The Budgies’ New Setup, Too
July 17, 2012 § 3 Comments
Well, I was really hoping to get better photos of the budgies’ setup before posting, but I seem to be having very bad luck with my digital camera as of late and cannot find it anywhere, so I guess that’s not happening. Again, the lighting is very funky in these photos and they are just generally unflattering, but they will simply have to do for now.
Like Lola, the budgies got a brand new cage setup recently but the biggest news is that they have graduated from the solid acrylic divider in between them to stainless steel bars!! This was a huge and exciting step for them and for me. I noticed that they’d both seemed much more chilled out and calm recently (perhaps diffusing the essential oils has been helping? Nothing else has changed!) and decided to pilot the barred divider for a few hours in the afternoon while I was home. Well, they’ve been doing so great with it that I no longer switch it out when I leave. They have access to each other through the bars at all times now and I’ve yet to witness a single spat between them. I’m so happy with them!! Hopefully in a few weeks or months, we can eliminate the divider all together– that’s the dream, at least.
Until then, however, we’re making do with the bars and with two of everything. Usually I tend not to do such similar setups for both of them, but everything kind of fell into place this way while I was arranging their cages, so I went with it. They seem pretty happy so far.
Here it is with the door open. On the door, as you can see, they each have their own adorable skywalk platform perch from Oliver’s Garden. I just love these perches and can’t say enough good things about them for birds of all sizes. Lola has a beautiful one with beads in it, and the littles just love perching up front on their skywalks and crawling between the center cut holes!
We’ll take a look at Sabrina’s side first. She has her lovely welded sleepy swing (a custom item from Grey Feather Toys) up on top, which both she and Charles would be completely lost with that. You can barely see it but in the back there is a cute little fleece covered platform perch. Towards the left is a boing, also from GFT, and another snuggly type of swing from Big Beaks Bird Toys. Perches include a nicely branched sandblasted manzanita one in the back and a cageput one towards the front, and plenty of toys including Kris Porter’s fantastic foraging block, lots of custom toys from Things for Wings, and some great jingly stainless steel ones from GFT too.
Down below, she has a tiny safety pumice perch in purple in the back, two more natural wood perches, both of grapevine wood, some more toys, and some more food bowls. I’ve since added one more perch towards the back there, pretty low to the ground as well. So far, her favorite spots are on her platform perch on the door, the cageput perch up top (where she and Charles sit across from each other and chit chat), and the sandblasted manzanita perch towards the back, where she can chew up and destroy a lovely seagrass toy.
On to Charles’s side… he looks quite tubby in the photo! Up top he has a very similar arrangement. His custom sleepy swing, a fleece-covered platform perch in the back (this time in blue), a lovely boing with a foraging block, and some great toys. In the back there is a sandblasted manzanita perch and a manu mineral perch on the right in front of a food bowl. It’s out of focus, but way in front on the right side there’s also a fluffy swing for him with a natural perch.
And zooming out, there are two great grapevine wood perches in the front on both the left and right sides, and a branchy dragonwood perch towards the bottom. Like Sabrina, I’ve also added one more perch in the back for him towards the bottom. He has some great toys– one of his favorite toys of all time is the little leather horse with seagrass legs from Grey Feather Toys, and he also loves his custom toys from Things for Wings.
So far the setup has been working out really well for them– they’re using all of the different levels of their cage and they have a nice variety of surfaces on which to perch. I’ve also attempted to arrange everything such that no perch or toy is getting soiled regularly, and so far, so good! It’s always tricky with a more vertical space like theirs is. Hopefully, one day, they won’t need the divider at all, and I can get a lot more creative with their cage arrangements with the more open space. Until then, this setup will do!