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Note: Be sure to cut off pieces of yarn that become loose as your bird uses the swing. You don't want their toes or feet to get caught and hurt.
First take the dowel rod and cut three pieces for the size of your bird.
Second hot glue two of the rods on either end of the third stick.
Third drill a hole through the first and second rod near the top.
Fourth take the leather and thread it through the holes.
Fifth tie the leather to the hook.
Sixth take swing and hang on third (bottom) perch.
Seventh attach toys to sides of the first and second rod.
Eighth hang perch on ceiling
Now your bird can sit on the perch, play with his toys, or sit on the swing!
1) Two shoelaces the same length, short (8-12 inches) for swings, longer for ladders (18 inches plus).
2) Dog rawhide sticks (1 for swings, 2+ for ladders) Use small dog (Terrier) size for budgies and lovebirds, and a larger size for cockatiels, conures and senegals.
3) Dried "Penne" pasta..this is the cylindrical type of pasta that looks like small tubes.
Tie the two shoelaces firmly to the rawhide chewstick at the end, leaving the most of the laces hanging free. String Penne pasta on these longer lengths, securing with knots at the end. Make sure you leave enough lace at the end to tie the swing to a perch, playgym, or cage with a secure knot! Cut off any trailing ends, and there is your swing!
To make a ladder - follow instructions as for above, but tie more chewsticks in between the Penne pasta "beads" using secure knots. Secure at the top as for the swing, and tie between perches for a "ropebridge" or to a playgym that lets the ladder hang to the floor, etc.
NOTE: As these toys are more flimsy than storebought swings or ladders, please supervise your bird when he is playing with them.
Tie string around each end of the pencil. Tie a knot near the bottem of both strings. Loop beads on one string. Now cut shapes out of the cardboard, cut a hole in the middle and loop those on the other string. Hang it on the top of your birds cage. Presto! Now your bird can perch on the pencil, play with the beads, and chew on the cardboard!
I haven't given this to my lovebirds yet to try it but I am giving it to them on easter. My birds only like the toys I make them. I gave them a store bought toy and they're scared of it!
Twist the branches to form a wreath,then tie or clip to the cage. Easy huh?
1.A margarine container-about a 2lb tub for a budgie or tiel Anything larger should be suitable for a larger bird.
2.A ball of thick hemp, jute or twine
First, take the margarine container's lid and cut the thicker outer part off, so it's about half an inch thick. This will be the base. Next, tie some of the string you've chosen onto the circle you just cut, and wrap around it. Work your way around the entire circle, so no plastic is showing. Add beads throughout as desired. Tie in or attach with a link to your bird's cage and let them enjoy.
Take tire and tie hemp (very tightly) around the top of the tire.(belive me it is safe). If you want a decorative touch, do square knots to take up slack or for a festive touch. My green cheek conure Izzy loves it. For instructions to make a square knot...Email me at above.
This is a very simple toy and it doesnt take much time to do either.
All you need is:
three bird safe popsicle stix
wooden or plastic beads
hemp or any other bird safe string
hot glue gun
and a small clip
All you do is hot glue the popsicle stix in a triangle. Then drill holes in the middle of the stix. Cut 3 strings depending on the bird for the length of the string. Tie a large bead onto the end of the string. Then put one string through each hole on the popsical stick, tie a knot at the end and ENJOY
What you need:
As many sticks as you want
A string that the bird can't eat and choke on
What you have to do is get a few sticks (anysize depending on your bird) and clean them. Make sure they are NOT POSIONOUS for the bird. You can boil them but the best thing to do is to clean them with detol which is not posionous to birds. Get the sticks that you collected and tie one of the sticks. Tie it in the middle of the string and then tie another one a little way down again ect. and do as many as you want. Tie the other end to your birds cage or on a stand and the bird should enjoy walking up and down. It is difficult because it wobbles like a tree would in the wilds and your bird should love it but don't worry if it dosen't.
you will need
1. a buttertub lid or ring toss ring, depending on the size of your bird
2. twine or jute
If you use a butter tub lid, cut the middle out of it. Wrap yarn around hollow circle so that no plastic is showing. Tie jute/twine at 3-4 different places aruond circle.
Add beads to string and tie together at top of string. Leave enough room to tie at top of cage. Hang horizontaly. Your bird will love trying to ballance on it and play with the beads.
You will need a long piece of yarn (depending on your birds size) and beads (any beads that you can put a piece of yarn or string through). First make a u out of the yarn, then put the beads on the yarn. Then tie both ends of the swing to the top of your cage so that it is in the shape of a u. This is for small birds only because bigger birds may swallow the beads. My birds Cloud and Sky love their swing.
My quaker, Baby, loves his 2 embroidery hoops. The kind purchased at any WalMart or Hancock Fabric store. They come in the natural wood and acrylic in small, medium and large sizes. You get the added bonus of having 2 rings when taken apart. The one with the opening, I put washers, non-zinc metal rings on or even a roll of adding machine paper on it and hang it from Baby's cage. I switch out his toys every 1-2 weeks, and he spends hours moving the washers or rings around, or tearing off the paper. The extra hoop, which is solid, I wrapped with jute & natural rafia paper, and presto an extra swing that keeps Baby busy for hours.
To the bottom of a garden hanging basket secure a piece of plastic chain about a metre long. This chain is available from large hardware stores. Secure a bell to the end of the chain. Then hang the basket from the roof of your birds cage. The larger bird will have hours of fun swinging and hanging from the basket.
This doesn't cost anything (kinda)just pick up 6 or 8 sticks (or twigs)and get a long piece of yarn or string. Now, get the sticks and put them together like an asterick or star like this*. at the point where they all of the sticks meet, weave the string in and out again and again. Now hang it up and you'll have a swing in no time!
I purchased ten feet of thick jute rope from my local hardware as well as a 1'' dowel.
I formed the rope int a circle using about 1/2 the length, secured using rope cinches (the stainless steel type you hammer shut) I then scored ridges on the ends of the dowel and fixed it with wrapping cotton twine to the middle of the circle as a perch. Then i wrapped the remaining rope around itself up around the top half and accross the perch. Using a quick closure that always comes on store bought toys a afixed the circle to a dog leash closure and in turn to a plastic chain suspended from the ceiling. you can then attach any toys you like as the jute is easy to separate. Total cost about $20. Its my first homemade toy and both me and Venger my African Grey are pretty psyched.
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