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What do your playgyms look like

I have been thinking about getting Cricket a playgym. I don't want to go crazy on spending money. I was wondering what your birds had and if you would buy it again? Like maybe 80$ at the most. Could you let me know what you liked and disliked about it and possibly post pictures? Thank you in advance and have a great weekend!

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Here is a photo of Gracie's playgym.

Pros:
-inexpensive (I paid $24!)
-lightweight and portable
-feeding cups
-fairly easy to clean

It is mainly a place for her to be outside of her cage, without me holding her.

Cons:
-My biggest complaint is that the tray at the bottom is not big enough. The stand is set too far to the back of the tray so it does not contain most of her mess.
-it is not really a playgym, she just stands on it and eats

If I had to do it all over again, I would buy one with a perch in the center of the tray and two feeding cups.
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I don't have a play gym (my birds have open top cages so I attach a load of toys to that) but I can point you towards some good ones

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Shelly - Hopefully you already received my LONG e-mail with pics of all of my playstands, so won't repeat here! There are SO many to choose from!

When you have one you think will be good for Cricket, why don't you post a pic here and see what everyone says? Maybe someone already has one and can advise you.

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I have a small one that came with Minnie when I bought her. My birds all love it, but it's gotten really worn out and dirty since then. I need to buy a new one.



That's a picture of it when i first got it. It looks nothing like this anymore, haha.




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My birds have this one.
http://www.petsolutions.com/storefro...Playstand.html
And they have a wooden dying rack.

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im actually in the midst of making one out of a thick grape vine XD and if you have acess to some unpesticided apple trees you can easily make your own with a little preperation I also buy the cage top branches online that are like 8 bucks and that i take the screw out and screw it into the base the branch for a base, I also bought an oribitor online for like 25 bucks thats like a mini atom bird toy, and then I buy bird toy making supplies online and make my own toys.

Somebody off here made a pcv pipe atom that was awesome cant remember who though

Whooaah julia that playstand pretty freakin cheap for how awesome it is lucky birds, wish playstands in canda were so cheap

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I've had an array of play gyms! LOL I've had the huge cast iron with powder coated paint on them, a big tower, grapevine tree, several table top stands, and some of the typical round stands with stainless steel trays, two bowls, perch, and toy hook. My birds really LOVE the grapevine. They have also liked the tower because I was able to vary the perches with some wood, some rope, some grooming perches. Hanging gyms are also really appreciated as are hanging nets. I think the Get a Grip net has been one of my wisest purchases, and it's lasted for years. They play on it daily! I do use my round, conventional stands a lot - daily for feeding fresh foods - they're great for containing the mess and easy clean up. You really have a ton of choices out there, so the sky's the limit! Good luck and share after you have chosen.
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Thank you all!!! Abby, yours is nice because it has all the little things i want a play gym to have but i was thinking more of a stand up, on rollers. Jo anne has a perfect set up, maybe 4 or 5 different ones with ladders and stuff going from one to the other. I thought about the pvc, my hubby is pretty handy. So much to decide, i know i really need one with lots of hooks for toys. Just gotta keep looking i guess. Grapevines are easy to find here i could do one of those on top of the cage then go from there....

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lol i had that playgym for years abby my budgies love that rope that goes across

And kristen I wanted to get one of those get a grip my only concern was that theyd get poop all over the wall, do you have that problem?

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I bought mine from ebay - it's a table top. I was so angry when I got it. I asked for parrotlet size and I think that I got amazon size. And of course the seller would not respond to any of my emails. But I worked with it and fixed it up for the fids and now it works great. They love being on it. I wish I could put up a photo but it keeps saying upload failed. I never have problems with pics on other sites.

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I have a playgym made from a coffee tree, one made with wooden dowels, and one acrylic one. The acrylic one can be redesigned kind of like tinker toys. I had to make modifications to all of them for them to be truly accessible to the birds. I added boings so they could go from level to level and strings of wooden toys and ladders and whatever came to mind until the birds could go to all the spots on the gyms. Sometimes I still make other modifications. I like them all, but could hafve designed one more appropriate to my birds myself, although I have no construction skills, so I wouldn't have built it. My current gyms are all table top models.

I wanted very much to purchase a floor model that is made of levels of what appears to be bird cage wire. I'm not sure that explains the thing or not. I will probably still get it some day, but I am also considering getting a different cage and converting the smallest of the cages I currently have into a play gym for the living room. The down side that I see to play gyms is that none of them provide the climbing space of a cage.

I'll probably never upload a picture, and I won't even apologize. I'm not good at stuff like that.


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