Kamis, 24 Februari 2011

How to Maintain a Duck Pond

A small flock of ducks floating on a pond in your backyard can be an idyllic sight, whether they're your own domestic ducks or wild birds stopping by for a swim. Though ducks are easy to care for and easy to lure to your property with a good pond, you must maintain your pond for the best duck environment.

Instructions

    1

    Use a sturdy liner to keep your pond banks from eroding and to make cleaning it much easier. An overflow pipe allows excess water to be diverted away from the pond, and a drain of some sort allows you to flush the water out if necessary.

    2

    Keep your duck pond no more than 3 feet deep to make it easy to maintain. You can then use waders to move into the pond to clear out any visible debris.

    3

    Add a filtration system, or aerate the water through a small waterfall or another water feature. A small population of fish and certain plants, especially submerged plants, also helps keep the pond water fresh. However, ducks are likely to eat fish and plants.

    4

    Keep a water heater in your duck pond in the winter so the ducks have a place to swim all year round. Alternately, you can provide children's wading pools for the ducks in colder weather, which are easier to keep water heaters in.

    5

    Allow at least 10 square feet of water per duck. Less than this can make your pond become murky.

    6

    Flush the pond on a regular basis, replacing the old water with new, fresh water. You can do this with a garden hose. Or an inflow pipe, especially if diverted from a nearby stream, can also flush out the water.

Senin, 21 Februari 2011

Creative Ways to House Large Birds

Creative Ways to House Large Birds

To keep a large bird healthy, happy and handsome, a cage must be large enough for the bird to flap its wings, swing its tail feathers to preen and crawl around for exercise. Some breeds of large birds have 500 pounds of pressure in their bite and will destroy your home if they are not contained. Therefore, large birds need extra-strong housing. Also, when deciding on a location for housing large birds, consider your neighbors, because when a large bird screams, the whole neighborhood hears it.

Acrylic Birdcage

    Your bird will look beautiful in an acrylic cage.
    Your bird will look beautiful in an acrylic cage.

    Acrylic cages are a newer type of bird housing that give the illusion that your bird is free roaming. Although expensive, a big acrylic cage is ideal for a large bird. This type of housing will muffle your bird's squawks and your carpet will stay clean. An acrylic cage is virtually indestructible--and the solid acrylic walls make it impossible for your bird to bite holes in you or your clothing as you walk by.

Screened Porch

    Birds love to chew.
    Birds love to chew.

    Section off a portion of your screened-in porch and turn it into your bird's living quarters. Place a cage on the porch or build a cage out of wood and wire mesh. This option allows your bird to feel like it is living in the wild yet keeps the bird safe from predators. Keeping your large bird outside also helps reduce odors in your home.

Garden Aviary

    Consider outdoor housing for large birds.
    Consider outdoor housing for large birds.

    Build a freestanding aviary in your yard. An aviary should have a sheltered area to keep your bird out of wind and rain and a larger flight area for exercise. You can build a sturdy frame out of wood, but be sure to fully cover it with wire mesh--birds will shred any exposed lumber.

Gazebo

    A gazebo is plenty big enough to house big birds.
    A gazebo is plenty big enough to house big birds.

    To add a splash of color to your yard, and to make your large bird happy, house it outside in a gazebo. You can place a traditional cage inside the gazebo or use the actual gazebo for the housing frame: cover any openings with thick wire mesh, put in a door and top it off by placing a large freestanding perch inside.

Minggu, 20 Februari 2011

How to Make Wooden Toys for Lovebirds

How to Make Wooden Toys for Lovebirds

One of the easiest ways to keep lovebirds happy is to have a supply of toys readily available to them. Since the fun for your pet includes chewing, biting and tearing apart these toys, making them yourself is not only a fun craft project, it's more economical than purchasing ready-made toys from your local pet store.

Instructions

Hanging Block Ladder

    1

    Cut a length of cord approximately 16 inches long. Tie one end of the cord to a metal clip for hanging. This will be the top of the toy.

