Doing DIY Projects

Dominique

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I think DIY projects are great! They are fun, save money and our birds seem to love them. DIY's save you money and are a great way to get your creativity into gear, LOL! However, I should make a few warnings about these projects.

As with any toy, they will need regular checks to make sure they are still safe for your bird. If they are made of rope, it will need regular trimmings, and wood may need ot be replaced over time. Once a toy becomes too worn and is a safety hazard to your bird, take it down and throw it away. With some toys, you cna salvage the peices, but with most, they will need to tossed. For certain toys, like those made of PVC with a rope or vet-wrap covering, simply remove the vet-wrap or rope and replace.

Please note: you know your bird best! You will know which toys will be appropriate or not. Please keep this in mind before making a DIY project. This is for your own bird's safety and you need to be aware of the fact that not all toys will be safe for your bird. Aslo note that some birds may not be comfortable on some toys. That is ok; most birds will not play on a toy they have never seen. Take it slow as to not stress your bird. Also know that some toys your bird may never play with. That is ok, although a disapointment to us! Instead of just letting it sit or tossing it, you can donate it to your local animal shelter for them to use with their birds. Not only does this help the shelter, but also gives a lonely, bored bird something to enjoy!

Remeber to always get Stainless steel! I cannot stress this enough! SS is the safest thing you can get for your bird. Although it is a bit more expensive, other metals can be dangerous to your bird's life and SS is the safest. Also be sure that you have ALL the materials you need before attempting. Our goal with DIY is to save you money, but you cannot really do that unless you have all of your materials. Some materials, though they may seem needless, are manditory to having the right outcome to your toy. Also remember that you should wash materials like PVC before using them. Also wash any materials you think could have chemicals on them.

Just a friendly warning before beginning your DIY's!
 
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Meant to say that there were a lot of great points here so made it sticky so that it will be easy for all concerned to find it. :D
 
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Thanks! I was kinda hoping you would make it a sticky. All too many times people make bird toys and don't think about the safety of it first. I alwaysmake a big point about this :)
 
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Re: Jute

Is jute an appropriate material to use? I'd braid it into a thick rope & add wood toys as I go along...

Hmmm...I have never heard of it. Do you have a picture?
 

TexDot33

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Well, I am not sure about Jute ... I know that it's a natural fiber (one of my buddies made a suit out of it ... ) might want to do some more research on this topic ...
 

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a JUTE SUIT? Jute is burlap, that can't be comfy.

I don't think there's anything chemically about jute that would make it unsafe. It's used in toys for other pets. The only POTENTIAL concern is that I think the fibers are generally very long... choking hazard if/when it frayed?
 

LSMITTZ

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hey guys, what's a safe glue I can use to make a toy?
 

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Hi.. I made a DIY toy with no effort at all and my bird LOVED it. All I used was a string, and attached it to a toothpaste box by making tiny holes opposite of each other then sticking the string through and tied it in my CAG's cage. He loved it and destroyed it in a day.. Cheap, no effort and birds love it =P
 

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I haven't tried it, but theoretically cornflour glue would be bird safe. I don't know how well it holds together though.

To make it take 1 part corn flour (1/3 cup) + 3 parts water (1 cup). In a saucepan mix the cornflour with a little cold water to form a paste. Then add the hot water a little at a time, stirring vigorously to get rid of any lumps. Once all the water is added cook the paste, stirring continuously over medium heat until it thickens and becomes opaque.

As I said, I don't know how well this sticks together, so if anyone tries it let me know!

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Is the waxy stuff on paper cups bird safe?
 
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weco

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Thanks for the formula Momma, but you could save yourself a bit of work by just using Elmer's white glue or their carpenter's glue.....both OK around your flock.....
 

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I believe Drs. Foster and smith could answer about the jute. They have a free website.I believe it's all natural. My husband has a shirt made of it other countries use it for clothing. Bonita
 

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This is such a useful post. Thanks. I'm always making stuff for my CAG. I built him a playgym out of old IKEA shoeracks. He's busy destroying it bit by bit every day and soon we'll need another one.
 
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