I just seem to be going round in circles trying to find a cage for my soon-to-be quaker! I live in an apartment, but I have managed to free up a large corner for the cage so that I can go for something on the bigger side.
One I've been considering is the Liberta Discovery Corner Parrot Cage
If it were me I'd go for the Medium Drake. Our quaker is in one of a similar size to the photo in this link and it has a perch area on the top. You also need to be aware that quakers are escape artists, so look at the mechanisms on the cage for the main door(s) and where the dish openings are. Good luck!
I agree with Biteybird. I really like the idea of corner cages, but I haven't seen one that optimizes the space for actual bird use. Bigger is better in a bird cage, but vertical space is mostly wasted on a parrot. Pay attention to the bar spacing and the cage material, and buy the best one you can reasonably afford. Good luck!
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
I've been reading (a lot haha) and understand now that a tall cage can prompt aggression, as can one that is too large. I went to a local store today and looked at a few they sell, and think I may have settled on the Rainforest Amazona:
Great, it sounds like you've narrowed the choices down a bit. Ours doesn't have an open top either, it has a fixed 'play-gym' on top of the cage with two ladders, two dish holders and a long perch, but it works fine (originally I ordered one with a convertible top, but there was a supply problem & I chose another type rather than having to wait). I hung a flexible coil and made some rope toys (lengths of rope with knots tied in them and a simple stainless steel washer sitting on top of each knot) to hang & drape from the top hook on the perch.
Easttex is right, vertical space is not as important as having the right cage material and bar spacing and openings. I assume your QP will get some outside cage time anyway? As long as the cage has room for some toys, room to move, perches and a small sleeping hut that's all that is needed.
Let us know what you decide upon!
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It's good to hear that you have a similar setup to what I'm planning - once you get down to it there just seems to be so much to consider! So glad I sought advice from this forum, just want my new little one to be happy.
I'm really hoping to harness train so that will increase my bird's freedom, and there will definitely be lots of out of the cage time . It will have portions of time in the cage though while I'm at work - I allow my budgies free flight during this time, but due to not knowing this bird and safety etc I have decided in-cage will be best when I'm not there. Plus I read you should start as you mean to go on with these guys lol.
I keep reading about sleeping huts - do quakers particularly like them?
Some people love giving sleepy huts to their Quakers and have birds that they work with, I've never done it as my friend runs a rescue and has seen too many parrots given up on that became mean and defensive guarding their sleepy tents. They can start to like them too much and not want to leave their cage as it is their nest. Casey is fine without one, she sleeps on a high perch at night and I cover her cage. She has never been cage protective and lets me reach in at any time of day for her to step up.
I don't provide anything too nest-like, primarily because I have an African grey who is very prone to hormonal behavior. I do have a sleep buddy for my Quaker, and he seems to like it a lot. It's not enclosed like a hut, but he cuddles up to it and has made a game out of hiding his face in it when I talk to him in a certain way. It's very cute.
Bonnie has a 'happy hut' which is a thick fabric triangle, open at each end, hanging from the top corner of the cage. She sleeps in it and she absolutely loves it. When her cage gets closed up for the night she does loops through it (it's like a triangular tunnel) and does chicken clucking noises. Recently she has started doing loops through it when I say good morning to her, also when I open the door to let her out.