Some solutions I have seen are padlocks that fit around the doorframe and I’ve experimented with heavy-duty magnets placed at the bottom of the door opening.
You situation begs the question as to why the birds are taking the door handles off? Are you offering enough enrichment alternatives to take their minds off their enclosure?
We feel a bird cage should have so many toys that you can see the birds which provides both enrichment and privacy. Feel free to send a picture of you cage set up to We_Speak_Bird@WindyCityParrot.com for more specific recommendations.
Regarding the play stand here’s a link with some recommended stands suitable for large parrots. They may really enjoy these Java wood trees which are very soft and the feet and quite durable http://www.windycityparrot.com/Wood_c_717.html
This stand http://goo.gl/X0UvUs is ideally suited for longtailed parrots and has plenty of room for two birds
The experts have all sorts of rules on proper cage sizing.
“It needs to be this size and shape in height”.
“In needs to have levels on this and that”.
“The bar spacing MUST be…….”
So here’s my deal with the experts
When you can tell me how to
- Stop parrot screaming
- Stop parrot plucking
- Stop prolific egg laying
- Stop filling up bird rescues
You can tell me how big my cage needs to be.
Until then my 15 years of selling, assembling and placing birds in bird cages has lead me to believe that there ain’t no right size birdcage.
There are certain rules that we follow like our 26 inch wide small flight aviary is too small to house two additional budgies bringing the census up to six.
It’s a no-brainer “they” need a bigger cage. Doone and done.
Beyond that there are birds that I know that have nothing but a sleeping cage they enter nightly.
They go to sleep at birdie bedtime and cage doors are opened by the humans in the household at a precise hour every early morning.
The birds are out of the cage all day until birdie bedtime, free to roam around and test their boundaries daily.
Conversely common sense would dictate that you if you have a larger parrot like an African grey that you acquired even though you knew that you were gone 8 to 10 hours a day, a large of cage would be more appropriate, offering the the bird more choices to eat, play and learn.
Lovebirds can do well in smaller cages 18 x 18 – 20 x 20 IF they live in the cage all day.
Parrotlets, similar size to a lovebird but requires a cage more suited for an African grey.
We know this having assited in the housing of quite a number of parrotlets over the years – I call it our unGoogle-able organic knowledge base.
By the way we detest grillesas the bird cage floor.
We remove them or cover them with newspaper that is replaced once or twice daily depending upon the bird(s).
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