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#424327 - 08/06/12 08:14 PM Kiwi's Mansion - Photo journey. Can you beat this?
mjohn911 Offline
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(Attention: I have the same post with all the photos showing and in the correct rotation available here. Blogger-photo-journey-kiwis-mansion.html ) You may want to view the post there, then comment here smile.

When we bought Kiwi, we bought a tiny pink cage that we could afford.






Once he got territorial and nippy while in the cage, I thought of an idea. I did odd jobs for a guy that had bamboo growing along the side of his driveway, so I cut some down, cleaned it out, and went to work.

I started with a drawer that was pulled from an ailing kitchen island, and I used it as a base. Then I built a wall-free structure about 3 feet tall with angled bamboo shoots for perches. I covered these with perch covers. I attached the bamboo together by drilling holes, using some screws, but mostly cable ties. I attached his swing to the top, and made a ladder out of wooden pipes from a cheap panflute.

Some pictures are rotated because Photobucket was being stupid.









I attached his bell and millet holder to the middle shaft. His food and water are at the bottom, secured to the sides of the drawer.



Its sitting on a coffee table. Its shoulder height on my wife, who is about 5'4.

This became Kiwi's new home. His wings were clipped, so I had no concerns about him staying there. I even made a ladder out of pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks for him to climb up if he jumped out. He used this a lot. The biting got a lot better with him having so much space to run about, and he had plenty of fun hanging upside down and jumping from perch to perch. His attitude became much better.

I'm not a big fan of mirrors when the parakeet is in the training / bonding stage of his life. He has one, but I keep it away a lot so he doesn't bond with it.

This was the first stage - construction. My wife did the second, the decoration. She made back and side walls for the entire cage from pipe cleaners (yes he can crawl through them). Next, she added fake moss on top of the bedding in the bottom. She added two-three ladders made from pipe cleaners, and fake floral decorations throughout. We added more toys, and even got a mirrored waterfall from Kmart! This is his favorite, as he likes the sound, can see his friend in the mirror, get wet when he wants to, and it doubles as a cool shower.

The Kiwi Mansion is a safe, fun place for him to run and play, and he's already lit up with the added stimulation of color and greenery. Its the perfect playhouse home, NOT a cage. His wings are grown in and he's getting to the point where he'll fly to me from a few inches away.





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Kiwi can say "Kiwi Kiwi Kiwi KiwiKiwiKiwiKiwiKiwiKiwi!!!" and "pretty bird" and "Commeerreee!". We're teaching him how to say "Whoa Baby!" (he almost said it today). His cere just finished turning blue within the past month or so.

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By the way, he likes to land on my wife's roses!

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Edited by mjohn911 (08/06/12 08:54 PM)

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#424328 - 08/06/12 10:22 PM Re: Kiwi's Mansion - Photo journey. Can you beat this? [Re: mjohn911]
illusive Fantasy Offline
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WOWOWOWOW man o man what a paradise cudos on ya both but id worry about the fake plants as t hey have very small wire in them an ya never know what a keet will do...pipe cleaners maybe a issue this way also and you have to be careful about metal and heavy metal poisoning

but hey who needs a cage when ya got that huh ..wish i could see that waterfall tho better

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#424334 - 08/07/12 08:33 AM Re: Kiwi's Mansion - Photo journey. Can you beat this? [Re: mjohn911]
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Registered: 07/29/08
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WOW is right! That's a playgym and then some!!
Nice job you two smile I can definitely see where Kiwi would become less bitey having all that room to play. He was undoubtedly bored with too much pent up energy in the small cage, thus the biting issues.
Do be mindful of some of the materials used tho. Like illusive said, some may very well be toxic and if he chews on the pipe cleaners and fake foliage it could very well cause problems. You wouldn't want that.
I know that bird climbing nets are expensive, but by the looks of things you two are crafty and creative so you could probably make them yourselves with keet safe rope and save a ton of money.
I just googled how to make them. Here's a couple links
I got this link http://www.ehow.com/how_6190630_make-climbing-net-manila-hemp.html from this forum: http://forums.avianavenue.com/bird-boulevard/65985-climbing-nets-can-i-see-yours-2.html There are pics of nets others have made on the forum.
and here's another
http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/how-to-make-a-climbing-net-for-your-parrot/
Nice job on the teaching to talk too. Now that he's started he'll start picking up on other words and phrases much easier than the first ones. What a cutie smile
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#424335 - 08/07/12 09:27 AM Re: Kiwi's Mansion - Photo journey. Can you beat this? [Re: mjohn911]
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there is also the issue of trying to clean an disenfect the "pipe cleaners" as you will definetly need to do that...i know you spent a ton of time to do that but...id use something else...and keep in mind DISENFECTING and the ability to clean when you do...and replacing as it gets worn. Dont want to sound like a party pooper but it is a reality... laugh

id also add a couple more food cups higher..for a variety of food stations an things that should be fed that would be different.

one more very important thing ...and this almost cost CAPPY'S LIFE is those slider glass doors...when the flights grown in...cappy had a not nite fright but day fright while out an flew into mine and broke off the tip of his beak and just to stop bleeding was a MIRACLE and im not exaggerating then there is the issue of bird being able to eat and crack seed with a broken beak i wont go into all the details long story short he is lucky to be alive...you may want to do something about those...have some pull drapes up...and also when flights begin to grow out watch for any broken blood feathers...worse dern thing cutting flights...and also nite frights are not the only concern there is also DAY FRIGHTS as cappy had ...if that bird flies into those sliders omg...what happened to cappy could happen to your bird

it was only the 30+ years of my experience that saved his life and stopped the bleeding and then having to syringe feed him till some of that beak grew back so he could crack seed on his own again and eat ...it was a very traumatic time for us both....with a broke beak they should also NOT be allowed to climb as there is a risk of opening it up again and the bleeding starts all over and a bleeding beak is a INSTANT emergency trip to a AVIAN vet...its like cutting a MAJOR artery...also a broke beak means the beak itself even if you save the birds life can have very tiny cracks thru it meaning it wont grow back normally and the bird will again have major issues so please please please dont underestimate this happening to you and what could happen if the bird becomes frightened in the day or nite wings clipped or not.

THIS TOO CAN HAPPEN TO YOU...be sure to always have on hand some kwik stop usually found in the dog cat sections of your pet stores.


Edited by illusive Fantasy (08/07/12 09:46 AM)
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#424336 - 08/07/12 12:55 PM Re: Kiwi's Mansion - Photo journey. Can you beat this? [Re: mjohn911]
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Wow great home! Lucky that Kiwi isn't spoiled....lol

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