3 - BUDGIE CAGES
Space, security and long/low vs. tall/high!
NEVER EVER get a "parakeet starter" kit cage.
little dungeons are 'way 'way 'WAY too small for a keet. Think
about it this way - ideally, you want to have a family pet who
interacts with the family...you probably won't get that with a living
space smaller than a shoebox. You want to offer enough space to
exercise, play with toys, and other sorts of interaction.
get a cage at least 18x18x18"...and hopefully bigger. The
reason why you want to go with the longer, low cages is that parakeets
fly left-right, and not up-and-down - tower cages generally have
birdies roosting near the top and ignoring the middle/bottom
spacings between the bars should be 1/2" to 5/8"...but no larger, else
the parakeet might get stuck in between.
what I like including in my cages:
can you get good-quality cages?
are several ways. Certainly, you can buy them at petshops.
But before doing that, check out:
Your Local Craigslist ads.
"cage" next to "search for" and click "Search."
Do this on that page, not in this
ebook (the search button is disabled here).
what's displayed? Generally, a good number of bird cages from
folks who just want to get rid of them.
Another great way to find cages at super prices is to check out:
eBay is only for collectibles? Think again!
is a wonderful selling venue for merchants with brand new merchandise
as well. I wrote several books about eBay selling - you can
explore them more at AuctionSearchProfits.
I digress. :-)
all those cages waiting for you?
in mind, many of them will have a considerable shipping/handling
fee. For example, you might have one that is listed at a starting
bid of 1 cent...but the S/H is then $78.65.
If at all possible, you really want to look at local cages...say,
within a 100 mile radius. On the left hand side of the
page, you'll see something that looks like (NOTE! Below is not
operational, it's for illustration only:
that "Location" search? Select "100" next to "Items within", put
in your zip code, and click
see something like:
next place to explore for discounted cages is
often, you can uncover parakeet and cockatiel cages at your local
thrift store. An easy way to find these are to visit Yahoo Local . There, type:
"Search for", set your zip code, and then click Search.
Keeping in the same spirit as our earlier San Diego example, the search
for zip code 92111 will bring you here.
Some of the listings I see are:
"I really enjoyed going to Amvets. It had a great selection and was of course cheap..." more
places that offer a similar zip code search include:
else can you find cages? Consider:
might be lucky enough and some folks in your neighborhood want to sell
off their bird cages. You can easily find all the local papers in
your area by visiting
browsing to your country/state/locale etc. From there, visit the
newspapers in question and search for their Classifieds listings.
that's all the Internet has to offer regarding finding great
cages? No no no! Sometimes people are so eager to get rid
of their cages, they'll give them away for free via the:
is a national organization that lets you freely recycle items you don't
want with people in your neighborhood. Their main site is
majority of Freecycle groups are hosted off of Yahoo Groups. Here are a few
direct links to some locations:
you've joined and read the rules, you can post your own Wanted: request.
are discounted cage places online as well! Your next adventure is
to Google and search for:
not just search for "parakeet cage"? Mainly because I've found
lots of the responses are from your typical big-name sites online.
You can take advantage of all the ads on the right hand side (called "Adwords"), and then also peruse what's returned. For example, at the time of this writing, I see:
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like using the long, low 30x18x18" flight cages, and bought mine at Desmond
Pet Depot. I find these to be quite beneficial because the
two handles on top make for easy carrying (I put my birdies to bed in a
different room), and the top lets me put a birdiebath and a playgym on
it as well during the day.
can also choose to browse Avian-type classifieds as well! Two to
You should have a pretty good idea now about cages...where to find them
and how to buy them. It's now time to actually choose a parakeet
with whom to share your life! Let us continue with:
Parakeets/budgies/keets/etc. are NOT disposable birds! Please do your research before choosing to share your life with one of these wonderful birdies..
The Ultimate Internet Parakeet Toolkit
2007 Barbara Ling and Owlbert