If you decide to purchase a parrot, it is important to create comfortable and safe conditions for its maintenance. The cage is filled with accessories, each of which performs its function. One of the most popular are swings, we will find out why they are needed and how to make them yourself.
Do parrots need a swing?
Birds instinctively look for the highest place to ensure their safety. In the wild, they try to relax and sleep on the tops of tall trees. The parrot also takes the highest place in the cage. This place can be suspended swings of various shapes and made of different materials. The simplest swing designs are in the form of a ring or made of a perch and thread.
On a swing, the bird not only rests and sleeps, they are a simulator to improve coordination and movement. Such a simple accessory can improve the emotional state of the bird, add variety and brighten the life in the cage.
How to do it yourself
Everyone can make accessories for a pet with their own hands, this does not require special skills, tools and expensive materials. In just a few minutes you can make a simple design, decorate it with toys, bells.
The simplest design of a string and thread
We will make the simplest swing from a perch and a thread. You will need:
- wooden stick;
- strong jute thread (twine).
- cut the stick (length – about 15 cm, depending on the size of the bird);
- make shallow cuts from both ends of the stick in order to fix the twine;
- tie two threads to the stick, inserting into the cuts made (the length of the thread depends on the height of the cage);
- hang the swing by the thread in the cage.
Video: how to make a budgerigar swing
How to make a ring-shaped swing
Ring-shaped swings are easy to make from embroidery hoops. In almost every home there is such a device for needlework that no one already uses.
To make a toy you will need:
- hoop (we select the diameter for the size of your pet);
- strong rope or harness;
- old keychain;
- small bell;
- hook the key chain on the hoop in the upper part;
- tightly wrap the entire ring with a rope or cord, (different colors can be used)
- tie the ends of the rope;
- attach a bell to the bottom of the ring with a piece of thin wire;
- hang the ring in the cage by the eyelet of the keychain at the top.
You can use any other ring of suitable diameter.
Video: how to make a do-it-yourself ring budgerigar toy
Making toys for pets is very easy, but you need to know a few rules. All accessories must be safe, preferably from natural materials. It is dangerous to use parts that are too small or brittle. There should be no sharp edges, you cannot leave the ends of the wire, the bird can be seriously injured. Strong ropes must be used so that the parrot cannot peck and swallow them. It is forbidden to use copper, zinc, brass – these metals are toxic.
Also, do not cover products with varnish or paint. If you use rubber materials, you need to make sure that the bird does not bite them. When using glue to connect parts, it is necessary to ensure that its remnants do not remain on the surface, this is a very toxic substance. It is also important not to overload the cage space, too many toys are useless, the bird should move freely around its dwelling.
If some accessory annoys the pet, then it is better to remove it. So, we examined how easy it is to make a swing for a parrot with your own hands. Everyone will cope with this task, without spending a lot of time and effort. When manufacturing, it is important to use materials safe for the health of birds and adhere to safety measures. A feathered friend will surely appreciate your efforts and give you a good mood.