Buying extra stainless steel food/water bowls

Buying extra stainless steel food/water bowls

If you’re like me, you may have a lot of:

  • Birds
  • Bird cages
  • Stainless steel food/water bowls

So many bowls

Since I have so many bowls, I don’t hand wash them, I run a dedicated dishwasher load every morning. But then I need two of every kind of bowl I use every day.

So many manufacturers

You’d think this would be simple. There are typically 3 different bowl sizes: 4 inch, 5 inch, and 6 inch. But there are some complications. There are a lot of brands of bird cages. I have four:

  • A&E
  • HQ
  • Avian Adventures
  • One without any indication what brand it is

Luckily A&E and HQ are interchangeable, but Avian Adventures are frustratingly a tiny bit smaller. If you use an Avian Adventures cup in the cage of another brand, it can fall right through the middle of the cup holder. Frustrating!

Shopping

Then comes the frustrating part. Shopping for additional cups. Here are some things you’ll find.

  • Sometimes bowls are specified in width
  • Sometimes bowls are specified in how much liquid they contain
  • Often it’s not mentioned what types of cages they work with
  • Some sites have astronomically high costs and shipping costs because they drop ship rather than stock the items

Extra frustrating is even the websites for the manufacturers themselves don’t list seed cups or they list a subset of them. A&E requires you set up an account to find out information about pretty much anything on their site.

Recommendation

Before I recommend this site, I’ll mention that I’m not being paid by them and they don’t even know who I am except I buy from them. The site is called bird-cage.com and has a pretty comprehensive collection of food/water dishes.

The ones marked A&E also work with HQ. And they have Avian Adventures, which almost no one has.

Second place

I’ll award second place to Bastrop Cages. Their website is not great, but if you call, the owner is knowlegable about replacement parts for cages. He will talk your ear off though!