My wife and I just bought a Quaker (Noki-noki, named by our 2 year old:-) and are excited to get him his new home (we're currently using a loaner cage from the breeder). We've pretty much settled on a King Cage, 26x20, but haven't decided on the color. My wife likes white because it blends in with our home better, but we've heard white is a bear to keep clean. I like the black w/silver, but worry that it will stick out against our off-white walls. We've also heard that certain colors (e.g. white?) may make it harder to see our bird when he's in the cage.
Does anyone have any advice or a strong opinion about optimal cage color? Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated, including if you think the King Cage also isn't the best choice for a cage.
Thanks!
Mark
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Mark,
I don't know anything about the King Cage. I have often heard that birds don't like black cages (also round cages).
I have to agree with you wife on a white cage (especially if it blends in with your home). White, black or any other color, bird poop is bird "poop". Cleaning the cage will be the same job no matter what color it is. There is a product called "Poop Off" made especially for bird "poop". They have a web site www.lifesgreatproducts.com. You might want to contact them. The product is not that expensive and works great. I get mine from the dealer where I get my parrot food and supplies..it's around 9-20$ for about a 32oz spray bottle (I think).

I have a B/G macaw in a very large white cage and a grey-cheek parakeet (not a parakeet a little similar to a quaker) in a smaller (18X24) white cage. The grey-cheek's cage is not a problem. They usually "poop" where they sit or hang on the side of the cage. So watch where you put the perches...not above the water or feed dishes!

Definitely white would be more attractive, look cleaner (even when a little dirty) and your bird would probably like it better and look better in it.
Hope I've helped..Good luck and keep posted as to the outcome of your "crisis".
BLL bird lover lady
My wife and I just bought a Quaker (Noki-noki, named by our 2 year old:-) and are excited to get ... experiences would be greatly appreciated, including if you think the King Cage also isn't the best choice for a cage.

I find it harder to "see" the bird in white cages. I have my eclectus in the black and silver Kings cage and am very happy with its appearance. I have light colored wall paper and don't notice a problem.
Janet Levy
Mark, I don't know anything about the King Cage. I have often heard that birds don't like black cages (also round cages).

Yet another pathetic " I heard" post. There is nothing wrong with black, it is much easier to see your birds through black wire. That's why exhibition cages are painted black on the outside.
OK OK Maybe I am incorrect. I have no problem seeing my "kids" in their white cages, and I have one of the largest birds and one of the smallest birds. Even when I had nanday conures and a sun conure in a white cage there was no problem seeing them..ofcourse you would hear them first too!
All I know is white looks cleaner and I find my birds seem happier in white and they have be subjected to both colors black and white.

Mark, have you thought of a silver or gold tone cage? They are extremely attractive and the paint won't "wear" off. Believe me even the powdered baked on paint will "wear" off thanks to beaks.

Try looking in some parrot books and see what color cages the birds are in. BirdTalk magazine would be an excellent source.

All the bird shows I have gone to have some black cages but most of them are not black. These bird shows are in Atlanta (4-6 a year). BirdTalk has a schedule of bird shows throughout the US. Bird shows are an excellent source of information, discounted cages, toys and food from many many breeders and suppliers. I recommend going to one if you live in an area where there is going to be one.
BLL
We've also heard that certaincolors (e.g. white?) may make it harder to see our bird when he's in the cage.

Speaking for myself, I find white bars to be distracting and annoying. I'm more "aware" of the bars.
Does anyone have any advice or a strong opinion about optimal cage color? Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated, including if you think the King Cage also isn't the best choice for a cage.

With the exception of a couple of brass cages (which can tarnish over time), all my cages have dark bars ... ranging from medium to dark blue. I find the dark bars don't "hit me in the eyes" like the white bars. Having said this, colour is a personal matter, of course. I've seen cages with coloured bars, some of which are very attractive ... like light and dark green, dark red, dark blue, brown flecked with gold. I think whatever colour cage you and your wife choose will be fine with your new Quaker. Buy the largest cage you can afford. Make sure it's well built, sturdy, easy to clean, with cups strategically placed.

Although I don't own any King cages, I've heard people sing their praises. I have Hagen, Ferplast, and Gold Nest cages and have been very pleased with these.
Thanks!

Hope this helps. I've had my Quaker, Kato, close to eleven years now and he's a real character. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine. Good luck!

Linda
My wife and I just bought a Quaker (Noki-noki, named by our 2 year old:-) and are excited to get ... be greatly appreciated, including if you think the King Cage also isn't the best choice for a cage. Thanks! Mark

My U2 is in a white cage and my CAG is in a dark green cage. I would not own another dark color cage. The birds both produce dander which shows up extremely well on a dark green cage. My walls are white so the white cage sort of blends. I think that the white cage shows dirt less over all. The dark cage needs dusting daily or it looks dirty. JMO Debbie, Dusty(CAG) and Casperella(U2)
OK OK Maybe I am incorrect. I have no problem seeing my "kids" in their white cages, and I have ... suppliers. I recommend going to one if you live in an area where there is going to be one. BLL

Bird Exhibition cages are not pet bird cages, they are mainly a box with a wire front. The inside is painted white, green, blue (depending on species) and the outside including the bars black. Some canary show cages are all wire but still painted black, it makes it easier for judges to see the birds.
You are probably correct...I don't know about exhibitions. The bird shows I go to are not judging the birds they are merely breeders and vendors there to display and market their "goodies". The cutest display I ever saw was where someone had their babies in a cage(whte) with bumper pads and toys just like you would expect any "baby" to be in.
BLL
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