Discussion in 'Parrot Entertainment' started by Kendra, Feb 12, 2018.
Hope they are okay Kendra, it was no problem, let me know if you need anymore done
That is nice and spacious with things to keep that beak busy
I thought you had 2 african greys in there Kendra but when I looked more closely it was a stuffed toy lol.
Wow that is superb, what a lucky birdie. Maybe try hanging the cardboard squares from higher so that he can sit on the tree and reach it? Otherwise just teach him to say "I'm a lucky boy!" LOL
Reggie can go months of being great and not destructive then all of a sudden he makes up for the times he has been good, in one day he had chewed the corners off three beams on the ceiling and one post ripped the lining of paper on two boards on the ceiling and that was after he broke his cage lock and a bar from his cage. I have now taken his cage apart and will hopefully house him with Molly over the week end. He has been reasonably good since that night but its only a matter of time before he has another episode, I call him the destroyer but I still love him so much and just know the stress you are going through.
It's an amazing cage, I'd love something like that one day
Phoebe has that wooden block toy thing (at the left) in her cage, she is demolishing it even though it's quite large for her size.
I don't know what to suggest though, cereal boxes tied to the cage?
I'd be tempted to hang more stuff in there though and shut him in for a bit and see if he finds things to occupy him, I find in cage time just as important as out of cage time and mine enjoy both, when they've been out for hours they look forward to going back in
What about a plant pot with wood chips in if he likes plant pots? Could put nuts in for foraging and digging
Phoebe has a clothes peg basket in her cage with balls in and wooden blocks
Sorry I have no idea, I know he's a difficult bird and I wouldn't be happy about mine destroying the house, nor would my mam, although Archie has taken some chunks out of the door frame and dado rail
Have you thought about a planter in the aviary with some herbs/flowers (eg nasturtiums, pansies) in? @Kendra - natural foraging!
Great aviary there, lucky birds.
I can't see in the photo, but I personally would provide some activities and perches outside the cages too.
The foraging plant pot idea sounds great too.
Thank you @Heather2131 for doing these for me.
The blurred first one, well the camera said it was auto focus, but it didn't.
@Michael Reynolds Thank you
The aviary is just for Dusky and his stuffed girlfriends, he often sleeps next to her. To go in I have to wait till he is busy doing something else, tonight he was having loads of fun in the dogs water bowl so I could give it a good clean and sort out. His food bowls swing out so easy to change from outside. Never seen him so happy having a bath, he must have been celebrating his dog attack.
He has another cardboard string thing in there which he is using and probably needs swapping, that is easier for him to reach. Until recently he had one of those spheres made small hoola hoops covered in vet rap hanging from the aviary roof, he never went near it so now Oscar has it and I tie his daily toys to it. There is the little green basket with foot toys in, he has not looked yet but it has only been in a week.
He has loads of things outside his cage, his drawers and cupboards, the book shelf, which he has never chewed has books on for him and a big package for him to open as he loves opening the post. Also on there is the wood counter thingy specially made for him which he never touches, I often put boxes outside for him to chew, he also has the floor vinyl but that is shrinking rapidly. There are a couple of chairs, one he chews and the other he poo's, the freezer which he would love to get into, he does not like me going in there.
I will try more hanging things
I love the idea of a hanging basket for him, should be able to order than online and the plants, if he does not use it, it will still look nice.
I looked at hanging baskets last night on the internet, not as simple as I thought. Baskets fine but plants, not ready till April, seed will take weeks to grow, so looks like something I will have to put on hold, but annoyed about that.
@RoyJess, I like the playstand link you gave, looks to have some good ideas that can be made at home, will have to see if anything will suit Dusky, have only got to no.12, think there are over 80?.
How about a few packets of seed and some individual seed growing containers and a window sill? You can replace whatever you need to through out the year? If not have you any green fingered family/friends?
Would the carrots tops and mustard & cress seeds grow? spinach too.
It's a great site, there is about 82 pic in total, with instructions on how to make shower stands too. If you see something you like, I would screen shot the photo and save to paint and then to your laptop, other wise you will have to troll through up to 82 pics to find it again
They are good stands and idea, the only thing that I don't like is using the plastic for the perch, vet wrap can be used, but I personal would like to attach a natural branch to the plastic frame for the birds to perch on. A natural branch could be quiet easily attached using chains or cable ties.
There is one on there where they have build a whole frame that fills the whole room with loads of hanging toys hanging from it. You probably could design a plastic pipe arch way for your door ways, which could stand in front of the door to protect the door frame wood. I would probably go for the thicker tubing and quadrupedal it up, so that you have four pipes on each side of the door way in a box type configuration (if you get my drift, see image below) to prevent your bird from reaching around the pipe to get to the frame. Make something like this on for the sides and top out of plastic?
Imagine this will be very light if made out of plastic and easily moved about, but will need a way to secure it in the door way so that your parrot don't move it.
@RoyJess I agree over the plastic perches, we have taken the supplied ones off our 2 metal bird stands and replaced with natural wood. Did not realise but as I have been tightening Tommy's ropes I have made so she can not reach her 'zimmer frame', which she loves, will have to sort something out for her, she is disabled. Build a frame for the whole room? I saw some on the perch site and they are marvellous but can you imagine cleaning that every day??????
Right, today due to common opinion which I think is sensible, I have included inside Dusky's cage a coloured rope boing, moved the cardboard hanger to an easier spot for him and put his clown toy inside , it was outside for him to get used to and remembered to put his natural perches in. I know he could do with more but due to his past dislike and fear of new items I will leave it at that for now
The hanging baskets, I checked with a few plant/garden suppliers and found 2 of the easy plant plastic hanging baskets cost £14.50, Wilko's sell the same thing at £4 each, in case someone else may be interested.
I never asked, dose your parrot fly? If not, maybe it's only the bottom half of the door frame that you need to protect? You could take some large packing boxes, cut a large slot in the side so that these will fit around the bottom of the door frame?
@RoyJess Yes, he is able to fly although being a grey it is not his chosen way to move around and marches around the floor most of the time, sneaking up on poor little Spanish doggies and pinching there bums, suppose he must have missed Ruby dog who was his target before she passed.
He will chew any door frame, door, anything high or low, but very little wood or chews that I give him.
Of course @Kendra, your parrot only wants to chew what he isn't allowed to. All ours are no different and if given half the chance, they will destroy our home, all of ours are prolific chewers. We just simply make it impossible (or as difficult as possible) for them to get to the things that they like to chew.
Yes parrots do like to chew 'forbidden fruit' so to speak. I feel it is unfair to make everything off limits and deny what comes naturally, so I have a wicker basket that sits up high in the Kitchen. Plum will fly, I said fly up to it, to chew bits off it. He relishes the attention it gets from 'being naughty', he shouts at me to 'come on then'. Maybe an easy target that will not cost the earth to replace is the answer to your woes? Still forbidden fruit as far as Dusky is concerned though but no biggie in the scheme of things to be sacrificed.
No we never make everything off limits, we have to provide them with an alternative. Take my Black Pearl Ship display case, our birds love to play on top of it, so I found some boxes that fitted nicely on top of my display case. I fixed them together using sisal rope and then I made a hole in the front of two and adjoining holes inside, the birds love to go in one end and come out the other end,
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