Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:33 PM
Rust isn't all that toxic, it is just oxidizing iron, and a little actually shouildn't harm us or birds as our bodies use this substance for good, , as even dog food has a certian amount of iron oxide in it form rust on the machinery used to process it, cooking with cast iron adds iron into our diet. Question is how old is the cage and what is it made of as older metals are known to have lead and othe toxic chemicles added to them. Old paint on an old cage older than 30 years might very well have lead in it, not to mention if any rusted jagged edges cut your bird they could end up with tetnis, or a blood poisoning, hell I have been ripped open by chicken wire points. Chicken wire has pointed edges where it is cut, and the bird could very easy choke itself if he manages to squeeze through the cage and tangle in the chicken wire or cut hiself on any barbs. Sorry but get your bird a proper cage that is safe for him the bar spacing is way to big for a budgie., look on craigslist as I see cages on there for cheap all the time. If you had a kid would you make him sleep in a bed that could be harmfull or fatal because you didn't want to buy him a proper one.. Vet bill are much more than bird cages, and it is a terrible feeling when your bird dies, as my female Kak died from a having multiple mni siezures 2 months ago and it was tough. Imagine it was your fault
My Kakariki got stuck trying to get through his bars when he was a baby, his one wing was threw and being torqued badly and I had to pull the bars apart to free him If hadn't of been home he could have died as he was panicking wildly. I removed him from that cage until he was older and couldn't fit through. If he was struggling against chicken wire he probably would have died or broke a wing beak etc. A cage is a one time investment and is the most important item you will purchase for your bird, it is there forever home so make it nice.