I would like all my cages to be stainless steel and custom designed. I would also like to inherit a bazillion dollars from a distant relative, whom I have never met. To find me, I hope my anonymous but exceedingly wealthy relative will hire a detective like my Uncle Ken. (Uncle Ken was an F.B.I. Agent. He once found a criminal from the "ten most wanted list" by looking him up in the phone book.) I'm quite certain my unknown benefactor is out there but I decided to research less expensive cage alternatives, just in case his detective isn't as clever as Uncle Ken. :-)
I found dozens of cages, most of which had shortcomings that were likely to make me crazy (crazier) over time. Either the cages were too light and flimsy, or they weighed a ton (roughly), or the dishes were hard to reach, or the powder coating was poorly done, or the parts were put together with "bad metal" nuts and bolts, or they were, in a word, "ugly".
Of the many wrought iron powder coated cages we have owned, Island Cages have become our favorites. Unlike many, these cages were obviously designed by parrot owners. They are sturdy and easy to clean. The food and water dishes are located on the outside of the cages. Tweety can't poop in them, no matter how hard he tries, and they don't take up his living space. I am sensitive to color. The Island Cage colors are attractive and the colors are muted. They blend in with a room's décor, rather than dominating it.
None of the stores in our community sell Island Cages. I had to go to a trade show to see the cages "in person". Weeks before the show, I spoke to one of the co-owners of the Island Cage Company. She told me that "Jungle Mist Grey" was a very popular color. I looked at the gray color chip in my hand. Using my usual tact and eloquence, I said, "Oh, Yuck!"
Long story short - she was right and I was wrong. It is a great color. The blue cage looks good in my blue dining room. The green cage looks good in my green living room. The gray cage looks nice in every room of the house. Don't you just hate it when all the good arguments are on the other side?
Notice the "play" top. Toys are hanging on hooks, suspended above the perches. This is the only kind of play top which allows a bird to….well....play! Island Cages also have wider seed skirts than many brands. Unless you are a vacuum-cleaning-aficionado, you'll appreciate that feature.
Our parrots also enjoy their Island Lanai Play stand. Ours is the blue one pictured below. We appreciate the fact that it is easy to move about the house and easy to clean. One or the other of our birds can often be found, playing contentedly on the Lanai, while I sit at the computer. It enables them to be close -- to enjoy ambient attention -- yet it prevents them from jumping off a table perch, onto my keyboard.
How often have you been working at your computer, when your parrot suddenly decided to "type" @jioa[uib urjowl/4ekopb espa't irope[' rawje90[ab in the middle of your paragraph? Yeah…me too. The Lanai will keep your parrot close enough to feel a part of your activity. It will also keep him busy and less inclined to "help" with your correspondence.
We don't ship cages. However, we are able to offer the full line of Island cages to people within driving distance of our aviary, in Lansing, Michigan. Although it sometimes takes longer than ordering online, picking the cages up here enables our clients to avoid shipping and handling charges. If you'd like a copy of our price list, or have other questions, send us an e-mail.