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Parrot Play Gym

I've been browsing pintrest and I saw diy play gyms made out of plastic chains, pvc pipes, jute, and hemp. Are these materials safe and where do I start when making a play gym?
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The materials you mention are all safe for your birds play gym, when buying jute or hemp you should make sure you buy the type that is not treated with chemicals.

Check out youtube and you'll get some ideas of how to create a play gym for your bird. The first clip is about how to make macaw play gym/stands.




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gapevine is also safe, and they LOVE to peel it!!

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I saw on your intro post you also have budgies, they LOVE this climbing net I made for them using hemp!



if you would like I can post the step by step pictures on how to make this!



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Can you please post the climbing net? I'm sure my budgies will love it, they have hemp toys in their cage and they climb them all the time
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Can you please post the climbing net? I'm sure my budgies will love it, they have hemp toys in their cage and they climb them all the time
1. Start off my measuring how long you want the rope to be. Then fold it over and double the length (add a little extra for the starting loop or hanging).



2. Unfold the first string and measure a second string that is 4x that length.
(this uses a LOT more hemp than you would think!)

find the very center of each rope so the ends are even and tie a loop or make a slip knot around a dowel as u can see in one of my rope net pics.





3. The two shorter strings which should be the length you want the end product to be will ALWAYS be the two center strings.




4. fold the left string over the center two




5. pull the right string over top the left one that you crossed over the center two



6. continue to pull the right string under the two center strings and up through the loop you created.






7. then pull tight. it helps to have the loop anchored to something and I usually will hold the middle short ones with my teeth.. its the easiest way I have found.

continue these steps over and over and the rope will get longer and twist on its own!




if you want it straight and not twisted you alternate the side you start with and do the opposite. you can add beads on the center two and they will be in the center of the braid. for my climbing net where they ropes intersect I would just put the two left two strings (one short one long) behind the finished rope its intersecting with and the right two strings over and keep braiding.

Hope this helped!!! let me know if you need any clarification. once you get the hang of it its really fast. the way its tied is literally the same way you start tying your shoes but with two strings going though the pretzel shaped tie!!







I just hook it to the ceiling and then top of the cage.. you can attach bells or what ever toys they love!!

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Thanks so much
Do you know where I could purchase grape vine?
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Do you know where I could purchase grape vine?

You can check out your local walmart and look for sisal rope or hemp cord as you can use this also. Just make sure the rope has not been chemically treated.


Or you can purchase these products online at bird friendly sites, here the rope will be assured its not chemically treated and safe for your birds.


La Voliere Boutique pour perroquet

Paulie Rope, Cotton Rope, Sisal Rope, Seagrass Rope and Cord

Parts | Canadian Bird Toys
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Do you know where I could purchase grape vine?
unfortunately I do not know where to tell you to get grapevine as it grows wildly up trees in my back yard!! I can also say if you get it fresh like I have.. once it starts to dry it will shrink! this was a big mistake as mine as it did this.. I had to keep tightening the zip cords I used to hold it together!!! that was my biggest challenge.. however once it is completely dry.. it will not bend and mold the way you want it .. it will crack more like a stick! so you would have to get pieces the correct length and shape you want. I'm sorry I cannot be of more help! I purchased my non treated natural hemp from a craft store here called Joanne Fabrics, I am not exactly sure where you live but any craft store should have natural/ non treated hemp. if the package does not specify I would advise contacting the company before using their product!
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Oh ok thanks
I have some organic hemp from Michaels that I think I'll be able to find
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