Playpens for birds can be as individual as the bird and the owner are, just so long as a few basic rules are observed. The first and most important is that you must make sure that all the materials you use are non-toxic and untreated. Your budgie will likely give everything a taste, if not a good hard chew. My budgies like nothing better than to gnaw through wooden perches like little feathered beavers. If you get dowel rods and boards from a hardware store, find a knowledgeable employee who can make sure you get wood that is untreated. After you have the parts, you can assemble the playpen with whatever level of woodworking knowledge you have. Don't use glue, because the bird will likely eat it, and make sure there are no screw ends pointing out. A basic playpen frame is even better when it's got lots of toys on it. www.windycityparrot.com is one site where you can buy toy parts rather than complete toys, to let you get really individual and creative with your playpen.
Our boarding facility for exotic birds caters to the natural instincts of our feathered friends, as well as, the needs of our human clients to provide a safe, loving, interacting, and stimulating experience for their feathered family members. Most clients tell us that their birds are so much better behaved after their stay here and seem to look forward to their return trip. We constantly hear our clients refer to us as "BIRD CAMP" and can attest to the content natures of the birds that stay here. Our baby parrots (PLAYBABIES) are hand raised from a young age with care taken from early on to form each Playbaby into a loving, well adjusted and social adult bird. We work close with our clients to insure that the bonding and socializing process continues after their baby leaves Feathered Playpen.