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Calendar:

TUE, JUL 7, 2020
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING

SAT, JUL 25, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 4, 2020
NO EDUCATIONAL MEETING

SAT, AUG 22, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 1, 2020
Educational Meeting TBA

SAT, SEP 26, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 6, 2020
Educational Meeting TBA

SAT, OCT 24, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 3, 2020
Educational Meeting TBA

SAT, NOV 21, 2019
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 1, 2020
Holiday Potluck and Board Elections TBA

SAT, DEC 26, 2020
Board Meeting via teleconference, 10-Noon

2021

TUE, JAN 5, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, JAN 23, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, FEB 2, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, FEB 20, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAR 2, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAR 27, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, APR 6, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, APR 24, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, MAY 4, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, MAY 15, 2021
"Reading Rendezvous" on the Loussac Library lawn 12-4pm

SAT, MAY 16, 2021
"Migratory Bird Day" at the Alaska Zoo 11-5pm

SAT, MAY 22, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, JUN 1, 2021
Educational Meeting

SAT, JUN 26, 2021
Board Meeting at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage, 10-Noon

SAT, JUN 26, 2021
Bird Club Picnic, Abbott Park, 11AM-3PM


 

Training/Socialization Perch
Courtesy of Kim Hovey

I've searched the Net for a perch to use for training. My Amazon wouldn't stay on a tabletop perch; she likes the table better! All the floor perches I found were too high for me to use as I am disabled and need to train sitting in a chair by the perch.

So, I built my own! I also wanted to use it for my macaws, so it is built for the larger birds.

It is similar to the shower perch shown on your website, but the base is turned 90 degrees for stability, and I wrapped the perch area in sisal rope for non-slip traction (and something to chew on!) I also added a treat/water dish that is easily removed. The entore assembly breaks down easily into eight parts for transport or storage. It sets up or knocks down in 2-3 minutes.

What you will need:

  • 14' PVC pipe (diameter to suit your bird)
    NOTE: I used 1-1/4" so I could also use it with my 2 new macaws. The perch is about 1-3/4" wrapped in rope.
  • 5 90-degree PVC elbows
  • 3 PVC "T" joints
  • 1/4" Sisal Rope - about 40' or so (I wrapped very tightly!)
    NOTE: you can also use medical wrap or hemp, anything safe for the birds and to add traction
  • Cage-Clamp food dish (mine twists off for easy cleaning)
  • PVC primer and epoxy
  • TiteBond II wood glue for the rope (FDA approved - safe)
  • 1/4" Drill
  • 1/4" bolt with (2) nuts and washer

Cut PVC pipe as follows:

  • 2 36" pieces
  • 3 18" pieces
  • 4 12" pieces
  • 1 6" piece (for dish)

ASSEMBLY (see photos for direction of connectors)
Using PVC epoxy adhesive, glue ONLY the items listed below:

  • Attach one elbow and 1 "T" joint to the ends of one 18" piece for perch
  • Attach two elbows to the ends of two 18" pieces for base ends
  • Attach two 12" pieces to one "T" joint for base side
  • Repeat this for other base side

Place 6" PVC piece in "T" joint on the end of the perch
DO NOT glue!

Mark just above the "T" on the 6" piece for drilling the hole. Remove "T" and drill.

Attach clamp-on bowl to 6" piece where hole is drilled. I used a nut to hold the bolt in place in the tube before attaching the bowl itself. I also used a twist-off bowl so I don't have to remove the bracket to clean it. (Petco has them.)

Wrap the perch area. Start with a thin layer of TiteBond II glue on the pipe. Wrap tightly with the sisal rope (or other traction item), adding a bit of glue between the ropes on the bottom side of the perch about every 2-3". Finish off on the bottom side with the glue at the other end. Allow to dry at least 24 hours.

PUT IT TOGETHER:

  • Connect the two base sides (with the "T") to the base ends (18" with elbows)
  • Insert the two 36" uprights into the base "T" joints
  • Add the top perch and the dish post


Completed stand, about 38-40" tall

 


Blue Front Amazon SALEM loves her new perch!
She enjoys talking to us when we are in the pool!

 

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