    2

    Break a piece of rawhide into four 1- to 2-inch sections. Drill holes through the center of each rawhide section.

    3
    Any unpainted blocks will work well for your bird toys.
    Any unpainted blocks will work well for your bird toys.

    Select wooden blocks and beads. Through the center of each, drill a hole large enough to fit the cord.

    4

    Thread the blocks, beads, and rawhide onto the cord, tying a knot in the cord after each addition. Alternate to make a pattern of your liking. Leave a 3-inch tail after the last knot.

Treat Block

    5
    One square block of wood can make a great toy for your lovebird.
    One square block of wood can make a great toy for your lovebird.

    Cut a block of pine, maple, or citrus wood into a square approximately 4 inches by 4 inches.

    6

    Drill 1-inch holes completely through the block from top to bottom, and side to side so there is an opening to the middle on each face.

    7

    Place small treats inside the block for your bird to discover and remove, such as nuts, fruit or paper shreds.

Lovebird Swing

    8
    Bird swings are a relaxing treat for your feathered friends.
    Bird swings are a relaxing treat for your feathered friends.

    Cut a piece of wood approximately 5 inches long for the perch of the swing. Drill vertical holes 1/2 inch from each end of the perch.

    9

    Cut a section of cord 16 inches long. Tie a knot in one end of the cord, leaving a 1-inch tail. Thread a wooden bead onto the cord. Tie a knot. Thread the cord through the left end of the perch and tie a knot. Add another bead.

    10

    Add a metal clip to the cord. Complete the right side of the swing by first threading a wooden bead to the cord. Lay the swing in front of you to choose where the knot under this bead will lay. Tie a knot in the cord. Thread the cord through the right side of the perch, and tie a knot. Add the final bead, and tie a knot.

    11

    Trim the remaining cord on the right to match the length of the cord on the left.

Jumat, 18 Februari 2011

How to Make Your Own Macaw Toys

How to Make Your Own Macaw Toys

Macaws are intelligent birds who like to play. Providing your parrot with toys that stimulate him is fun for him and you. However, store-bought toys can be expensive, costing as much as 50 dollars. Unfortunately, your macaw can destroy a new toy in an afternoon. If you prefer not to spend a lot of money on a toy that will quickly be destroyed, you can easily make your own at home for little money.

Instructions

Piata

    1

    Blow up a large latex party balloon and tie it off.

    2

    Tear several brown paper bags into one inch wide strips approximately six inches long. The number of bags you need depends on the size of the balloon you use.

    3

    Mix water and flour into a watery paste consistency in a shallow baking dish. Use two parts water to one part flour.

    4

    Dip the paper bag strips into the flour mixture and run the strips between your finger and thumb to squeeze away the excess liquid.

    5

    Use the dipped strips to wrap the balloon. Overlap the strips and place them in a random configuration for best strength. Thoroughly cover the balloon, leaving the knotted end exposed.

    6

    Tie a 12-inch piece of string around the knotted end of the balloon and hang it up to dry.

    7

    Use a pair of scissors to snip the knotted end of the balloon to deflate it and pull the remnants of the balloon out of the hole.

    8

    Cut non-toxic tissue paper, any color, into strips about a half-inch in size.

    9

    Separate an egg and discard the yolk. Dip the tissue paper strips into the egg white and attach them all over the paper bag form. The egg white will act as glue.

    10

    Use the hole in the balloon end to fill the piata with bird seed, trail mix, or small macaw-safe toys.

    11

    Thread a large needle with a 24-inch piece of sisal rope and pass it in to the piata and back out about an inch away. Remove the needle and tie the ends of the sisal into a knot. Make sure the hole from the balloon is on the top of the piata.

    12

    Hang your finished piata in the middle of the room and your macaw will to try to break it open to get the treats inside.

Cow Bells

    13

    Purchase a cow bell from your local hardware store or online. The bell should be larger than four inches and made from stainless steel. If you are unable to find stainless steel, you can use copper.

    14

    Tie a piece of sisal rope to the bell and hang the bell from the top of the cage. The length of the rope depends on the size of your macaw's cage. The bell should hang about at head height when the bird is standing on the bottom of the cage.

