When choosing who you are going to purchase your enclosure from, please remember that not all enclosures are made equally. In some instances ours might be slightly more expensive, sometimes slightly less. But make no mistake; there is no comparison when you factor in the quality of the design and craftsmanship.
To demonstrate this, we purchased one of our competitor’s cages. This is EXACTLY how it arrived. There are no Photoshop tricks going on here. This is the really how they are built. It is easy for them to make enclosures look good for their pictures, but what about the enclosures they make for their customers? Do they put the same time and commitment into quality? Please, read the below comparison carefully and judge for yourself!
Please note that the below comparison is comparing one of our Majestic bird cages to a competitors bird cage, but many of the same principals between bird and reptile cages apply as the Majestic reptile enclosures have very similar construction. The point we want to illustrate is the quality of our design, materials, and craftsmanship.
- Superior attention to detail: our bird cages are completely built by hand, one at a time in the USA.
- We have a professional spray booth and meticulously inspect each and every cage before it is shipped.
- Each bird cage is professionally hand sanded then stained with two layers of water based, pet-safe clear coat.
- We ordered one of “the competition’s” cages to inspect them and their wood work was riddled with burn marks from their router that they didn’t sand out (see pictures above).
- Their cages had gaps in corners, between connecting panels, between the divider, and HUGE gaps between the cage floor and the cage itself – on one side almost 2 inches!
- Our fit and finish is far superior to theirs – we have a top of the line fit and finish that is second to none. If you look at our aviary web site www.aviaryservices.com you can see our enclosures being used in many high end applications.
- Each bird cage we make is also professionally hand sanded then stained with two layers of water based, pet-safe clear coat.
- Ours has a clean, professional fit and feel.
- You can use any material you want whether it be acrylic, 304 grade stainless steel wire, or laminate.
- Ours have three locks per door, making them tamper and escape proof.
Theirs: Inferior, Poor Quality Finish & Materials
- Theirs are inferior, poor quality materials.
- Their top is a plywood lid that doesn’t even fasten to the cage, leaving gaps, and which looks very unprofessional.
- You can barely tell there is a finish, if there even is one, on many parts of their cages! The exposed plywood top and bottom look unprofessional, to say the least.
- There are plenty of parts that do not line up, are uneven, or gapping in some way.
- We have anodized aluminum interiors which can never rust, chip, or corrode and are accurate to within .010″.
- The bird can not access ANY of the components of our bird cages to chew on or manipulate.
- They have bent, powder coated steel which can, and does, rust, chip and corrode.
- Their cages the birds can chew the internal workings of the lock from the inside of the cage. Not good.
Bent, Powder Coated Steel vs Extruded Aluminum:
Bent steel is generally bent out of flat sheets with a machine called a “break”. This process is inherently inaccurate, creating a poor fit and finish. Depending on the person bending it, it could be off up to ¼” or more from piece to piece because it heavily depends on the skill of the operator. Aluminum profiles, such as the ones used on our enclosures, are extruded with a multi-million dollar extruder under tight quality control that melts the aluminum down and pushes it through a die for which the final parts are accurate up to 0.010”. This is the same process that makes window frames for skyscrapers, frames for airplanes, etc. etc. Steel, being susceptible to rust, then must be powder coated. Powder coating inevitably chips which allows for the steel underneath to rust and corrode. Aluminum is sent through a process called anodizing. Anodizing removes the impurities from the aluminum and changes the chemistry of the surface itself to give it it’s color. It doesn’t simply cover it with a coating. It is then sent through a heat treating process which hardens the material making it rigid and scratch resistant. Even if it were to scratch, the underlying aluminum material does not rust. Not only the aluminum material itself, but the process of extruding is more expensive than using bent steel. But as you can see, it is worth it, because the final product is far superior.
- Our cages come standard with 304 stainless steel made in the US.
- You can also easily interchange panels at any time with any other material if your needs change.
- Ours is crimped, not welded. Welds leave burn marks and weak spots that can break.
- Their wire is a flimsy, not powder coated steel which can rust, chip, corrode.
- Pictured above is rust on the welds that was there immediately when we bought the cage!
- Our removable floor and trays can be pulled out without opening the door of the cage, allowing the birds to escape. They are removed easily on trackwork when you open the door on the stand, or if you have feet or legs, they simply slide out.
- Ours is a computer engineered, professionally molded, easy to clean aluminum tray.
- Light weight, extremely durable.
- Ours you have the option to put on the trackwork, or on the floor if you want more space between the floor and the tray.
