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Old 02-06-2018, 09:26 AM
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Hello, so I am in grade 7 and I am doing this thing with my friends in a group called the "invention convention." We needed to come up with an invention that solves a problem, build it, test it and market it. We came up with the idea of a bottom of a bird cage that when the bird throws food or poos the bottom of the cage will dissolve it so you don't need to clean the cage as often. Since parrots usually live very long a lot of elderly people own them and we feel this product will solve a lot of parrot owner problems! But we need to know a couple things so I decided to come to the community of the parrot forums to ask some questions;

-What do you think of this product? (honest opinion please)

-What safety procedures do we need to take?

-What materials should we use?

-Will this affect the bird in any way?

-And if this product comes to the market, how much should we sell it for?

Thank you for your time to respond, we will make sure to take all opinions and information we can, if there is anything else we should know, please PM me! Thank you!
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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

Hi!

Good for you for looking to solve a problem!

However, Iím sorry to say that anything capable of doing what you suggest would be extremely dangerous to a bird what if the bird got ahold of it? It would start dissolving the bird!


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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

We're trying to find something that is safe for the bird, any safety things we should take into consideration would be nice. Thanks :3
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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

Thank you for the information! We will try to do our best to do something, we're doing lots and lots of research on this! If there is anything you can think of to help us (you already helped a ton) that would be awesome!
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:56 AM
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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

I have given this idea a bunch of thought.

I would try something like this;

Build the bottom of the cage in the shape of a round or square funnel. Whatever is dictated by the shape of the cage. Stainless steel would be a good material choice. At center of the funnel base is the drain. At the lip of the bottom have a water distribution system that keeps a sheet of water flowing over the entire surface of the funnel base. When debris hits the floor the water will sweep it away. Essentially making a continuous cleaning / rinsing system. Water flows from the drain into the pump to the filter then back to the base. Constant or intermittent circulation. Similar to the old time "spit" sinks on the dentists chair. They ran continuously.

Of course the system would need pump, reservoir, filter, drain, water supply, and some sort of control system to monitor the operation.

Will be safe for the bird.

Let me know how it goes and what you end up with.

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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

though I don't think it would destroy the bird it would at the least irritate the skin

Also what you are describing is essentially Acid, to which my biggest concerns would be fumes for both parrot and human and wearing down the structural integrity of the cage (especially if plastic bottomed) You would also need to make sure that the substance itself were non toxic as many parrots climb down to the floor and try eating the discarded seed.

A better idea may be something simple like automatic locks for bird cages, or perhaps you could design a new type of bird harness that's secure and doesn't require putting heads through loops or irritating/insecure buckles
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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

This is a great idea. I hope that you are able to come up with a marketable product.
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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

I like Trigg's thoughts!
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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

Birds get their beaks on EVERYTHING. Anything that dissolves poop and food is almost certainly going to contain harsh chemicals. Not only would that be toxic if the bird found a way to get to it (and they would) but the fumes would most likely be toxic as well. I think you need to look for a completely different product. Here are some things that I wish existed:

-a tool for easily cleaning all the nooks and crannies in a bird cage

-a thermometer that could take a birds temperature by touching their feet beak or be able to read through the feathers.

-a convenient, easy to attach wearable device to protect shoulders from bird poop.

-sound absorbing panels to hang in bird rooms

-pellets tailored to SPECIES specific needs, not just size

-a device that can detect common household toxins and set off an alarm




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Re: Invention For Conures (But Other Birds Too!)

I like Sage's ideas, too!
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