    15

    Your macaw will ring the bell and chew on the rope.

    16

    Replace the rope with a fresh piece as it becomes frayed or broken.

Activity Shirt

    17

    Use an old t-shirt or purchase a cheap undershirt from the store.

    18

    With needle and thread, securely sew buttons and zippers to the front of your shirt and the collar.

    19

    Allow your macaw to play with the buttons and zippers on your shirt while you wear it.

How to Build Budgie Breeding Cages

How to Build Budgie Breeding Cages

To breed a pair of budgies, also know as parakeets, both male and female must be at least one year old. Choosing birds that have already bonded with each other increase your odds they will mate and shorten the time before they lay eggs. Setting up a cage for breeding purposes is relatively simple, but you need to take certain steps to ensure the health of the parents and chicks.

Instructions

    1

    Set up a cage for each breeding pair. Each breeding budgie couple needs its own cage at least 24 inches long by 16 inches wide by 16 inches high. Budgie Place.com recommends removing the grate at the bottom. If the cage has an irremovable grate, cover it with black-and-white newspaper.

    2

    Attach a wooden nest box outside the cage. The best type opens on the side and is larger and longer than most lid-top models. Side-opening boxes reduce the chances of eggs being damaged and reduce the risk of splayed legs in chicks. They are also easier to clean and maintain.

    3

    Insert a wooden concave circle in the bottom of the box to prevent splayed legs, a deformity that occurs in chicks due to improper bedding. Cut a 2-inch thick piece of board to fit snugly inside bottom of breeding box. Hollow out a concave circle in the center of the board about an inch deep and 6 inches in diameter.

    4

    Layer unscented pine shavings in the bottom of the box and over the concave insert.

    5

    Place a cuttlebone, mineral block and iodine salt spool in the cage.

    6

    Equip the cage with at least two perches. Include a safe, natural-wood branch.

    7

    Attach two water tubes to the cage, as well as placing a large jar feeder on the cage floor. Parents will go through a lot of food and water while caring for their chicks.

    8

    Place pieces of soft wood on the cage bottom for the mother to chew on to help her get in the mood for breeding. Purchase the wood at a pet store to be sure it is safe for your bird.

How to Dye Bird Toys

Birds love brightly colored objects, so their toys are frequently colored to attract and hold their attention. However, if you make your own bird toys, you must be careful to only color them with dyes that are safe for your bird. Since birds chew on their toys, you need to make sure that any ingredients in the dye are going to be OK for the bird to ingest.

Instructions

    1

    Mix the Jello in the pot. Usually, this will involve adding somewhere between 1 and 3 cups of water to the mix, depending on the volume of jello that you are making. Stir the water and the Jello powder together in the pot.

    2

    Bring the Jello mixture to a boil. Do not heat the mixture on high, or you will scorch the sugar. Instead, heat it on medium, stirring slowly the entire time. When the mixture starts boiling, turn the temperature down to medium-low or low. The mix needs to continue to boil, but you do not need a rolling boil.

    3

    Place the wooden bird toys in the pot. Make sure that they are completely submersed. Leave them in the boiling mixture for five minutes. If they are not yet bright enough after five minutes, leave them in for another five minutes. Continue to check every five minutes for up to 20 minutes.

    4

    Remove the toys with your tongs after a maximum of 20 minutes. Be careful, because the wood is now saturated with scalding Jello mixture.

    5

    Wipe off the excess Jello mixture using the rags. This is optional. It will make the toys dry faster, but it may make the colors a little more dull.

    6

    Dry the bird toys in the dish drainer. It is best to wedge the drainer over the sink so that the jello mix dripping off does not stain your countertops. It may take as much as 72 hours for the saturated wood to dry completely.

Senin, 14 Februari 2011

How to Make Nutritional Bird Treats

Making nutritional bird treats for you pet bird is a fun way to show your bird how much you love him and reward your bird without harming his health. The key to making nutritional bird treats is to make sure they fit in with your bird's recommended diet. This recipe incorporates whole grains, nuts, seeds and fruit to make a yummy and healthy treat for your favorite bird.

