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Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby Michael » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:59 pm

Truman's New Climbing Tree

I built a brand new climbing tree for Kili & Truman. This article chronicles Truman's standoff with an African Grey Parrot, how I decided to get a new tree for him, and what followed. Lots of photos and a video of the parrot duo enjoying their new custom built tree.
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby ljeanne » Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:35 pm

VERY NICE! I'm sure it set you back a pretty penny but more for your money than store bought.
Great job! :gray: :amazon: :corella: :thumbsup:
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby ginger » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:50 am

Love it! Ozzy's would be so jealous so I'm not going to show him the video. :thumbsup:
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby marie83 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:09 am

Brilliant. I wish I was that creative and had any knowlege of DIY. The tree I currently have made fits the purpose for the size of birds I have but I've no idea how I would go about making one for a bigger bird as this one is only secured with a gravel filled plant pot and leather strips lol.
The price has always put me off of buying a proper tree and like you say, they are full of flaws for the purpose they are needed for.
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby Marsha » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:37 am

Hey Michael, that looks great! My birds have a big playtree too and they love it!
I have a question though, how much does an average java tree cost in the U.S?
I bought my java tree for 160 euros which is about 190/200 dollars. (without bottom though, with bottom the tree would have been around 250 euros/300 dollars)
I did had to search for the right tree with alot of branches, good height etc.
Are single java branches that much cheaper that this was the cheapest way to build Truman a tree?
Because if I had to buy all those branches seperatly that would have cost me much more in totall.

Here are some photos of my tree, I added alot of rope too because they really like climbing and its a cheap way to make the tree more fun!

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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby Michael » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:16 am

Yes, they are quite expensive. $300-$500 retail for a floor standing tree depending on size. It was not only cheaper but better to make Truman's tree from separate branches. I was able to get more overlapping branches to hang toys and swings from by designing it specifically for my birds and the spot I wanted to put it in. The only thing I still have yet to figure out is how to keep it clean but I'm sure I'll figure something out as I get to it.
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby terri » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:58 pm

WOW!! I want like 4 of them :D
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby marie83 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:31 am

It could possibly be cheaper doing it Michaels way as unlikely as it seems, over here full trees are in the range of 250-500 pounds, individual java branches cost between £10-50. Alot of people would consider the cost worth it cuz the java branches are extremely hardwearing and easy to clean.
If you don't mind hard work replacing branches and extra time spent cleaning you can get similar results with branches from ordinary trees which would be much much cheaper. That said Ollies tree is now 2 years old and I haven't had to replace anything at all as he doesn't chew alot and its bark is fairly smooth so easy enough to wipe down.
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby cml » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:27 pm

I think the design turned out great michael! Will use both yours and Marsha's tree as inspiration for expanding the play stand/perch I built earlier this year =)!
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Re: Truman's New Climbing Tree

Postby marie83 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:59 pm

cml wrote:I think the design turned out great michael! Will use both yours and Marsha's tree as inspiration for expanding the play stand/perch I built earlier this year =)!


I reckon this will be inspiration for many, including me. :)
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