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Last Post 25-10-2013 7:00 AM by  Victoria Whitfield
Travel Cage
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15-10-2013 5:33 AM

    I have my first SH parrot coming Saturday

    I would like advice on a travel cage please. I would like to get a large one but the one on Scarlett's website is out of stock and new stock not due in until the new year. So, I found one on Ebay (new) that I like the look of but would like someone with more experience to take a look. Can I put a link please? I'm not the seller/know the seller etc etc  just need to know if this one is fit for purpose

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    15-10-2013 6:44 AM
    Can't see any reason not to put the link up, go ahead
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    15-10-2013 6:57 AM
    Size of a travel cage depends on size of the bird... a carrier suitable for an African Grey isn't right for a Senegal Parrot, for example. If you get one that's too big, the bars will be too far apart, a bird's head shouldn't be able to be stuck through. If the carrier is too small, bars will be closer together, and may damage feet. Good luck with it all, and have fun Safehousing.
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    15-10-2013 8:29 AM
    I have a CAG coming to stay but can see me maybe ending up with a macaw or two! This is the cage and I was looking to buy the largest of them which is bigger than the 'large' one on the Scarletts website.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280821501709&var=580070592651&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:en
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    15-10-2013 8:56 AM

    I have mainly macaws and have dog crates for them, and a small one of the Scarletts ones for other visitors.

    I don't know what others think, but the bar spacing on some parts of that one looks large for a CAG. Most of the sides look fine but I'd be concerned about the door panel.

     

    This looks more like what most people use for small to medium sized birds.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-Par...1e814470c2

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    15-10-2013 10:14 AM
    Now you have pointed it out I see what you mean about the door, but cannot see the door on the smaller sizes? Plus it doesn't have a grill at the bottom, but it does have a metal pull out tray whereas the other is plastic. Maybe I will just get the small one from Scarletts.
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    15-10-2013 12:05 PM
    A note of caution - the bigger the carrier, the further the bird will travel in a crash. If the car behind hits your car, the longer the bird travels before hitting the side of the carrier, the greater the injury. If you're not getting a macaw just yet, do you really need a macaw-sized carrier? I have a macaw carrier, and it's 94x60x64cms. A Grey would walk straight out of the holes... I chose that one because it's hopefully big enough to take a macaw's tail without damaging it. Even if you end up with macaws, you'll get more Greys, Amazons, Cockatoos, etc. which are not suited to the very large carriers.
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    15-10-2013 12:22 PM
    I agree with Sharon H's suggestion for what it's worth. When you move on to Macaws a suitably sized Dog Crate would be what I would (and do!) use.
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    15-10-2013 12:39 PM
    Thanks everyone
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    25-10-2013 7:00 AM
    Take care with dog crates with smaller birds as I saw a too nearly strangled when his head got wedged in a L shaped space which is not a problem for dogs but would be for anything smaller than a macaw!

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