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PostSubject: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:15 am

The bird pool and shower.

It has come a long way from the first pool I tried.
That was a nightmare. It was a small water fall, but it kept springing leaks.
Roxy did show me that a pool could work and I started thinking how to make one for them. A year of trying to figure it out. I had a break through. I had been going about it all wrong. So the Mk1 was built.
When I say simple and cheap I meant it.
I took an old rubbish bin and cut the bottom to become the reservoir, then I cut some plastic tube to support the plastic sheet the tray sits on. I already had a fish tank circulation pump. 240v and it runs a few times a day controlled by a time clock.

WARNING: You may need to think how to protect cables from any chewing.

I set it up and Ricky (Eastern Rosella) came down to see what I was doing and jumped right in.
Here is the Mk1


This link will take you to the build photos, if you want to try and copy.
http://s815.photobucket.com/albums/zz71/clawinnz/Bath/

And here are two vids.
Ricky on Day1


And Two of the Tiels, with Ricky saying Hey! What you guys doing in my pool.


That was the simple pool.
I know that the Tiels prefer to shower, so I wanted to make a shower to go with the pool. This is when it got costly.

I used a weed/chemical pump 12v from a commercial spray unit to drive the shower, which is made from a spray wand. This is controlled by another time clock and the 12v is from a system set up down in the garage.


Again all the build details are on the link I posted above.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:24 am

I don't see the edit button?

And I see I have made some mistakes above!
It was Henry and Max to start with and then Tinkerbell came down.
So there was three of the Tiels

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:59 pm

That is SO cool! Could you post specific instructions on hot to make it? I'm really interested in making one for my birds. Also, how much would a pump like that cost? You are so smart!

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:58 pm

Cinnyluver wrote:
That is SO cool! Could you post specific instructions on hot to make it? I'm really interested in making one for my birds. Also, how much would a pump like that cost? You are so smart!

No! I am not that smart, just spend a lot of time thinking things over. I do agree it is so simple though! I was so happy to finally find a solution, and deeply moved by Ricky's response to my efforts.
The great thing is that because of the size of the holding tank, it only needs to be cleaned out once a month. I just keep topping it up mean while, as I get a lot of evaporation in the conservatory, due the temps.
The idea was "How To" keep a pool clean for them.

Yes! I will post details for you.
This is the simple Bird Pool
The circulation pump is around $30 $40nz and will come with a filter attached to it.
Time clock $20nz
Plastic bin $25nz
Plant tray $10nz
The other bits you will have to make or source and I have no idea what they will cost.

Find whatever to place in the tank to hold up the sheet of plastic. In my case I used some old plastic pipe for this. The sheet of plastic is just a platform and could be any non toxic material. Cut it to fit inside of the plastic bin and sits below the top of the bin. I then found a piece of pipe to fit on the pump which comes up out of the small hole I drilled in the platform. The brick is just there so that the pipe flows the water into the pool.

Now the more complex shower.
Hum! The big problem here is getting a pump that will do this? And if you can only find a 12v you will need a 12v supply that can deliver enough amps to drive it.
That is where the set up is far more complicated.
i run a time clock that then switches a relay to control the 12v for the pump.
Pump $125nz This is a pressure pump that cuts out when there is enough back pressure. And puts out 35psi low flow.
Time clock $20nz
Spray wand $40nz
12v Relay $20nz

The photos on the Photobucket link should help you see how it all goes together.
But if I can help anymore please feel free to ask. I did this for my love of the birds.

Here is Roxy using the puke water fall, and what started me down this track.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:52 am

Wow . I am impressed. Your birds are gorgeous. Those tiels sure like to bathe. I didn't have time to look over all your videos but I will later.

Do you raise birds? I think I would be tempted to capture wild ones in your part of the world.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:11 pm

That is so cool! I think I'm going to start planning how to make one for myself. It would be a great addition to my bird room!