Instructions

    1

    Cut a whole-wheat bagel, English muffin or piece of bread into small bite-size pieces that your bird will be able to eat easily.

    2

    Add a nutty taste to the bird treats by spreading natural peanut butter (no sugar added) onto the entire surface of the chunks.

    3

    Roll the peanut-butter-covered bread into the birdseed your bird usually eats. This adds some extra nutrients to the treat and makes it less sticky to handle.

    4

    Stick one or two raisins part way into the bread for an extra treat.

    5

    Serve the treats right away, or store in the refrigerator for later.

Rabu, 09 Februari 2011

Pigeon Loft Ideas

Pigeon Loft Ideas

Pigeon lofts are shed-like structures where you can comfortably house your pigeons and protect them from the elements. These lofts come in all different shapes and sizes. They should be custom-made to fit your needs. Make sure there is enough room for all your pigeons to live comfortably. If you do not have room to build a loft wide enough, then build it higher to accommodate all of your birds. Pigeon lofts need to let lots of air inside, so the pigeons will not feel restricted and have room to fly around.

Dryness

    Since the lofts will stay closed most of the time, make sure that the materials you use will ensure the lofts stay dry, because it will be hard to dry them out otherwise. It will not be good for the birds if they get wet during storms, as they could get sick.

Storms

    Your loft will have openings in it, so when planning where to put the openings, take into consideration the typical storm patterns in your area. For example, if storms tend to come from the north, then put the openings for landings on the south side. The main objective is to make sure as little rain and snow get into the loft as possible.

Storage

    Put storage somewhere in your pigeon loft. This is where you can put all of your supplies for maintaining the loft and caring for your birds. By having a storage unit in your loft, you will not have to haul supplies around because they will all be easily accessible for you.

Landings

    Build landings that are big enough for multiple birds to perch on. Cover these landings with screens, so sunlight and fresh air can get in. Consider making them large enough so that food and water can be put on the ledge. This will keep it off the ground so you and the pigeons will not walk on them and potentially knock them over.

Doors

    Use doors that will insulate, but also keep the loft dry, like sliding glass doors. This will let even more light in, so the pigeons are not living in a dark area. It will create a more natural feeling in the loft than using solid doors. The sliding doors will make sure no rain or snow gets in. If you install the sliding glass doors, you can also put screen doors behind it, so air can flow through on nice days.

Homemade Heating Elements for Incubators

Homemade Heating Elements for Incubators

Raising chickens for your own use or hatching eggs for your children's education is a fascinating endeavor, but it requires a steady heat source that is safe and reliable. If you are hatching eggs and find yourself without a heating element for your incubator, there are several ways you can make a quick homemade heating element or construct an entirely new incubator. For a few dollars and some household goods, you can continue hatching your chickens --- no need to wait on an entirely new heating element to arrive from the supplier.

Instructions

    1

    Replace the heating element in your incubator with a 25-watt bulb. Assemble the lamp kit and place the light bulb into the incubator about 6 to 8 inches away from the chicken eggs. Plug the light into a surge protector to make it easier to turn on and off and for safety.

    2

    Make a homemade warmer by heating a sock filled with rice in the microwave. Simply pour 2 cups of rice into a sock and tie a knot. Test the rice with a thermometer first, making sure the temperatures does not exceed 103 degrees. If it does, place a towel between the egg and the sock until it has cooled sufficiently.

    3

    Use a heating pad on the lowest setting. Place a towel over the heating pad and place the eggs on top. Use a thermometer to take with the temperature of the eggs and rotate 1/4 turn four times a day to keep the stress on the growing chickens even.

    4

    Use a disposable hand warmer if you are in a pinch to keep your eggs warm and find yourself without any other way. Simply wrap the hand warmer in a sock and place it underneath the egg. Carefully monitor the heat with a thermometer, making sure it does not exceed 103 degrees or drop below 97 degrees. Since hand warmers lose their heat over the course of a few hours, look for a more reliable source of heat.

