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Wooden Cutting Boards

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Old 03-31-2016, 11:51 AM   #1
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Wooden Cutting Boards

I'm planning on making a little birdy gym soon for my new arrival and I had a great idea to see if I could get a nice wooden cutting board for the base. My only concern is that it might be treated with something that isn't bird safe (though you think it wouldn't be because we are preparing food on it!) or that he might chew the corners... are they big wood chewers? Would a cutting board stand up to these little guys? Maybe some kind of tray would work better. What are your thoughts?
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:03 AM   #2
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A wooden cutting board should be fine for a play gym---eating the wood may be too difficult also. I hope you have:
A tub of Nutriberries for cockatiels
Smaller cage to start----they are clumsy and may fall in the beginning; you will need one anyways
Seeds/pellets and water in easy places in the cage.
Best to you! Let us know how it goes.
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Thanks! I like the idea of using cutting board better than just a piece of scrap wood, I think it will be much easier to clean.

I don't have nutriberries yet, the local pet store here does not sell them and I still have yet to find out what -if anything right now- is my little guys favourite treat!

I do have a tiny little parakeet cage that will be good for transportation, but he will be moving right into the big flight cage I have. I've already decided to put a towel over the grate and then paper towel on top of that as a precaution. The breeder is giving them flight practice and says they aren't clumsy, but I still want to be careful!

I have food cups that can easily be moved to sit on the bottom, so food and water down low won't be a problem at all! The breeder gives a care package with her birds, so I'll be getting whatever kind of food she weans them on to!

I get to pick him up Monday so I'll be posting an update on him as soon as he settles in.
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I don't have nutriberries yet, the local pet store here does not sell them and I still have yet to find out what -if anything right now- is my little guys favourite treat!
One thing you can do is go to the various bird food and treat web sites and ask for samples. Many of the manufacturers supply a variety of sample sized packs to help potential clients out. Some have sites have a place to request samples others I had to email the contact info and got samples others required me to call their customer service. When I did this 3 years ago I only remember one manufacturer that did not supply them.
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Great Idea! Do you think most places would send samples to Canada? I know a lot of them are US companies...
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Great Idea! Do you think most places would send samples to Canada? I know a lot of them are US companies...
I do not know. All you can do is try.
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One thought on the play gym is that eood is porus and I find it's a bit tougher to clean poopies off.....depending on the design you could try a plastic cutting board for the base but either would work. I tend to lay down paper towels everywhere anyway even on play gym because I like easy clean up. Can't wait to see your creation, post pictures!
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I do not know. All you can do is try.
So far Harrison's won't deliver to Canada (too expensive) and Roudybush charges for shipping of their free samples (even in the states). Have tried a few others, but haven't heard back yet!
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One thought on the play gym is that eood is porus and I find it's a bit tougher to clean poopies off.....depending on the design you could try a plastic cutting board for the base but either would work. I tend to lay down paper towels everywhere anyway even on play gym because I like easy clean up. Can't wait to see your creation, post pictures!
Most plastic cutting boards have some kind of texture to them, so I think they would be pretty hard to clean too. For now I'm just going to stick some branches in a big pot filled with rocks and florist foam. Just to be sure he will play on it before making anything super fancy.
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I bought a wooden playgym at petsmart I paid 19.95 for it.

Huey uses it only as a landing spot, he does not play on it.

There is one perch that Huey uses to scratch his head.

I put Hueys treats and fresh food on the bottom so he know in the evening to go there for his yummy foods.
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