Review: The Wingdow Stand
April 21, 2011 § 4 Comments
The Wingdow Company is best known for its famous Wingdow Perch, which is a special perching unit with suction cups made to stick to any window, allowing parrots to look outside and observe the world around them. What many people do not know, however, is that this company also makes beautiful stands that are incredibly well-made– from 100% American-made stainless steel (two big selling points for me)– and very aesthetically pleasing. They have several different options– simple T-stands to more elaborate gyms. I chose a simple T-stand but wit a C-configuration toy hanger– something simple, streamlined, and easy to move from room to room. Its main function is so that Lola can hang out with me when we’re not in the bird room, but rather in the kitchen or living room, and can be engaged and entertained without having to be on my lap or arm. It is perfect for the job. Without further ado, here it is!
That’s the entire stand. It is highly customizable– you can pick the height, or pick an adjustable height unit; you can pick the color and pattern of the glass blocks that make up the stand; you can pick the configuration of the toy hanger (C, J, O, simple T), you can pick the type of wood for the perch, and you can even pick stainless or plastic for the tray. I love that they really thought of all the details and kept safety in mind. Not only is it 100% stainless steel and manufactured in the USA, but the toy hanger up top is also fully welded for safety.
That’s Lola on it when it first arrived! Mother Pluckin’ Bird Toys was nice enough to make us a shortened boing to fit the space perfectly. I usually keep the boing on there, but because Lola loves the stand so much, I also like to use it to warm her up to new toys. The reason is two-fold: first, I don’t want to startle or scare her by simple shoving foreign objects in the cage, so putting it on the stand is perfect because it is in her line of vision but not in a threatening location (inside or on the cage); second, it is on one of her favorite landing spots in the room, AND there are treat cups right by it, so when she is out of her cage she is often persuaded to fly over to the new toy by herself and explore– it happens completely of her own volition. Here’s a perfect example of how she was first acquainted with her PPBN Snuggly Swing:
I simply placed the swing on the stand, opened up her cage door, and let her do her usual routine (hanging out on the atom, the crawler, the top of the cage), then she finally mustered up the courage to fly over to her stand and check out the swing. It quickly became one of her favorite toys ever and went right in the cage with no problems!
In short… this is a wonderful, furniture-quality stand that I highly recommend. It is NOT a climbing gym– and should not be bought to replace or to act in the place of one (although the company DOES make gyms as well). But if you are looking for a simple T-stand that is portable, durable, aesthetically pleasing, stainless steel, and American-made, this is the stand for you! They are certainly pricey but I think that for the quality and construction, they are well worth it. Email the company for more information.
[This entry has been imported, with some edits, from my previous blog.]