I have a large floor flight cage, but with 2 pairs of Zebra Finches who have started nesting, each need lots of space. After looking at several cages, I chose this one based on price and size. I''m not disappointed. The first thing I noted is that the wire spacing is...
I have a large floor flight cage, but with 2 pairs of Zebra Finches who have started nesting, each need lots of space. After looking at several cages, I chose this one based on price and size. I''m not disappointed. The first thing I noted is that the wire spacing is perfect for small finches (3/8" wide).
The cage arrived just 2 days after ordering. It came in a large, rather flat, carton. The cage comes in 2 halves, the top, the plastic pan, and parts for the base. It came with 4 covered food/water cups, 3 wooden perches, and one swing. The plastic base is very deep with a pull out tray for cleaning.
It was easy to assemble. As many have said, the directions aren''t very useful. But, I never referred to them to assemble the cage. I used a set of channel locks to bend the metal tabs in. Each section comes with 3 sides already assembled. You put the back on. Once you get the 2 main sections together, you place one on top of the other. Bend all tabs in as you go when assembling. Put the top on and the entire cage onto the base and you''re done. It takes about 20-30 minutes.
I used small zip ties to reinforce where I attached the top, the sections to each other, and the cage to the base. I also used them, in lieu of the rubber clips they give you, to attach the entire cage to the stand.
The cage has 2 large swing-out doors. Within each door, are 2 sliding doors. There is an additional sliding door to the left of each large door, for a total of 6 sliding, and 2 large swing-open doors on the front of the cage. Additionally, there are 2 sliding doors on each side of the cage. So, that''s 8 total sliding doors. This is the reason I bought the cage. I can easily reach into the cage to do as needed, without disturbing anyone.
The sliding doors lock down nicely too. I keep small springs on my other cage, because the cat learned how to unlatch the lock. No need on this cage. There is a bend in one wire on each sliding door that prevents the sliding doors from being opened without some purposeful effort. The swinging doors are locked by a lifting/locking hook.
I was mindful of the review from the poor person who lost a bird because of a sharp point. I noticed that the area mentioned in the review, is on the mechanism that holds the swing door hooks. It''s aimed towards the outside of the cage. I have Zebra Finches, so my guys should always be confined to the cage, but accidents happen.
I made sure everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was well rounded. I didn''t find anything that needed to be filed. However, that "w" shaped piece of hardware was named as the culprit, so I used a miniature diamond file to make sure that it was blunted, and rounded. I didn''t want one of my finches getting loose, then hitting it in a panic to get back into the cage. It''s a reasonable precaution.
The other precaution that I''m taking is to anchor the cage, just to make absolutely sure that it can''t be knocked over accidentally. It would take quite a bit and the right angle to knock it over, but it''s very tall relative the base size. I have 2 large German Shepherds and a couple of cats, so I''m anchoring it to the windowsill.
My birds are very happy with their new home. The male has been singing since flying in. They''ve been swinging, exercising their wings, and checking out every square inch.
They''re happy, so I''m happy.