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    Smile DIY Ideas

    Please use this link for hundreds of ideas on DIY projects.

    ALWAYS remember to use Bird safe materials. Check toys daily. What may have been safe yesterday, may not be safe today due to wear and tear.


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    Parrots

    1 blue peach-face lovebird named Rio 2 black masked yellow-green lovebirds named Gracie and Mango 1 Budgie blue with white clouds on breast named Cotton and 2 lovebirds named Boo and Pumpkin 1 new budgie female named Lemon
    [SIZE="3"]Lists of woods that are bad and good to use when making homemade perches for your birds to enjoy . always pre drill the bolt hole in each end as to not cause splitting of the wood the bolt has self tapping threads for wood side the other side is for wingnut use nickle washers one on inside one on outside of cage wingnut on outside of cage here is the lists of woods not to use and safe to use Bad wood - left column

    ALDER - red alder -see Alder Buckthorn paragraph
    ANDROMEDA -Pieris, Lily of the Valley shrub
    APRICOT
    ARROWHEAD VINE
    AUSTRALIAN FLAME TREE
    AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE
    AVACADO
    AZALEA - Related to Rhododendron
    BANEBERRY - Actaea
    BEANS -castor, horse, fava, broad, glory, scarlet runner
    BLACK LOCUST - Robinia
    BOX ELDER
    BOXWOOD - Buxus
    BUCKTHORN - Cascara / Alder Buckthorn - see chapter
    BRACKEN FERN
    BURDOCK
    CACAO
    CAMEL BUSH - Trichodesma
    CANARY BIRD BUSH - Crotalaria
    CANNABIS
    CASTOR BEAN
    CEDAR - Thuja, Chamaecyparis, Cupressus
    CHALICE - trumpet vine
    CHERRY see comments below
    CHINA BERRY TREE - Melia / Texas umbrella tree
    CHINESE MAGNOLIA - uncertain for safety
    CHINESE POPCORN / TALLOW
    CHINESE SNAKE TREE - Laquer plant
    COMMON SAGE
    CORIANDER - Cilantro
    DATURA
    DAPHNE - it's the berries
    DATURA STRAMONIUM - Brugmansia - angel's trumpet
    DIEFFENBACHIA
    ELDERBERRY
    EUONYMUS - Includes burning bush and more
    EUPHORBIA
    FELT PLANT - Kalancho baharensis
    FLAME TREE
    FIRETHORN - Pyracantha
    FLAME TREE - Brachychiton / Sterculia
    FOXGLOVE - Digitalis (pharmaceutical source)
    GOLDEN CHAIN TREE - Laburnum
    GROUND CHERRY
    CROWN OF THORNS
    HEATHS
    HEMLOCK - Tsuga
    HOLLY - Ilex
    HONEY LOCUST - Gleditsia
    HORSE CHESTNUT - Aesculus
    HUCKLEBERRY - leaves bad: evergreen & deciduous
    HYDRANGEA
    JASMINE
    JUNIPER - Juniperus
    KALMIA: also called Mountain Laurel
    KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE
    LANTANA - red sage
    LAUREL - Prunus
    LEUCOTHOE
    LUPINE
    MANGO - (fruit okay: not wood or leaves)
    MEXICAN BREADFRUIT
    MOCK ORANGE - Philadelphus
    MONSTERA - big hunker of a house plant
    MOUNTAIN LAUREL - Kalmia latifolia
    MYRTLE - broadleaf evergreen, not crape myrtle
    NECTARINE
    NUTMEG
    OAK - Quercus - all parts / tannins
    MISTLETOE
    OLEANDER
    PEACH
    PEAR - some sources lean toward safe
    PENCILTREE
    PITCH PINE
    PLUM
    PRARIE OAK - safety uncertain
    PRIVET
    RAIN TREE
    RED MAPLE - see Maple paragraph
    RED SAGE - Lantana
    REDWOOD - Sequiadendron, Metasequoia, Sequoia
    RHODODENDRON
    RHUBARB
    SAND BOX TREE - sap was used to poison fish
    SKIMMIA - entire plant: stem, berry, leaves
    SOLANUM - Jerusalem cherry or pepino
    SOPHORA - includes Japanese pagoda tree
    SUMAC - not all sumacs are bad: see paragraphs
    TOBACCO
    TANSY
    TOMATO
    UMBRELLA TREE
    WALNUT
    WEEPING FIG - Ficus benjamina > Ficus elastica safe
    WHITE CEDAR - China
    WITCH HAZEL - Hamamelis
    WISTERIA
    YEW - Taxus

