A week doesn’t go by that we get one or two requests for bird cage parts. The most often requested is the bird cage slide out tray or pan. This is where all the bird’s refuse is collected. Uneaten bird food, poop, seed hulls & so forth.
The pan is usually the first part to fail because it gets washed more than any part of the bird cage. Many peopl will drop it in the bath tub or utility sink and scrub away until it’s clean. We recommend bird cage cleaners like Poop Off. Unfortunately in a down economy dish soap is used more.
Once the powder coating is breached, a small rust spot will continue to grow until the rusted metal makes the bird cage part no longer safe for your bird.
We only deal with the major manufacturers of bird cages, Prevue Pet, HQ Bird Cages, AE Cage Company and others for a number of reasons. One of them is, most of the time we can get replacement parts. Trays, locks, feeder doors and so forth.
Your bird can live 20 – 50 years or more. The bird’s cage may be replaced only once or twice in it’s lifetime. That’s asking a lot from a piece of equipment whose main role is to house a flying-bolt-cutter-poop-machine.
We turn away almost 80% of bird cage part requests because we can’t identify the manufacturer. We’ve been doing this for almost 20 years so we know most of the sublties each cage maker employs to make their cage design unique. If we can identify the bird cage we’ll refer the bird owner to the correct manufacturer and 90% of the time, a part can be supplied.
If a bird cage part can’t be found and the cage becomes un-usable, you’re in the market for a replacement cage which will cost considerbly more than a replacement bird cage part.
So the next time you’re in the market for a bird cage, it’s important to ask yourself how much is this “cheaper” bird cage going to cost me during the life of my pet bird?