Theirs: Plastic Pull Out Trays
- Theirs is a home-made looking glued together plastic tray which allows for lots of areas for bacteria to fester and makes them hard to clean.
- The ones we ordered didn’t even fit in the cage!
- Their trays are very difficult to remove from the cage making them vulnerable for spilling waste every time you clean the trays.
- You have to open the cage door to remove the grate.
- With theirs you sacrafice all your storage space because you have to have the tray on the ground / floor of your cage.
- Ours is professionally engineered aluminum track work where you can remove the floor OR tray without opening the cage.
- Tracks allow you to get the tray off the ground for storage, or you can set tray on the ground to allow more room between the floor and tray.
- Our trackwork feeds directly into the tray.
- They advertise more space between the floor and the tray, but you can have more space with ours if you set the tray on the ground like they do! We have a track that keeps the tray OFF the ground and gives you storage space!
Theirs: Powder Coated Wire Floors & Steel Trackwork
- Their trackwork is a bent powder coated steel “metal lip” that the floor just sits on!
- Their floors simply sit on the ground on the inside of the cage, and their trays are very difficult to remove from the cage making them vulnerable for spilling waste every time you clean the trays.
- Their trackwork “funnels” into the tray but does not meet up with the tray leaving a lot of potential to spill waste all over the place.
- You HAVE to open the cage door to remove the floor.
- Our removable divider is an aluminum framed system that slides in and out on a track, and can be put anywhere in the cage and removed from the front of the cage.
- You can use any material you want whether it be acrylic, stainless steel wire, or laminate. You can also change this material out with a different material at a later date if you choose.
- Our divider needs no support and you can put perches wherever you want.
- Ours can go anywhere in the cage.
Theirs: Flimsy, Acrylic Hard to Remove Dividers
- Theirs is a flimsy, loose piece of acrylic with no frame, that slides in from the TOP and fastens using perches mounted to holes drilled in the middle of the acrylic. These holes create weak spots that can break!
- Theirs you HAVE to remove from the top which is very difficult without a tall ceiling. It is impractical, if not impossible, to remove their divider.
- You HAVE to remove the perches to remove the divider.
- Theirs can cut your hands, birds can get to the edges, and it may crack easily.
- There is absolutely NO support along the edges of their divider, it is just free floating leaving vulnerable to birds chewing.
- The perches have to go exactly where they drill the holes for them and basically support the divider.
- Their divider has to go exactly where they place it because it fits in a groove pre-milled into the plywood tops of their cage.
- Our Majestic bird cages are bolted together with threaded inserts to keep corners tight, and are impossible for your birds to get to.
- It may take two more minutes to tighten our screws, but it will make your bird cage 10 TIMES stronger than theirs. Plus, it’s a lot safer for your birds! There are no connectors in the cage to potentially get their beaks and toenails caught on!
Theirs: Flimsy Push Connectors
- Their “no screws” push connector is a flimsy brass strip system that birds can get to from the inside of the cage, potentially getting beaks and/or toes caught in them!
- Look at the gap in the corners above and how they don’t fit together, no matter what you do during assembly.
- We have built and sold more build to order high quality bird, reptile and small animal enclosures than anyone in the country, and BUILT them in the USA. We are the best at it, no question.
- We take pride in our quality and innovation, just ask Jack Hanna, from the Columbus Zoo. He was so impressed with our enclosures he lets us use his full endorsement UNPAID! We have sold to every major zoo in the country, including the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Busch Gardens, etc. etc.
- We have also been featured on Extreme Makeover, Home Edition TWICE, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, MTV and Animal Planet, just to name a few.
- We also own U.S. (and a U.K.) patent(s) including one for the Friendly Feeder, and have several patents pending for our cage systems.
Theirs: Experience doesn’t show in their quality
- Don’t let anyone tell you they have more experience.
- Does this look like an experienced bird cage manufacturer to you?
- Poorly fitting parts (or not fitting at all!) Burn marks, defects in their inconsistent quality of wood, as well as wild variations of wood grain and color.
- Our enclosures come 90%, if not completely assembled and are much easier to put together than theirs.
- Ours use threaded insert bolts that are completely out of view and impossible for the bird to get to.
- Ours are fully assembled before each units gets shipped, ensuring a perfect fit of all components.
Theirs: Difficult, Non-Fitting Assembly
- Does this look like an easy assembly to you?
- Theirs snap together using a flimsy push connector that the birds can get to and chew, if you can even get all the parts to connect (or fit!)