As a bird owner, you know bird spreads seed all over its cage and occasionally the floor underneath it. A great solution for this is to make or buy a bird cage seed catcher. These catchers are the easiest way to prevent seed from ending up on the floor, and this product itself or the materials to make one are available on eBay. It is easy to make a personalized bird cage seed catcher by following a few simple steps.
Buying or Making
Bird cage seed catchers help prevent messes from the birds, which can be made at home or purchased online. Some seed guards are simple fabric sleeves that slip around the cage to prevent messes. There are also others that are metal guards acting an extension of the cage, keeping seed in the tray.
It is also important to consider different materials carefully when making the seed guards. Some mesh can be harder to work with, but is less expensive. Mesh can also allow small seeds to slip through at times.
Choose almost any material that is desired for a birdseed catcher, but the most important thing to remember is to select a material that is flexible and soft. It is easier to empty it and clean up the seeds, which is simply detached and dumped into the garbage. Another great idea is to opt for a breathable material that water can pass through, but seeds cannot.
In addition to the fabric, make sure to purchase self-adhesive Velcro to make the bird cage seed catcher. Make sure to also have scissors, a measuring tape, and a sewing machine or sewing kit available. If you do not already own any of these items, they are available for purchase on eBay.
Once you gather your supplies, you are ready to get started. Ensure that you have all the materials you need for the basic construction at hand.
First, measure the cage to find out how large to make the seed catcher. Measure out the cage's perimeter and then add four inches. This number is the length of cloth you need to purchase. Most of the time the width ends up around eight inches, but it can be made longer for messy birds or larger cages.
For this step, simply cut the fabric so that a long rectangle is made with the pre-determined length from step one.
Take the sewing machine to create a hem along every side of the fabric that measures one inch in width. If a sewing machine is unavailable, simply sew the hem by hand as there is not very much fabric involved to sew. Sew with a zigzag stitch, as this prevents the hem from unravelling. Now there is a rectangle of fabric that measures two inches longer than the cage's perimeter and has a width of around six inches.
4. Using the Velcro
The final step of making the bird cage seed catcher is to use the Velcro. Use half inside one edge of the rectangle and the rest on the outside of the opposite end. This way you can wrap the rectangle around the bird cage and use the Velcro to secure it. Be sure to press on the Velcro firmly so it sticks.
5. Using the Seed Catcher
Attach the seed catcher to the bird cage using the Velcro. Now, sit back and watch the seed catcher work. When a seed or hull flies, it simply bounces off of the catcher and goes back into the cage or settles on the catcher.
How to Buy a Bird Cage Seed Catcher on eBay
Sellers on eBay offer a wide range of bird cage seed catchers as well as the materials to make them. You can search for already made seed catchers or the supplies you need to make your own. When purchasing a seed catcher, make sure it is the right size. You can focus on a particular brand by typing the search phrase "Prevue bird cage seed catcher" or look for all products by removing the brand name. If you prefer to make your seed catcher, then simply search for the fabric using the keyword search. With the knowledge of how to make a bird cage seed catcher, you can easily find the right supplies.