1.1.1 - Coops
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." - Leonardo da Vinci
- I wanted to make it double layered so that they could be kept separate. With the breeding pair on one level and the others on the other level.
- I wanted to add wheels to the bottom so I could move it around.
- I wanted to add a 'see in but can't see out' mirror.
- A storage level that could hold all of their stuff so that it acted like a totally self contained unit - mobile and kept the mess inside.
- Have a door that would open and close so they couldn't get out or fall to the floor if I was away.
The cage itself is a little over-kill in terms of the building material. But again, this was just a proto-type to work through the various design ideas. I also would have to figure out where to source plastic in the correct shape, or whatever other material I would ideally use to make it lighter.
- It's been re-decorated and I added more of their toys and fake plants.
- You'll also notice how I wrap some of their perches with a soft blanket so their little footies don't get sore from hard wood.
- There are also these black rubber covered wires that can bend into any shape that work perfect for making and adjusting any shaped perch.
- The top portion can be lifted and placed else-where if they get too loud. I can also remove it temporarily- roll the bottom portion where i want it and place it back on - a lot easier than rolling the whole thing since it makes it not-top heavy.
It can be difficult and takes a lot of time but it's a very cool feeling when they get to jump in and explore - they really do seem to appreciate it. I'll see how this version works for a while but the next model will be modular and probably be made of PVC pipe.
Moral of the story - you gotta have something to work with to work on. It's not far off from my original idea(s) of what it would be like but in another way it's still a very rough - yet a finally functional draft. Now when I design the 'real deal' i'll have not only experience in construction but learned so many different things that I didn't and couldn't envision before I started. The same theme applies to my book and other projects. I've learned you can't expect something to be perfect - or really even that good if you have no experience and there is only so much you can do in the planning stage. At some point - and the sooner the better - you gotta put it into action.
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."