Video: Making a Loop

It came to my attention that when I say something like “make the end of the rope into a loop” that it is not as straightforward for some people as it is for me! Thus, here is a video showing you how!

 

And here is how you can make a double strand:

 

Want 4 strands to make a toy without a toy base?

 

Hopefully that clears it up and explains it a bit more for those of you who needed extra assistance!

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Opinion: Bird Bread and Its Place

For those that don’t know, bird bread is something popular in the avian community. It is a way to get pellets, fresh foods, etc into our birds when they decline to eat it themselves. Some feed it as a treat, others as an integral part of their feathered companion(s) diet. Birds universally seem to love bird bread so it is an effective tool for this purpose.

Bird Bread
Bird Bread

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Grain Bake in the Crockpot

If you don’t know what a grain bake is yet, you should take a look at Patricia Sund’s blog Parrot Nation. The idea of a grain bake is to throw a bunch of dry goods like grains, beans, pasta, fruits,etc, cover with water, and bake until the water is absorbed. What could be easier than that?

Maybe the crockpot?

I don’t know if it’s technically easier, but it fits into my lifestyle. I throw my goods in the crockpot, cover with about an inch of water, cover and turn on the heat! That is really all there is to it.

Here is a before picture:

Grain bake

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Sorry!

Just wanted to insert an apology here for delays in updates. Life has been a bit more hectic than planned. We hope to get some new content up for you shortly! In the meantime, if you have any requests, feel free to let us know!

Here’s a video of Koopa dancing to get you through 😉

Buy or Make: IGAW’s Wacky Woody

Do you ever look at a toy somewhere and think, “Geez, I could make that for a lot cheaper?” I certainly do! Sometimes the sticker shock makes me think I might be overpaying for an item if I buy it from a vendor.

Recently I decided to take on the challenge of making a version of the I Got a Woody Bird Toys’ “Wacky Woody” , specifically the Barrel Bead version. The toys look awesome; they are full of the chippable barrel beads that my Hahn’s covets so much. I tend to be a cheapskate, and the $35 to $40 price tag made me a bit dizzy. I happened to have the materials on hand, and set out today to see what really goes into this toy.

My results:

homemadewacky

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