There are a lot of bird safe products there to help you make your own.
If you're going to make your own play gym, my preference would be to use PVC pipe. There is a variety of sizes and different connectors. You can use vet wrap or something similar to make easy to clamber around on. I don't use any of the branches at our place because I don't know the history of pesticides that may have been used in the past. They can persist in wood for many years.
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
Post by msdani1981 on Aug 22, 2015 14:52:52 GMT -5
I use hemp. And I completely agree with using PVC pipe for building a playgym (post pics of your progress!).
Dani and Zach ---------- FIDS: Taz (Cockatiel), Chewy (Quaker) and Lily (Budgie); Bilbo (Dog); Diablo (Cat); Mr. Newt; Fish; Camelia aka Cami (Horse); Pork Chop (Guinea Pig) Rehomed: Mickey the pigeon, Gypsy the horse, and 4 of the Jackson 5 (Diamond Doves) RIP: Arnie, Conan, Sammy, Petey, Ms. Praying Mantis, Tito, Pico, Mantis Shrimp, Fuzzy Lionfish, and Phoenix
I was thinking of our woods because we've owned this plot of land for 60ish years, and we know the owner before us had it at least 50 years, and they used it the same as us, to raise a family. I'm saying this because there are trees on the property that we planted, and they grew(or died) the natural way.
The PVC pipe is a great idea!! And I have a ton of vet wrap on hand for patching up the animals. Bandit loves pine, so I was wondering if I could incorporate some limbs from the trees that I helped plant? If those truly aren't safe then they'll stay outside, but I'd at least like to ask because she REALLY likes anything made of pine I get her.
I'm at a loss where to begin with my play gym though, can anyone send in pictures of their play gyms? Are they best to be free standing, on a table, on the cage?
Do you make it one solid piece and connect everything, or do you make it easy to disassemble?
Is plumbers tape safe to be used on pieces that shouldn't come apart?
Also what happens if she falls off of it? I am worried about her harming herself, she is still building basic muscles most birds never lose.
And I've heard terrible things happen with some of the bedding used for a softer landing??
(Sorry I am still learning bird terms, I've had rodents, so I usually just call it what is reminds me of from the rodents)
Also about the rope, I meant what sizes also! Sorry just noticed I skipped over that detail.
I don't know what size rope is best for her to play and climb on, I'm used to working with wire for crafts- not rope.
Also two of the main ropes I've heard works good with birds are: Hemp, which seems to have smaller sizes & Sisal, which looks to come in larger sizes.
Sorry for the multitude of questions, my mind flies through a check list of what I need to cover.
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2015 2:53:11 GMT -5 by holly: My computer posted before i was done, again. :P
If you can try to give her branches from a fruit tree... I know my bird preferred this however, he did chew it a lot so make sure the pieces a thick. I would make the gym close to her cage and perhaps on a lower level. I know birds prefer to be up high but sometimes that gives them the feeling that they are the boss and although they are... lol... I have seen them on the ground which reach up to 4-5 feet tall and the bird loves it. Also there was a built in eating station for them with food and water.
Always remember... the more toys, cages etc that they have the more mess for you too.
I tried giving mine branches from our trees (which have never been sprayed -- we live on the home place that my family has owned since 1970) and they were not impressed. Wouldn't go near the stuff. For rope, you can use cotton clothesline but sisal seems to provide a better grip. I give Jade clothesline and shoelaces just to play with and she ties all her toys and swings together. Leave stuff lying around where they can see it before you put it where they have no choice but to encounter it. They like to look things over and make sure new things are not parrot eating monsters for a few days first.
Quaker Clyde; tiel Freddie; Rocky 'Too; dog, Jack; too many fish to list.
Ralph's playstand is made from a magnolia branch that broke off a tree at the apartment complex during an ice storm. None of the trees here have ever been sprayed, so I know that it was free of pesticides. It's secured in an old Christmas tree stand. Ralph likes it, but has other places he'd rather play (the towel bars in the bathroom, the silverware drawer in the kitchen, etc. ). Ralph likes to untie knots in strings (unlike clever Jade, he hasn't mastered the art of tying them), and I use shoelaces and vegetable-tanned rawhide laces for that purpose.