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Question Adding a Foraging Tree/ Play Tree

So lately I have noticed that Rio is getting more and more nippy as time passes. I read an articel not to long ago about the benifits of having a Forageing Tree. It was saying that having one for your bird decresses behavioral problems, feather picking, boredom, ect. (The Articel { http://www.stfrancisanimalandbird.co...y/?page_id=199 })


I was wondering if anyone has done this and noticed improvements in behavior? I think Rio is biting like he is because he"s bored and has no way to accupy his time.
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It sounds like a really good idea and definitely something I'm going to have to make myself once I've moved out of the current house. I guess you could go out and find a tree safe for birds and get a good branch off it with lots of room for you to work with putting the feeding stations. Definitely a thing to consider. Plus it's really cheap and easy to make

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I am planning to do that lol at this point it's just the fact of finding a tree that is safe. I'm thinking pecan with some willow.
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Natural branches are great for our birds.
A: They give a varying size for their feet. This is good for them as if they live on the same diameter dowel they can develop foot problems.

B: It can give them a source of minerals from chewing the bark.

C: It gives them something to chew on.

D: It is more natural for them to play on.

Willow is safe.
Sorry I do not know about Pecan.
Here is a link to good and bad woods. http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml

Some woods I do not see on here that are used are. but are from NZ and Aussy.
Paperbark Gum
Manuka
Kanuka
Agonis
Pohutakawa

If you put the screws where your birds cannot get them you will not need to use stainless. If you counter sink the heads they will be out of site anyway.
My Gym is held together by interlocking limbs, cable ties and just a few screws.
Treatment of wood. If there is any bird poop on it or you worry about it being safe, a good hose down and leave to dry in the sun, is good enough in most cases. I do not treat mine as I prefer them to get a natural as possible environment.
Same as some will tell you to strip the bark off! Much better that your birds get to do this I feel.
And I just have to add a picture of my super large Ply Gym, which my guys spend a lot of the time on and sleep there.


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Wow I love your tree!! Lol mine won't be as awesome and complex as yours but it will do the trick I think
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Yes! Sorry I just had to post that!
Here are two small ones that I have for them.
They are all mounted on an office chair base, so they can be moved around.




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Having the office chair base is an absolutely fantastic idea! They look brilliant!

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Yes Pecan is safe for birds found that on 3+ sites just to double check. And here are my branches/ large twigs. I've laid it out in how i think i want to arange it

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Cool that looks like it will do the trick.
It maybe good to add a couple more cross branches.
I found a few birds like to have an upright to stand near, while on a cross branch.
And Angel has taken to standing along a cross branch at night. So almost laying along the branch. She is the only one I have seen do this! The others roost across the branches.


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forging tree/play tree

My husband made an awsome one for his senegal. It is held up with an xmas tree stand and has a garbage can lid on it to catch all the droppings. It is loaded with toys and branches for kiwi to sit on. It is awsome.
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