He's one big fat bird getting into all kinds of crazy shenanigans and whatnot.

 

Anyone in Westchester NY area looking for a cage?

I’m selling Honpun’s big play cage for $150, see below from my CL ad. Shoot me a message if interested

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I bought this large cage a few years ago as a play cage for my cockatiel. It is too big for him and he prefers his smaller cage, so I’ve decided to let it go. He has barely ever used it. It’s perfect for a slightly larger bird or multiple cockatiels/budgies.

It measures 34.5” tall, 31.5” wide, and 19.5” deep. The cage is attached to a rolling rack underneath. Total height is 54”. I loved that I could put all his bird things under there. Cage bars are about 1/2” apart. I believe it is powder-coated (no chip). Color is black. The top is flat so you can put stuff up there too.

4 front doors with one large latched door in center, and 2 more doors on sides. It comes with 4 food dishes and 2 wood perches and the ladder is attached. I am also including some of the accessories/toys. Possibly the Tidy Seed feeder. And there are two bird beds I made for him - one small one in the top left corner and a large plush one with cuddle corner on the floor. 

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How to make a bird bed

Here’s the tutorial at long last! I originally made Honpun a bed to keep him from sleeping in his food dish.

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STEP 1) Select a small, shallow container to make the bed frame. I recommend a square-shaped plastic dish with a flat bottom (A soap dish or tupperware will do fine). For a cockatiel, 2.5” to 4.5” wide and 4” to 5.5” long.

STEP 2) Decide how you want the bed to be situated in the cage. It is best in a corner (both for stability and so the bird feels safe) and needs a perch to stabilize the outermost edge. You can attach it to a diagonal perch or have it straight.

Use a small drill bit to make 4 holes in the frame. Use bird-safe wire or string to fasten the bed to the bars and perch. 

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***NOTE - If you are using a round container or are attaching to a diagonal perch, you are going to create open spaces. Birds love to stick their heads into these for some reason so make sure they are large enough and your bird’s head won’t get stuck!

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STEP 3: Create the “mattress”. The mattress should be fairly hard/firm so the bird’s toes dont sink in and curve backwards. The top should be flat and even, and not too much taller than the bed frame or perch. Make sure there is little to no space between the mattress and the bed frame.

It’s harder to make a good mattress for a round container with tapered bottom like the green one in the pics….

For the material, I have used a hard dried sponge, chamois cloth with a cardboard top (you can see Honpun has chewed up the cardboard though..and that it also got wet!) and currently using bubble wrap with a hard, thick, flat piece of plastic on top. He likes to take spray baths on his bed so he needed a waterproof mattress.

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STEP 4: The “sheet”. Use a clean, safe cloth and masking tape to cover the mattress. Keep it a little slack so the extra fabric covers the wire/ribbon attaching the bed to the cage. I like chamois cloth because his claws don’t get stuck in it, but fuzzy robe material is nice for cold weather.

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Step 5: Put a roll or two of masking tape in the bed frame. Put the sheet/mattress thing in the bed frame and you are done!

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Let the beak-grinding begin :)

Remember to change the sheet as needed, and also check the mattress once in a while to make sure it stays clean and doesnt get wet or moldy. 

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THOSE TENTACLE FEATHERS

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THOSE TENTACLE FEATHERS

Fresh, dark green Romaine lettuce is a nice occasional treat for a tiel

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Fresh, dark green Romaine lettuce is a nice occasional treat for a tiel

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