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#1 lolalucy

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 06:48 PM

Hello all. I am new to the forum. We have a 3 month old pineapple green cheek conure and now are wanting to get a TAG from the same breeder. The eggs are due to hatch on May 13 so will be late August before we get him. I want to be prepared so am looking for a cage to go ahead and buy and get set up. Is this an appropriate cage for a TAG? HQ Large Parrot Aviary Cage - Presented by BirdsComfort.com
If not please if anyone has bought a nice parrot cage at a good price post the link as I am overwhelmed after looking at so many cages and I am trying to stay under about 250.00 if at all possible.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:08 PM

Hi:icon_biggrin:

Ok, that cage isn't suitable for a number of reasons. Bar spacing is too small (should be 3/4 inch for the average size TAG), there are only two bowls which are way too small for a Grey and the bars aren't thick enough.

It's also not the ideal shape, best shape from the bird's perspective (which is what matters, not yours:icon_biggrin:) is a rectangular cage. Width is more important than height, although they need that too!:thumbup1:

This is Henry's cage and is the ideal shape and size for a CAG or TAG...

HENRY'S CAGE - a set on Flickr




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HENRY'S CAGE

Flat top cages are better than dome top, be that play top or solid top.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:10 PM

Just looked at the cage again and it does say the type of bird it's suitable for...

small birds such as cockatiels, quakers, conures, pionus, caiques tiny birds such as finches, canaries, parrotlets, parakeets, lovebirds


So absolutely, definitely no good for a Grey!:ywink:

#4 lolalucy

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:13 PM

Ahh thanks will keep looking:)

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:17 PM

Ahh thanks will keep looking:)


I can't help with where to buy I'm afraid as I live in the UK but I know there are lots of retailers over there who sell good cages. I think your budget is way low though, you mustn't scrimp on the purchase of a suitable cage :icon_biggrin:

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:17 PM

Hmm is this better? If I am being unrealistic with my budget please feel free to say so as I want to make sure my parrot is happy.
Amazon.com: New Large Open Play Top Bird Cage Parrot Finch Macaw Cage Premium Quality Birdcages: Home & Garden

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:21 PM

I can't help with where to buy I'm afraid as I live in the UK but I know there are lots of retailers over there who sell good cages. I think your budget is way low though, you mustn't scrimp on the purchase of a suitable cage :icon_biggrin:


Oops I posted at same time you did. Thanks for the tip. I will definately up the budget.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:23 PM

Hmm is this better? If I am being unrealistic with my budget please feel free to say so as I want to make sure my parrot is happy.
Amazon.com: New Large Open Play Top Bird Cage Parrot Finch Macaw Cage Premium Quality Birdcages: Home & Garden


It's tricky to judge from that photo but it looks flimsy to me. You really do get what you pay for and I personally wouldn't buy that one, it's just too cheap and looks cheaply made.

Not being negative here by the way, just offering good advice :icon_biggrin:

Buying a cheap cage like that will cost you more in the long run as you'll almost certainly need to replace it within a couple of years.

Try and find a rectangular flat or play top cage.

Search the forum for the strangulation dangers of open-top dome cages :ywink:

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:26 PM

Thanks for the advice and I completely understand you aren't being negative. That's why I am glad I found this forum, as I like to research everything and make sure I am going to be a good TAG owner. I have now upped the budget LOL. Hubby and I are on vacation in a week and going to stay at a casino in Mississippi. We decided to cut the stay short by a day which will save us 400.00 which can be added to the bird budget. Thanks for your help it is greatly appreciated.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:27 PM

This is a far more suitable cage and far more realistic budget..

HQ Play Top Large Bird Cage - Presented by BirdsComfort.com

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:28 PM

This is a far more suitable cage and far more realistic budget..

HQ Play Top Large Bird Cage - Presented by BirdsComfort.com


Hmmmm, bar spacing on that one may be too big though but the cage size is perfect. That should give you an idea what to look for :thumbup1:

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:34 PM

A heads-up! Don't buy one of these!

Cages for African Greys - Quality Discount Cages

Everyone I know who's had one says the bird spends all it's time in the highest part (as most birds do) which is also the smallest part of the cage! Not a good design at all!

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

Thanks for being so helpful. I was just about to order the one you recommended as it looks perfect! But then noticed you posted again about the spacing. Will try to find a similar one though with better bar spacing.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:37 PM

How to Choose a Cage for an African Grey Parrot | eHow.com

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:39 PM

Hopefully someone will be along soon who can recommend a reputable website for you now you know the kind of dimensions to go for :thumbup1:

I'm still looking for you though!:icon_biggrin:

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:44 PM

Thanks for being so helpful. I was just about to order the one you recommended as it looks perfect! But then noticed you posted again about the spacing. Will try to find a similar one though with better bar spacing.


I've just read on another forum someone who has a TAG bought a cage with a 1 inch bar spacing and she says her TAG can stick it's head through. So definitely go for 3/4 of an inch.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:49 PM

Ok I have found this. But I think I am missing something somewhere as it is only 100.00 and 5.00 shipping. Sounds too good to be true. 4040FL [AE 4040FL] - $100.00 : Zen Cart!, The Art of E-commerce

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:58 PM

That is actually the single version of Mojo and Shinda's cage..

MOJO & SHINDA'S CAGE - a set on Flickr



In the UK that cage, the single one I mean, costs about £330 which is about $488 so I'd be VERY suspicious of that!



This is the cage on a UK website..

Arkansas I Single Parrot Cage by Montana with FREE Delivery from




This is the double version of it which my two youngest birds share..

Arkansas II Double Parrot Cage by Montana with FREE Delivery from


It has got a 1 inch bar spacing though so may not really be suitable anyway.

Come on you TAG owners! Let's have your opinions on bar spacing! :icon_biggrin::icon_biggrin:

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 08:25 PM

I am not TAG owner but I think the cage Pippy suggested from Birdscomfort.com or this one HQ Playtop Medium Bird Cage - Presented by BirdsComfort.com would be great. The one I posted is a little smaller but with enough time outside the cage I think it would be fine. It is a little closer to your price range.

Birdscomfort.com is a great site to order from. If something is wrong they fix it.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 08:33 PM

I recently bought this cage for our RB2 and was extremely happy with the price, service and shipping!

Dog Crate Bird Cage Kennel With Top Quality and Wholesale Prices

This is the cage we have for our TAG although I didn't get it from here. We bought it from the breeder at a good price so I'm not sure if you could find it cheaper. She loves this cage though, the playtop and the little front porch on top are great!

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