Minggu, 06 Februari 2011

How to Make a Parrot Rope Perch

How to Make a Parrot Rope Perch

Rope perches provide parrots with a secure but flexible footing. Available for purchase through many pet retailers, rope perches are simple to make. Making your own rope perch allows you to select the rope best in diameter and length for your parrot.

Instructions

    1

    Select a rope which is the appropriate diameter for the size of your parrot's feet.

    2

    Cut the rope to the length that you want your perch to be. The size of the cage will partially determine this.

    3

    Tape 1-inch at both ends of the rope tightly with electrical tape to keep the ends from unraveling.

    4

    Cut a length of wire 6 inches longer than the length of the rope. The wire should be thick enough that it can support the weight of your bird, but it should still be somewhat flexible.

    5

    Push the wire through the center of the rope so that it goes in one of the cut ends and comes out the other. Leave 3 inches of wire poking out of each end of the rope.

    6

    Thread each end of the wire through one end of each double-ended snap.

    7

    Bend each end of the remaining wire back down the side of the rope and wrap it tightly around the electrical tape.

    8

    Attach the double-ended snaps to the sides of the parrot's cage to hang the perch.

Sabtu, 05 Februari 2011

How to Use Trash Cans for a Cockatoo Nest Box

How to Use Trash Cans for a Cockatoo Nest Box

There are 18 species of cockatoos, most of which breed well in captivity. They tend to like deep, narrow nests, making trash cans ideal for this purpose. The nest box should be placed in a breeding cage that allows limited flight between perches. PetPlace.com suggests a breeding cage that is 4 feet wide by 4 feet tall by 8 feet long. The cage is suspended 4 feet off the ground.

Instructions

    1

    Purchase a plastic trash can, tubular or rectangular, with a base length that is equal to the height of the bird minus the tail. The trash can should not have a lid or cover. The minimum height of the nest box should be at least twice the width of the base.

    Typically, for small cockatoos the nesting box should by 10 to 12 inches wide and 23 to 31 inches high. A medium-sized cockatoo should have a nesting box that is at least 12 to 14 inches wide and 31 to 39 inches high. Large cockatoos should have a nesting box that is 14 to 18 inches wide and 47 to 59 inches high.

    2

    Draw doors on two sides of the trash can, facing each other. For small cockatoos, the door should be 4 inches (high and wide); 4 to 5 inches for medium cockatoos; and 5 to 6 inches for large cockatoos.

    3

    Cut along the lines you drew to make two entrance holes. Cut the sides from the base up, leaving the base uncut. However, you should cut alongside the base to remove the plastic rectangle/door, leaving an open hole.

    A male cockatoo can become aggressive toward his mate, even with compatible pairs. Having two entrances reduces the chance of the male trapping the female in the nesting box and biting her to death. Make sure to place the nesting box in the breeding cage where both entrances are accessible.

    4

    Line the bottom of the nesting box with wood shavings. The shavings should be about 4 inches deep.

Kamis, 03 Februari 2011

What Kinds of Vegetables Do Canaries Eat?

The domestic canary is a small domesticated songbird from the Canary Islands. they were brought to Europe by Spanish sailors in the 17th century, and originally only the very rich could afford them. Today, canaries are popular for their voice and their simplicity to look after. A canary's diet is central to keeping it healthy, the inclusion of fresh vegetables being essential.

Fresh Vegetables

    Canaries eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, oranges, cantaloupes, grated carrots, broccoli, endives, dandelion greens, kale and cucumbers. Lettuce (excluding romaine) has hardly any nutritional value for birds, however darker leafed vegetables are beneficial. Owners should feed their canaries fresh vegetables in moderation, keeping these to about one-quarter of the canary's daily intake, as overfeeding can cause loose stools. It is important to clear the cage of leftover vegetables to avoid canaries consuming rotten food.

