Someone near you has a parrot. Ask around at work, church, the gym or
wherever. Someone has an African Gray or Amazon or Macaw or something.
They all have feathers. And they all shred wood. A feisty macaw can tear
through a perch in a week. Perches cost money. Where am I going with this?
If you have trees, (there a a few specifics) you can supply perches and toys
and grateful bird owners will share feathers. Ask the owner what size
they'd like, and how they fasten to the cage. Go to a pet shop and look at
the examples (check out those prices too). Chunks of wood on a string make
great bird toys too. Five minutes with a saw and you could have a new
Many woods are toxic to parrots. Some that listed as safe are Pear,
Apple, Silver Maple, Hawthorne, and Sycamore.
Why should you go to all this trouble? A picture is worth a thousand words.
Different birds need different size perches. An African Gray can be
comfortable on 1/4"-1/2" diameter, a large macaw will want 1"-2".
Molds and bugs can be lethal to birds. Either scrub the wood with
bleach or let the bird owner know you did not.
Above is a picture of Pheasant Tail nymphs in size 12 and 18. Well,
actually Amazon Gray Tail nymphs. I think the Bluegill will be all
over these. ~ Lux
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board here at FAOL too.
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