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:32 pm

Quote Do you raise birds? I think I would be tempted to capture wild ones in your part of the world.
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Hi! Thank you.

No I do not breed. I have let my pairs breed in the past, as I see this as a natural part of life. But then Roxy had a prolapse and died on the operating table. Tink has come so close to dieing twice from egg laying complications.
Most of the Tiels I have had have been rescues or rehomes. Zinny is one of Henry & Tinks young, that was not a strong baby who may not be long lived. She took close to 4months to ween totally. But seems to have over come her health issues. She was born from an egg that was laid when Tink was on Lupron to stop her laying after coming so close to death from egg issues.
Angel I bought from a breeder as i wanted a all white male Tiel, she turned out to be a female after DNA test. Too late she was mine and I am not into handing birds on.
Snowy was confirmed male before I bought him. And is the Whiteface Lutino I was after.
And he brings balance to the flock of three of each sex.

I would always promote adoption over buying from a breeder. There are way to many birds that need good homes out there.

They live in the wild in Aussy, but not in NZ. They have never managed to establish here.
And when you consider. There are fairly high numbers that escape each year, it means they cannot deal with the wild here.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:43 am

Roxy using th waterfall.


Sorry about that Photobucket seems to be having some sort of trouble

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:28 pm

Learn something everyday. I had thought that part of the world was just overun with parrots. Do you have any native parrots in your country?

Yes tiels are noted for egg laying. I had a pearl that started laying at the age of 5 years. She laid 47 eggs in a few months . My husband was ill with Altzheimers and required constant attention. I couldn't handle the stress and rehomed her as I couldn't keep running her to the vet. When she was rehomed she quit laying.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:48 am

Yes we do have Parrots here.
Google Sirocco. He is a hand reared wild ambassador for the Kakapo who only number a few left in the wild. there was a vid on you tube of Sirocco trying to mate with a BBC wild life mans head. I can't think of his name. But try goggling I was shagged by a parrot. Also we had Barbara Heidenreich come down and work some magic on him to stop this type of behavior.

kakapo 3kg bird
Kakariki There are more of these in other countries than here now. Also known as Red crowned Parakeet and Yellow Crowned parakeet.
Orange Fronted Parakeet. Almost extinct.
Kea The one that hangs around tourists and tears bits off of cars when
parked in their areas
Kaka
Antipodes Island Parakeet.

Aussy Imports in the wild, that have established here.
Sulpher Crested Cockatoo
Eastern Rosella
Crimson Rosella

We are not allowed to keep most native birds. And though we can keep Kakariki's they are highly regulated. And all registered.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:01 pm

That's interesting how different different pet parrot species are viewed based on their location.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:10 pm

Thats interesting! I gotta try it out! Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:49 pm

Hey Lexi?

Petco makes water dishes for pets with fountains in them.

Maybe one of those would be a much simpler idea for a bird bath for those of us without these building skills or materials handy.

http://www.petco.com/product/102336/Drinkwell-Platinum-Pet-Fountain.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch

http://www.petco.com/product/111305/Petmate-Deluxe-Fresh-Flow-216-oz-Purifying-Pet-Fountain.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch
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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:21 pm

Wow! Why do you think the bird bath is complicated?
I thought that as anybody with any savvy can buy almost everything you need to build the basic pool. No skills needed there? It was a simple thing, but looks like I am wrong?

Why I went this way is because it is far better than anything I have seen on the market and stays clean a long time due to the reservoir below it.
This and the fact the tray gets flushed out a few times a day gives them clean water to bath in.

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PostSubject: Re: Bird Bath. Simple, cheap.   Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:23 pm

Uh... I personally give them a big old guinea pig food bowl with a mirror I put in the bottom, half filled with water, when they want a bath. They just adore it.

I was just posting that water dishes with a fountain already exist and all that in case anyone was interested.

Your idea is great. Just seems kind of... large... to me. But then, I only have two birds.
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