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Ok, well where to begin. I think I shall start by telling you that you can make either wooden, plastic or hanging gyms which are equally as fun and good as each other.

1) Plastic/wooden shop brought playgyms are good because they are small, easily put away and cheap however they are not good if you want a big, fun gym because they cannot be assesorized like the normal wooden ones. Plastic is not good for a bird feet either causing foot sores and bumblefoot which lead to irritation on a birds feet. Knowing this I would not, personally go for these small gyms or plastic gyms.



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2) The cage playgym is a good idea if you don;t have the money or space for a big wooden gym. I have a cage play gym and find that these work well. You can connect toys to the side of the cage easily with no fuss or effort. It does not come amazily cheap if you want to get lots of toys, I must have spent over £100 pounds on mine however it is worth it because the birds use it everyday.

This is an old picture of mine. It is a bit better now :giggle:



3) Last but not least there are wooden play gyms created by you or shop brought but it sounds like you want to make it yourself. To do this you needs to find sutiable branches off safe trees. Some good trees that are safe are apples trees and elm trees which are strong and secure.

Here is a list of safe wood - http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml

To make your own tree gym you should frist cut off branches off your choosen tree, dry them out, strip them of their bark and fungi and give them a good old scrub. The bark MUST not be dead or black when you get it because this is toxic to budgies. Once it is scrubbed and dried with the bark removed it is ready to use. This should only take a couple of days.

It could look like this:



Ok now onto the toys.



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Foraging toys are always good for gyms because they entertain your birds while you have to do something else. Foraging toys on your gym will help to stimulate your bird and free it from any stress it may have (which could lead to feather plucking ... ect). Foraging toys are great for flock birds because you can get involved within the activity yourself helping them to find the treats you have hidden inside. They can easily be attached to the gym by thread or the cage bars ... ect



Swings or boings are a common budgie favourite because it gives the oppotunity for the birds to retreat to one in order to rest or play. Boings are created out of rope and are comfy for the feet while adding extra perches for the birds play gym. Boings are good because they are very spacey and gives the oppotunity for the birds to bond together. Swings also offer a great retreat and can be hung from the branches of the gym.



Wooden toys and rope toys are good for gyms too. They are stable and secure and very tough going. Budgies love to shew on them and it gives support and extra perches for the birds feet. Remeber to cut any loose string off the toys though because the birds beak and feet can get caught up in it.



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Shreddable toys are great stimulating toys for stressed budgies. It helps relieve a budgies anger which in turn can be easier for you to handle the bird and it shall be more calm and relaxed. Shredder toys are a common budgie faviorte as they are easily destroyed but provide hours of fun. Shredderable toys can be hung from the wooden gym or cage bars of the gym :)



Foot toys are little extras to gyms. When birds are resting they may want a toy to play with a foot toys, being so small and easy to carry, the birds shall love to play with them when they can't be bothered with the big things. Foot toys can just rest upon the gym or in a bowl beside the gym.



You could always make your own toys for the gym too.

Other toys you may like to get include:



Coconut toys which allow the birds to hide in the coconut, great for shy or quiet birds.



Metal toys for long lasting use (for birds who destory things in seconds)



Noise makers (for intelligent birds).

These toys can go on any of the gyms above and are very good with all birds ;) Now for the perches which can with this.



Rope perches give comfort to a birds feet, relaxing the pads of the feet with the rope that it is made of. Rope perches are easily flexed to be designed around your play gym and they are very long so are good value for money. Rope perches are good for a birds feet because they help get vary in the foot of a budgie therefore help to prevent foot sores and bumblefoot.



Mineral perches are good because they provide a healthy perch and a very comfortbale one too. They are made from calcium which helps strengthen a bird bones and it also helps when filing down a birds beak or claws. A mineral perch is a good thing to have.



Wooden perches made from grapevine, java or apple are great as they a natural so help file down a birds beak and nails and help to prevent foot sores and bumblefoot. Wooden perches are a great choice for a gym because they are what wild budgies would have therefore it is good.
Also platform perches are equally as good.



The website where you can find all these toys and perches is: http://www.24parrot.com/

I hope this helps you. On average each play gym costs at least £100 pounds :)
 

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in youre play area (verr impressive by the way) you have a vine ball which were causing problems ( being broken and almost strangling 'keets) im sure that youre watching your keet when theyre playing! :) im just noting that it is there (unless you took it down. u said it was an old photo)
 
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in youre play area (verr impressive by the way) you have a vine ball which were causing problems ( being broken and almost strangling 'keets) im sure that youre watching your keet when theyre playing! :) im just noting that it is there (unless you took it down. u said it was an old photo)
No I haen't taken it down and I was unaware of that danger so thank you for talling me. I have had no trouble so far however I will be sure to keep a close eye on the birds now!
 

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youre welcome!!
 
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My birds have their own birdy-tree for their birdy-parties. I basically took an old hampster cage, set it on the floor and fastened a few large branches sticking up to it. They're about 4 ft high with many smaller branches protruding off from it, making a humongous perch garden for them with toys and ropes all around it. They love it, they'll spend all their outside time on this tree. Everyday. It took a little coaxing to summon the courage at first to climb up it, but now when they come out to play, they race rite for it and almost never leave it.
 

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My birds have their own birdy-tree for their birdy-parties. I basically took an old hampster cage, set it on the floor and fastened a few large branches sticking up to it. They're about 4 ft high with many smaller branches protruding off from it, making a humongous perch garden for them with toys and ropes all around it. They love it, they'll spend all their outside time on this tree. Everyday. It took a little coaxing to summon the courage at first to climb up it, but now when they come out to play, they race rite for it and almost never leave it.
thats a brilliant idea pity i sold my old hamster cage before i read this
 

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Here is my budgie window.
It's their food/play area. Some of the stuff is bought from the pet store. The rest is made out of pots and pieces of wood that i found in the park.

They usually retreat back to the cage for sleep or just for having a safe haven.

Cage is open 24/7
 

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