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Expandable Habitats 48245 Cage - Product Review

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Remember that EH is just an older couple and a few employees and cages can take up to three months to get!:). We got really lucky with our last order as they had a cancellation and we only had to wait eight weeks. When you place the order, they will ask for 20% down and you pay the rest when the cage is ready for delivery. Also, don’t pass up at least one SS shelf, the birds love them!:). Seriously, I can’t say enough wonderful things about these cages!
 

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Thanks @rockybird I definitely appreciate the photos. Those are "flat-top" ones, as opposed to the beveled ones, yes? I'm curious about what drove your choice there, if you'd care to share.

@jmfleish That you've pursued them so avidly says a lot about your confidence in them.

Has anyone ordered a "custom" where the latch pins are shielded from skilled manipulation from inside?

We're settling down towards a 48"x30"x5' on the storage base for ~36-38" inside height -- any suggestions for feeder-door locations and numbers from those with more experience than my current, "none-as-owner" status?
 

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Thanks @rockybird I definitely appreciate the photos. Those are "flat-top" ones, as opposed to the beveled ones, yes? I'm curious about what drove your choice there, if you'd care to share.

@jmfleish That you've pursued them so avidly says a lot about your confidence in them.

Has anyone ordered a "custom" where the latch pins are shielded from skilled manipulation from inside?

We're settling down towards a 48"x30"x5' on the storage base for ~36-38" inside height -- any suggestions for feeder-door locations and numbers from those with more experience than my current, "none-as-owner" status?
We specifically bought this last one because our male SB2 can literally get out of any cage we put him in. The EH cages come with padlocks!:) I use quick links on all of my current ones and don’t even have to tighten them on the two my greys are in but I do have to tighten them on my female SB2’s cage because she will remove them otherwise and play with them and then drop them when she tires of them. All of the padlocks for all the cages use the same key which is nice. Houdini SB2 has been living cage free above Abby SB2 and for a while, I had the padlocks on them but they weren’t locked and Houdini would take them. He’s really mechanical and can be a bit of a menace sometimes.

As for customizations, the only thing I asked for was two feeder doors on each side of the cage so I could put food and water on either side. The standard is one feeder door on each side. I also really like having lots of extra bowls and so many of my other cages fit the King’s 20 ounce bowls that we already had a bunch of them and I just ordered new ones for the EH cages. The bowls that come with them are incredibly nice but why break a good thing!;)
 

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I wanted flat tops because they look more modern and I have a very modern house. I think I also got plexi glass that goes on top of the cage for them to play on the top, but I have never used it.

@jeffsf What kind of bird are you putting in the cage?

I think I put a larger door on the back of the last two I ordered so it’s easier to reach in.

The paper system works great. Sometimes I put news paper on top of it, since my birds tend to go potty in certain places. Then it’s quick and easy to pull the paper out and replace it, or leave the exposed clean craft paper under it. I dont remove the grates as much as I thought I would for cleaning. I used lysol wipes and a plastic knife and once a week scrub the grate clean. It doesnt take long.

I took out the side panels on the short ends of the cage bottom also. It means more food falls out, but it makes the cages a little airier and it makes cleaning the cages quicker.
 

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Thanks, appreciate the insight. African Grey, "Congo" (forgive me as I don't know all the acronyms)
 

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Thanks, appreciate the insight. African Grey, "Congo" (forgive me as I don't know all the acronyms)
They are good cages for greys. The two I have in them right now are in them because they will scrape the powder coating off a regular cage in short order!:) Destructive little buggers they can be!
 
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