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Message #1191. This is a followup to #1190.

Name:levi
Date:Tuesday January 27, 2004 1:13:27 pm MST
Subject:Re: cage restoration question
Message:Thank you for confirming my questions, this helps alot.

Levi


(No name) wrote:
> I think the main danger is for birds that chew on the paint and wire.
> Finches don't do that as a rule, though if there are loose chips of
> paint or metal chips on the bottom they may eat them. Birds that eat
> grit (finches, pigeons, chickens, etc) are naturaly attracted to pick
> up and swallow small shiny objects. A good friend of mine lost a
> pigeon because the bird ate several brass tacks!
>
> However, back to your question - I've seen painted mesh used for
> finch aviaries with no problems. I don't think the type of paint is
> of any concern with finches, as long as the paint holds well to metal
> and does not get loose and flaking over time. If you are going to use
> the cage for parrots though, your best bet is to find a shop that
> will sandblast and powdercoat the cage. It's a bit more costly, but
> powdercoating holds up much better to small-medium parrots. For a
> really huge parrot, stainless steel is best.
>
> levi wrote:
> > understanding that spray paint is toxic to birds, how can you restore
> > a used bird cage? everyone knows that the cages tend to rust and show
> > wear over time which can really hide how beautiful the cage is. Is
> > there spray paint that is safe?
> > i have a larger cage that im wanting to fix up and use for finches,
> > is the danger with using spray paint that the fids will chew on the
> > metal and ingest paint chips? is that a real worry with finches?
> >
> > any suggestions appreciated!

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