Hi There. I'm very new to this message board type thing, and my name is Lin. Emotion: smile Nice to meet you all. Ironically I don't own a bird. I would love to buy some finches, but they are too small for the cage I already have. Eventually, my boyfriend and I would like to buy some parakeets instead. My family has had parakeets before and they were wonderful pets. However we aren't able to buy the birds yet (some family complications) but I would like to start buying the items.

As I said, I've already got the cage.. but I've noticed that bird accessories are not cheap at all. I was wondering if anyone knew of any good stores that sell their supplies at a cheap price (but aren't cheap materials) or how not to spend a million dollars on bird toys Emotion: smile

The cage I have is about 3 1/2 foot long, 2 feet wide and about 3 feet high (almost triple what I see the parakeets in when they are in the pet stores)
One friend of mine suggested Wal-mart, but I figured it would be smart to ask the owner's themselves. Emotion: smile
Thanks so much!!!
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The cage I have is about 3 1/2 foot long, 2 feet wide and about 3 feet high (almost triple what I see the parakeets in when they are in the pet stores)

What is the spacing between the bars in that large cage?
Hi There. I'm very new to this message board type thing, and my name is Lin. Emotion: smile Nice to meet ... price (but aren't cheap materials) or how not to spend a million dollars on bird toys Emotion: smile Thanks so much!!!

Try craft stores. You can buy wooden beads (be sure they are dyed with a non-toxic vegetable dye) and string some of your own toys; for those look for long leather strips or even leather 'boot laces' that will fit through the holes of the beads. Even thin shoe laces will work. You can find bells in the craft store or sewing departments of said stores, too. Parakeets love bells! (so does my lovebird)
I recently purchased a kid's jewelry-making bead set for a couple of bucks at the drug store and was on a quest for some very thin material to string the small (not so small they could be swallowed) plastic beads. I settled on a strong but thin poly fishing cord. My lovebird (and parakeets) chews through cotton threading entirely too fast.
Jill
The cage I have is about 3 1/2 foot long, 2 feet wide and about 3 feet high (almost triple what I see the parakeets in when they are in the pet stores)

That cage is certainly big enough for a couple of lovebirds, budgies or a few finches. Because the cage is long, it would especially be good for finches. But it's big enough for even a couple of cockatiels. If you're interested in getting some of these smaller parrots, I think the cage you have is quite sufficient.
One friend of mine suggested Wal-mart, but I figured it would be smart to ask the owner's themselves. Emotion: smile
I have never purchased any bird stuff at Wal-Mart, although I do buy some dog treats (dingo bones) there because I can't find them cheaper anyplace else. I find most of my "cheap" bird supplies on line. I've found the cheapest avicakes anywhere on line (they don't even sell those at Wal-Mart I checked!). You really should figure out what you what to get and then using Google search for stores at sell those things and compare prices. If you're lucky, you don't get charged sales tax on most out-of-state sales, although you will get hit with shipping charges which are usually higher than sales tax.

So you have to take that into consideration. I found that the way to make it truly cost-effective is to buy large quantities of stuff in quantities I would never be able to afford to buy at PetSmart. For example, I can get avicakes at under $3 per package so I buy 12 or more at a time. That would cost me $36 plus shipping. But avicakes are $4.99 at Petsmart, so it would be well in excess of $60.00 including tax if I bought that quantity from them.

Even with shipping, the $36 avicakes are a huge deal.
Good luck, and don't listen to anyone who tells you you have to have lots of cash to keep birds. It's just not true.
Best,
Lesley
The cage I have is about 3 1/2 foot long, ... the parakeets in when they are in the pet stores)

That cage is certainly big enough for a couple of lovebirds, budgies or a few finches. Because the cage is ... cockatiels. If you're interested in getting some of these smaller parrots, I think the cage you have is quite sufficient.

Not sure how you can say this cage is sufficient for finches when we don't know the bar spacing. Perhaps I missed the post with that measurement?
That cage is certainly big enough for a couple of ... parrots, I think the cage you have is quite sufficient.

Not sure how you can say this cage is sufficient for finches when we don't know the bar spacing. Perhaps I missed the post with that measurement?

I haven't seen any bar measurements posted. They have to be very small spaced bars for finches, definitely. Pretty small for parakeets, too, unless the OP wants his/her curious little 'keets to stick their heads through the bars and perhaps get stuck and/or strangle.

Jill
Not sure how you can say this cage is sufficient ... bar spacing. Perhaps I missed the post with that measurement?

I haven't seen any bar measurements posted. They have to be very small spaced bars for finches, definitely. Pretty small for parakeets, too, unless the OP wants his/her curious little 'keets to stick their heads through the bars and perhaps get stuck and/or strangle. Jill

I'm sorry I took so long to reply. I know the cage isn't sufficient for finches. The bars are far too large and they could pop through them easily. What I did actually is I own two ferrets and I'm splitting the cage in half. Ferrets on bottom (so they can still crawl out) and birds on top. They won't be able to get to each other, so it will be fine. But the space between the bars is approx. 1 inch apart. Possibly a little bit smaller.
Thanks to everyone who gave me the awesome toy ideas. Emotion: smile

Does anyone else have any advice for me just from one bird owner to another? I'd appriciate it!
Also to clear up any confusion about the cage:
The cage itself is actually about 5 1/2 feet high, 3 1/2 foot long, and
2 feet wide with the space between the bars being approx 1 inch apart.

As I said in the last post.. I'm splitting the cage between the birds and my ferrets. There are two doors: one at the very bottom and one in the middle. The cage has platforms you can snap in and out to create a leveling effect for ferrets.
I, however, usually just let my ferrets run free and they only need their bed to sleep in and their bedding for their "business." So I will put 3 of the platforms just below the middle door, making the top and bottom completely separate.
It's almost like I'm just taking two cages and stacking one on the other. Emotion: smile It gives the ferrets room to do their thing and also triples what the cage sizes are in pet stores for parakeets.

I just thought I would clarify that, because I re-read my other post and it seemed a bit confusing.
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