    Safe wood - right column

    ACACIA - Silk Tree would be in this group
    APPLE -
    (Insecticide residue likely cause
    for periodic issues)
    AILANTHUS - Tree of Heaven
    ALDER - white alder -
    (See paragraph about
    Alder / Buckthorn)
    ALMOND
    ARALIA - Fatsia japonica
    ASH - Fraxinus
    ASPEN - Populus
    BAMBOO
    BARBERRY- Berberis
    BIRCH - see paragraph
    BEECH - Fagus
    BOIS D'ARC - horse apple tree
    BOTTLE BRUSH
    BUTTERFLY BUSH
    CAMELLIA
    CITRUS -
    (lime, kumquat, grapefruit, orange, lemon)
    CORK -
    (not wood from cork oak, but cork)
    CORN PLANTS
    COTTONWOOD - Populus
    CRABAPPLE - Malus
    CRAPE MYRTLE -
    (not the same as myrtle)
    DATE
    DOGWOOD - Cornus
    DOUGLAS FIR - Pseudotsuga
    DRACAENA
    ELM - Ulmus
    ESCALLONIA
    EUCALYPTUS
    FIG
    FIR - genus Abies
    GINKGO
    GRAPE VINES
    GRAPE PALM
    GUAVA
    HACKBERRY
    HAWTHORN - Crataegus
    HIBISCUS
    HICKORY
    IRONWOOD - apparently toxic leaves
    JADE PLANT
    KALANCHOE
    LARCH - Larix
    LILAC - Syringa
    MADRONA / MADRONE - Arbutus
    MAGNOLIA
    MAPLE - Acer - see Maple Paragraph
    MANZANITA - Arctostaphylos
    MESQUITE - remove sharp parts
    MIMOSA
    MOUNTAIN ASH - Sorbus
    MULBERRY - Morus - see Mulberry note
    NANDINA -common name is heavenly bamboo
    NORFOLK ISLAND PINE - Araucaria
    NUT TREES - exclude chestnut
    ORANGE - several sources lean toward safe
    OREGON GRAPE - Mahonia
    PALM
    PAPAYA
    PEAR
    PECAN
    PINE - Pinus: see Pine paragraph below
    PHOTINIA see Photinia paragraph below
    POPLAR - Populus
    PUSSY WILLOW - Salix
    RAPHIOLEPSIS - Indian Hawthorn
    RIBBONWOOD
    ROSE - Rosa
    RUBBER PLANT - Ficus elastica - Weeping Fig in bad column
    RUSSIAN OLIVE
    SASSAFRAS
    SILK TREE
    SPIRAEA
    SPRUCE - Picea
    STAGHORN SUMAC - see Sumac paragraph
    STRAWBERRY TREE - Arbutus like Madrone
    SWEET GUM
    SYCAMORE
    THURLOW
    TREE FERN
    VIBURNUM
    WEEPING WILLOW - Salix - see Willow paragraph
    WIEGELA
    YUCCA MAPLE - Acer

    Also use heat of oven [400 for 15-20min] for killing parasites that may be present then rise the branch in hot water dry then add the hardware!!!!

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    Last edited by wingman; 05-07-2016 at 03:12 AM.

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    Parrots

    Lineated Parakeet named Kobe (M) and (F) named Tango Maine Coon Kitty named Christine
    Love it! Thanks so much.

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    Parrots

    Casper, a blue fronted Amazon. Loves banana. Hates plastic bags and red coats.
    The other day Tony suggested that an empty plastic water bottle made a good toy in the bottom of the cage. Well Casper just sat on the bottom perch and eyed it suspiciously. So we took it out and put it on the floor and it has been a great success, he pushes it all around the room, chasing it and pouncing on it as it rolls away and pushing it along the wainscoting with his beak.
    "A busy beak is a happy beak" - David Strom

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    Parrots

    B&G (Jack), MM (Maynard), Hy (Zaf), GW (Salsa)
    Quote Originally Posted by Casper's 2nd best friend View Post
    The other day Tony suggested that an empty plastic water bottle made a good toy in the bottom of the cage. Well Casper just sat on the bottom perch and eyed it suspiciously. So we took it out and put it on the floor and it has been a great success, he pushes it all around the room, chasing it and pouncing on it as it rolls away and pushing it along the wainscoting with his beak.
    Glad to hear it
    "Please adopt older birds!"

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