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Where to get wood?

On my quest to make large bird toys to donate to a parrot rescue I have found that I need to get a lot of wood! Since the toys will be large and need a lot a wood in them I need to find somewhere where I can get bird safe wood (pine?) so I can cut it up to make my own pieces. I was going to get some from MySafeBirdStore, but the pieces aren't that big and I would spend a lot of money before I got enough for the toys. So us there anywhere that I can get large pieces of wood to cut up for toys, like home depot or lowes?

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Yep! Anybody who sells wood, which the cut up for people will have off cuts.
And if you tell them why you want the wood and that it is for a rescue you should find they will come to the party.
Pine! Just make sure it is very dry and has no sap anywhere.
If you talk to any arborist you maybe able to find better wood. But the down side is that it will need to be allowed to dry before you can use it in most cases.


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So I could just go to lowes and get some pine 2x4s?

Also, does anyone know if the Blue Halk brand if sisal rope at lows is safe! I got some sisal at MySafeBirdStore and it was so loosely wound so I wanted to get some of lowes sisal for some toys

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Just make sure the pine is untreated (no chemicals added so it would not rot fast). I get my rope from here: http://www.ropegalore.com.au/sisal-ropes/
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ok so i went to Lowes today and they had pine but it was sanded really smooth… is it still ok to get? other than then there was a lot of white fir boards, but i wasn't sure if they were safe

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Blooms and Branches has grapevine branches and a lot of other type wood branches they sell for weddings and what not. They're untreated wood. I just got a box of 25 grapevine branches for $25, free shipping that I used to finish Louie's tree play stand. They're the perfect size, some are small, some medium and some are a little larger. They were perfect for my tree stand. They say they only carry them for a limited time, while supplies last, but I just got mine about 2 weeks ago, so they might still be offering them. I got the idea from somebody on Talk Budgies who did a few play stand and had used these grapevine branches from Blooms and Branches. You can try them if you like. They're bloomsandbranches.com.


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ok so i went to Lowes today and they had pine but it was sanded really smooth… is it still ok to get? other than then there was a lot of white fir boards, but i wasn't sure if they were safe
Sanded is fine, but rough is cheaper...
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Any Pine should be safe as long as it is very well dried, no gum oozing out of any knots in and not treated. The sap is not good. Stay away from any pine wood with knots in it. These may bleed sap.

Sparrow. You are in an area where there is a tree that is one of the best you could use.
It is an invasive Aussy (common name here is Paperbark Gum) and cutting any branch from this should not get you into any trouble as they want them gone from the everglades.
It has a parchment like bark and is a very hardwood.
All parts off this tree may have beneficial things for our birds from chewing the flowers and seeds through to chewing the bark.
The joy with this tree is you can just cut a clean branch and give to your birds. You do need to know it is free of bird pooh, urban pollution, and any chemicals. Do not strip the bark! That is the birds job.
Bottlebrush is very close to this tree.
I will post a few photos of this tree, it's flowers and it's bark for you.




An end shot of a branch


Some of the bark peeled off


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Thanks Clive! I didn't know about that tree, I'll look to see if there are any in my neighborhood. I've been using bottlebrush branches we cut from a neighbor's yard (with permission). It's one of the hardest woods I've ever seen!! Thanks again!


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