Preparing Vegetables

    Owners should wash all vegetables well, to avoid canaries consuming chemical residues, and cut them into small, manageable pieces. Canaries may refuse a vegetable for the first time but eat it another day. Providing canaries with a variety of foods will benefit their health, shown by brighter, tighter feathers. They will also sing more frequently, and produce more young if bred.

Seed

    Seed should make up the main part of the canary's diet, and should be present in the cage at all times. A good quality seed mix consists of about 80 percent canary seed and 20 percent rapeseed (canola seed). Seed designed for finches contains high levels of millet and fat, and so is not suitable for canaries. Owners can keep seed fresh by freezing it, bringing it back to room temperature before feeding to their birds.

Supplements

    Treat food, such as song food, is high in fat, calories and protein and can cause obesity and health problems in canaries. Owners should only feed it to their canaries a couple of times a week, and in small amounts. For extra calcium, birds can eat finely ground eggshell and cuttlebone. Adding vitamins to water not only decreases the amount of vitamin contents after the first half hour, it also creates a suitable environment for bacteria to multiple. Sprinkling vitamin supplements on fresh vegetables is a far more effective method for feeding canaries extra vitamins. This is not necessary if the canary seed already contains additional vitamins.

Foods To Avoid

    Canaries always need to have clean, fresh water, free of contaminants such as bacteria and chemicals. Owners who feel apprehensive about the quality of their tap water should give their birds bottled water. Canaries should never eat avocado, as it is toxic to them. Owners should also avoid feeding home-grown seed, as this can contain bacteria.

How to Build a Finch Aviary

Finches are adorable cage birds to own. Their soft "beep-beep-beep" is soothing and funny. Their hyper antics, foraging, and social activities are endearing and entertaining to watch. Social birds who live in groups or colonies, finches will need room for daily living and breeding if more than a couple are kept, and especially if more than one variety of finch is kept together. There may come a time that a larger flight area or aviary is necessary or desired for the size flock being kept. A large reach-in, movable aviary, for use indoors or outdoors in warm weather, is easy to make with simple tools and inexpensive materials.

Instructions

    1

    Sand all the lumber so there are no rough edges or splinters.

    2

    Square the corners of all of the lengths of lumber with the miter saw.

    3

    Assemble two four-foot high by four-foot wide frames, either with screws or fasteners. Stretch, cut, and staple the wire mesh over them. These will be the front and back panels of the aviary.

    4

    Assemble four four-foot high by three-foot wide frames with screws or fasteners. Stretch, cut, and staple the wire mesh over them. These will be the top, bottom, and left and right sides of the aviary.

    5

    Screw all six screened frames together into a four-foot high by three-foot wide by four-foot long box shape.

    6

    Working on the left side of the aviary, use the wire snips to cut open three sides of a small door from the wire mesh, twelve inches wide and twelve inches high, bending the screen on the left margin of the door. Cut a length of wire to loop in the door to latch it closed.

Homemade Bird Perches From Tree Branches

Homemade Bird Perches From Tree Branches

Pet birds spend most of their time on their feet, standing and walking on perches. It is essential for the bird perch to be comfortable and sturdy, as well as clean. Perches not only provide a place for birds to stand, but also something they can chew on, since they are generally made of wood. Birds also use perches as a type of beak-grooming device. Although bird perches can be purchased in most pet stores, making a homemade bird perch from tree branches can be an economical alternative.

Instructions

    1

    Measure the cage from one side to the other, or where you plan to place the bird perch, to determine the length of the perch.

    2

    Obtain a tree branch that is slightly longer than the measurements gathered. The diameter of the tree branch used for the perch should be in proportion to the bird's feet. The bird's foot should fit two-thirds of the way around the perch.

    3

    Use a jigsaw to cut the tree branch to the desired measurement. Make straight cuts at each end of the branch so the ends are flat.

    4

    Clean the wood thoroughly with a nontoxic cleaner and a clean rag.

    5

    Use an electric drill to drive one hanger bolt into the center of each end of the branch.

    6

    Place the tree branch in the bird cage at the desired location.

    7

    Screw a washer onto each of the hanger bolts and secure the perch in place against the sides of the bird cage with wing nuts.

