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TUE, OCT 3, 2017
Educational Meeting
Pasta Sauce Cook-Off and Potluck

SAT, OCT 28, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 7, 2017
Educational Meeting

SAT, NOV 25, 2017
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers, 6921 Brayton Dr, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 5, 2017
Holiday Potluck and Club Elections


 

Hanging Perch Cube
Courtesy of Leanna Rein

This is a fun hanging toy that birds of all sizes will enjoy. The sections of the cube are meant to be chewed and replaced. I like to use aged wood branches that have the bark intact. I cut several extra sections as "standbys" so the chewed sections can quickly be replaced.

Tools Needed:

  • Hand drill
  • Saw (hand saw or chop saw)

Materials Needed (see below for sizing):

  • 12 lengths of wood - the diameter should be appropriate to the size of your bird.
  • 12 wood screws
    • -- Small cube: use 3/4 inch wood screws
    • -- Medium cube: use 1 1/4 in wood screws
    • -- Large cube: use 2 1/2 inch wood screws
  • 4 eye hooks
  • 2 lengths of rope or jute
  • 1 carabineer
  • 1 hook for hanging

Instructions:

1. Cut twelve lengths of wood to the appropriate length:

  • Small Cube: 10 inches
  • Medium Cube: 12 inches
  • Large Cube: 16 inches

2. Screw four lengths of wood end-to-end to form a square. Make a second square. Using the remaining four lengths of wood, attach each remaining section vertically at each corner to form the cube.

 

3. Insert an eye hook at each corner of the top square

4. Run a length of rope through the eye hooks on each side and knot securely. The length of the rope is based on how far from the ceiling you plan to hang the cube.

5. Insert a hook into the ceiling. Due to the weight of the medium and large cubes, you will want to insert the hook into a stud to prevent it from pulling out of the sheet rock.

6. Clip the carabiner to the 2 ropes.

7. Hang the cube by the carabiner.

Remember, this toy is meant to be explored, chewed and destroyed! Don't forget to cut some extra sections for quick repair.

 

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