For budgies, safe secure housing demands a good size cage with the correct space between the bars that they cannot slip through or get stuck between. A standard budgie cage. This is what my birds have and live in. A regular, approved budgie cage.
Tonight, watching TV, my boyfriend heard the birds shrieking up a panic in my room. I didn't hear them myself. We muted the TV, then I tore off, two stairs at a time, to rescue the distressed bird. Marky had got his whole wing stuck out between the bars of the cage, and couldn't twist his body correctly to get it back in. I manouvered him till he was free. He wasn't hurt, just a few bent feathers.
What if I had been out during the day and this had occured? More than likely he would have freed himself, but possibly he could have broken his wing, or driven himself into a panic and died from a heart attack, or simply by exhaustion from hanging by his wing from the bars. I got lucky this time.
This is the type of accident that there really is no solution to - a freak accident that I was lucky to observe. I hate to think of the feedback and snark that could (and more likely would) stem from this incident had I not been there to rescue him - never mind the horror of my poor bird suffering this way!!
Honestly I'm still in a bit of shock! I guess pet ownership is never risk-free, like all of life.