Rabu, 02 Februari 2011

How to Build an African Grey Parrot Cage

How to Build an African Grey Parrot Cage

Investing in a large bird like an African Grey parrot can put a real dent in your wallet. When you have to buy a cage for such a large bird, that makes an even bigger dent! So a lot of African Grey owners choose to build their own cage from scratch and save a huge chunk of cash. African Grey parrots are large birds from the Congo with a wingspan of up to 24 inches. These birds need a special diet high in calcium rich foods so large food trays should be available in the cage. Grey's also are highly intelligent birds, so they need many toys to keep them busy as well. Grey's are a huge responsibility and live up to 60 years, so great care should be taken when building your pet's cage as they will be there for a very long time.

Instructions

    1

    Lay out your steel sheets, one on top of the other and drill four holes, one at each corner, that are large enough for your steel rods.

    2

    Have someone help you hold the top steel sheet while you attach the rods with washers and bolts. Put one washer and one bolt on the end of each rod's top and bottom. Take your soldering iron and melting metal and secure the bottom bolts by melting metal onto and around the bolts, both on the inside and outside. Do the same for the top sheets bolts. The frame of the cage should be secure enough to stand on its own now.

    3

    Drill 26 holes on the top and bottom of each sheet large enough for the steel wire to run through. Run the wire through the holes and with your soldering iron, weld the ends of the wire to the metal sheets on the top and the bottom.

    4

    Take your saw and cut a 10 by 10 inch square out of the middle of one side for a door. Save the pieces and set them aside.

    5

    Solder the edges of the cut wires along the steel molding so that it makes a 10 inch square opening with smooth edges.

    6

    Take the pieces of wire you cut away from the hole and cut an additional 1/4 inch off of them. Solder them to the remaining 4 pieces of steel molding so that it makes a framed door.

    7

    Solder the hinges onto the cage and door so that it swings freely without obstruction.

    8

    Solder the safety latch hook to the door of the cage. Then solder the safety latch catch to the cage opening.

    9

    Secure bowls and toys to the bars of the cage and add any other accessories you have purchased from the pet store before introducing the Grey to it's new cage.

Selasa, 01 Februari 2011

Homemade Parakeet Nesting Boxes

Homemade Parakeet Nesting Boxes

A budgerigar, more frequently called a parakeet in the United States, is a common pet bird that resembles a small parrot. Parakeets come in colors ranging from pure white to yellow and green or blue. These little birds can even learn to talk. Breeding parakeets is a relatively simple task with a mated pair and the proper conditions. This includes having a nesting box available for the birds to raise their young. With the right tools and materials, you can build a nesting box in about an hour.

Instructions

    1

    Cut a 10- by 8 1/2-inch rectangular board from 1/4-inch basswood board. This will act as the back board. Cut a 9- by 8 1/2-inch rectangle This will be the front board.

    2

    Cut three 9- by 8-inch rectangles from the board. These will be the side boards and roof board. Cut an 8- by 8-inch square for the bottom board.

    3

    Place the edge of the bottom board on the face of one of the side boards, aligning the edge of the bottom board to one of the short sides of side board. Staple the side board to the bottom board.

    4

    Place the opposite edge of the bottom board on the face of the other side board, aligning the edge of the bottom board to one of the short sides to start forming a box. Staple the second side board to the bottom board.

    5

    Position the back board on the side of the box, aligning the edges of the back board to the edges of the bottom and side boards. Staple the back board to the side and bottom boards.

    6

    Place the front board on the opposite side of the box. Align the edges of the front board to the edges of the bottom board and side board. Staple the front board to the side and bottom boards.

    7

    Fit the roof board on the top of the box, with the back edge aligned to the back board, and with a slight overhang on the front. Fasten the roof board to the back board with the hinge.

    8

    Drill a 1 1/2-inch hole on the center line of the front board, about 1 inch from the top of the board. Leave the shavings from drilling in the box. Drill a 1/8-inch hole through the center line of the top section of the back board as a mounting hole.