help nearly everyone with small to medium-sized birds.
First, I'd like to mention some standards that I employ and do not deviate from, both for the welfare of my birds and also for their enjoyment.
1. I purchase only large cages - even for tiny birds. My parrotlet has the same size cage as the Indian Ringnecks.
2. Each cage I purchase comes with a platform and ladder. I use the platform for the feeding station. I use 3 dishes – 1 for water, 1 for seed/pellet mix and 1 for salad/cooked food mix.
3. No toys or other items are ever hung above the feeding station. It’s important to keep food and water clean.
4. I provide toys for several activities: climbing and swinging, shaking and ringing, and chewing toys.
5. I make sure that there is plenty of room for the birds to spread and flap their wings unobstructed.
6. I use only ceramic, stainless steel or parrot-safe plastic dishes for safety and ease of cleaning.
7. Perches are made of rope, grape root or wood of a variety of shapes and sizes. This prevents foot cramping and other foot ailments. When the feet are comfortable, the bird feels better.
8. I place towels across all the cage tops. This keeps the inside of the cages free of falling debris from top-of-the-cage activities and provides the birds with yet another comfy surface on which to walk.
9. Tops of cages provide a wide variety of items for different activities. I attached grape root to one cage, have play gyms on others, use birdy tents and huts. There are plush toys (bird or dog safe), chew toys, balls, rattles, leather and rope, among others. The birds need mental stimulation and this setup provides it.
10. Each bird has his own cage – except for my 2 house sparrows. They share a cage.
11. The seed trays at the bottoms are lined with unprinted newspaper which I purchase at U-Haul for an incredibly low price - $8.80 per box of 140 large sheets. Lasts a very long time and is non-toxic.
12. I also have a 2’ by 4’ playpen which I built myself. It has 2 grape roots attached to the floor and a large boing slung between them. The birds love to use it.
I hope this explanation helps people looking for ideas. I'm posting the pictures next....