That was my concern too, wolf. A lot of bird toy makers use color to attract a bird, but I've seen it scare birds more than attract them. Lucy might be the first exception I've seen. She loves colorful things, and ESPECIALLY shiny things.
I actually had my dad order it, because he owed me $60, and I told him he can pay me back by covering $60 dollars of the cost, and I could pay him back the extra $10. He was kind of wary at first, because acrylic is supposedly a heavy plastic, and the website did not give the weight, nor the dimensions of the base. However, the adjustable pieces made up for the lack of information.
I thought about using a tree branch, yes, but most of the trees here wouldn't be very good to use. I live in a desert, and most of the native plants are thorny, and designed to keep animals from eating from them, and that includes the trees. Not only that, but what is safe for native birds, I wouldn't know it to be safe for non-native species.
Though a population of feral lovebirds have been able to successfully nest in the cacti.
is Eucalyptus safe for cockatiels? I heard its toxic for birds, but in Australia, you see the cockatoos eating from them quite often, from what I've heard. I read an article about using them for Australian native parrots, and it said that captive birds might not always have the same immune system as their wild counterparts.
I would like to at least give this playstand a chance though. Alex is satisfied just being on me, but Lucy is the kind where she is almost always doing something, and a lot of the time, that something is usually driving me crazy.
There are times where she will just simply hang out, but they're pretty rare. Otherwise, she's shredding this or chewing on that, chasing a tiny ball here or relocating something small there, dropping either toys or food off the table or trying to steal something from Alex. She is by far, the busiest cockatiel I've ever owned. Most cockatiels I've owned would just be satisfied being in a high up area like Dudley's perch stand on top of his cage, Bu t not Lucy. No, Lucy has to chew on the plaque on the wall that she can reach from Joey and the finch's cage, or try to stick her head through the bars of Dudley's cage and eat his food (in which I hate to get her away from before Dudley takes her crest off).
Can you see why I've been looking for something like a play stand that I can hang a lot of toys on?
When it comes to playing and causing destruction, the only difference between her and a larger bird is the size. If she were the size of say, large cockatoo like a Moluccan or Major Mitchell's, the house would be destroyed!
... Ok that last part might have been an exaggeration, but I think you get my point.
She may be easily entertained, but she often gets entertained by things she shouldn't play with.