The majority of the items can be purchased at Home Depot. The dog chain**, marker, and bell at the dollar store.
Hack Saw, marker, electrical conduit, plastic electrical junction box (4 holes), measuring tape, power drill with various bits, 5 T-Joint (used for sprinklers), metal single eye with screw end, second nut fitting eye screw, metal "U" hook with screw on end, SS chain,
and a small bell.
**USE DOG CHAIN AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION
The electrical conduit used can be purchased at Home Depot. It's water proof and if it ever gets covered in food or feces, it's simple to wipe off. Lawrie says that this doesn't contain lead - just plastic that has a slight rigid texture and the bird won't slide off.
Measure the conduit and cut into 12 equal lengths.
Please Note: Do NOT drill while holding the item between one's legs. Use a bench press to hold the item steady while drilling.
Drill holes in the electrical junction box.
Then with a smaller drill bit drill 2
holes for the "U" hook screw
(on the bottom lid).
Save the little plastic pieces out of the junction box. You'll need 2 to use as cheap washers. When assembling a
single eye hook with a screw in the electrical lid, secure with a second nut.
This atom can be made into different sizes to accommodate your size of parrot.
Meet Crash (above) enjoying the atom. Not only did Crash get an atom, but Lawrie makes these for a parrot rescue group in Ottawa called Wings of Hope.
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Lawrie B’s “The Atom”
Reprinted with permission