Introduction: K'nex Bird Maze

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I have always wanted to see how smart my birds were
so I got all of my k'nex pieces together and built this maze.

This is an instructable on how to build the maze that I built.
If you don't have enough k'nex pieces or more you should use this
instructable as a guideline to create a maze different than mine

Here is what you need:
-A lot of k'nex
-A lot of time
-A tame and calm bird between the size of a cockatiel and a lovebird if the bird is too big it might get stuck and if it is too small it may slip through the holes in the walls.

!Important! If you are going to build this bird maze and stick your bird in it the bird must be TAME and CALM it must not be scared of being in new places or else it might hurt itself in the bird maze. You also don't want a bird that chews a lot or it may ruin your k'nex and be sure to always supervise your bird whenever you put it in the maze DO NOT LEAVE IT ALONE IN THE MAZE!!!

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First things first I didn't have enough pieces to complete this bird maze so I had to substitute some pieces for others if you look at the pieces in the picture below.

Step 2:

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What you will need next is walls there are many variations of walls you can make the picture below will show just a few but I have used others not shown in the picture. Also remember if you come up with a new variation of your own make sure that the bird will not be able th escape or get its head stuck in the holes and spaces in the wall.
The picture below shows my most commonly used variations.(From left to right my favorite varations to lest favorite)

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Now lets get to work on building the bird maze!!!
First make the trap door and the false walls.
!Inportant! You must not substitute any of the pieces for the trap door or the false walls!

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Now make another trap door. Also you cannot substitute any pieces for this.
Look at all of the pictures on this step for instructions on how to make the trap door.

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Now lets make the base of the bird maze. !Important! The positions of the blue/purple 3D connecters is important because if they are off then you will not be able to put the walls in the correct places.
Follow the pictures so that you know what you are doing.
(I have substituted some pieces)

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OK now we will be working on the first floor.
Remember to make sure that you have all of the blue/purple 3D pieces in the correct positions.
Again follow the pictures so that you know what you are doing.
(I have substituted some pieces)

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Now we will work on the second floor of the bird maze.
Again remember to make sure that all of the blue/purple connecters are in the correct positions as shown in the pictures and also follow the pictures so that you know what you are doing.
(Also I have substituted pieces)

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Now we will work on the final floors of the bird maze which I call the bird tower. Don't worry you are almost done with the bird maze.
Again need I remind you follow the pictures so that you don't get lost,also make sure that the 3D connecters are in the exact same position as shown in the picture.
(Again I substituted some pieces)

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This step will show you how to use the bird maze.
Now remember the bird must be tame and calm or else it may get hurt. It also can't be a chewer or else it may ruin your k'nex.
The bird must be between the size of a cockatiel and a lovebird
or else it may get its head stuch in the holes or stuck in the path. Make sure you can easily remove walls if your bird gets itself in trouble, needs a quick escape or you just want your bird back. Oh yeah, and always supervise your bird when it is in the bird maze and NEVER LEAVE IT ALONE IN THE BIRD MAZE!!!!!!


the inventor (author)2010-09-10

Just wondering what type of bird is that? i really want a pet bird that will let me handle it as i have had pet birds before but they were not the handling kind. thanks

It's called a cockatiel. By bird that's not the handling type I would assume you had some kind of finch...? Anyways to anyone who wants a pet bird for handling I would recommend cockatiels or conures seeing as they can be more docile than most other species I have owned. However conures can loud at times and are somewhat pricey - like $150 - $350 (Double that if you buy from a pet store) whereas I've seen cockatiels as low as $30 - $50.
But it should also be noted that In my experience cockatiels tend to spook fairly easily depending on the circumstances.

rybubbles (author)2009-10-13

nice job!!! my bird loves it..... he technicly lives in it.. he wont come out

182515 (author)rybubbles2010-02-01

That msut stink loosing all that knex to the bird :-)

rojo.balloon (author)1825152011-07-22

its worth it. :)

slithien (author)rybubbles2010-06-04


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eulaliaaaa! (author)2011-05-26

Very clever! Good job!

Tom Buckey (author)2010-12-12

Can you do a v2?

Tom Buckey (author)2010-12-12

Love it!

irish death1 (author)2010-08-06

Lol i love the youtube video! I used to have a bird who would knock over toy soldiers. i loved that little guy :'(

the_burrito_master (author)2008-12-12

oH my gosh that's so cool I have parakeets that are virtually scared of every thing. except knex they play on my knex roller coasters. I'm gonne try this

lol i have a cockatil and she isnt scared of anything except knex

Lol, they play on the roller coasters!?!? Make a video!

here's a pic of them. usually they just sit there but some times one of them will start showing off and fly over some where else and then come back to the supports and go back to where he was.

You should post that rollercoaster and have the first knex roller coaster instructable ever. ps. It's really cool looking and nice birds.

that roller coaster uses all my pieces and I have the leading 3 amount of pieces on the sight! knex roller coasters aren't like ball machines you can't just build them like you can a ball machine they require the cross ties and the tubing and lots of flexie rods. not one person on this sight would have enough to make a good coaster. train man maybe but I don't know how much he has.

really? how many?

i have 6 screamin' serpent sets and lots of other stuff a rippin rocket.

Oh and this is the proof of my knex, which actually weighs about 105 pounds.

I have 70 pounds (not including the following) 3 screaming serpants, 2 rippin rockets, 1 big air, and some 5-10 pounds of etc.

trainman only has one screaming serpent and an original rollercoaster

is that the one your brother was talking about?

probs fire dive"? it's in my room I'm going to put it out in the snow and cover it in snow with tunnels and volcanos that are erupting.

You have snow? I don't even have any snow on the ground. Tonight there's supposed to be a flurry so i'm hopeing it'll be really big so I can have a delayed opening

that was a post from last year lol. yeah at the moment I have almost 2 ft of the stuff and I have a huge snow fort built!


Holy cow that rollercoaster is huge.

Did you see the final video?

how on earth could they not be afraid of knex??? LoL Very nice,

they just aren't i got them used to it.

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Tom Buckey (author)2009-02-13

im gonna make one of these and go out and buy a bird i love this 5*

the_burrito_master (author)2008-12-26

I used your idea and built one for my parakeets it uses blue rods as a base since they're smaller.and my bird went through 1 time but he doesn't like the fake walls I think that's why he wont do it any more.

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)2008-12-16

Kewl idea! cute video man!

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-12-14

This is great! I made a smaller one (Blue rod sized boxes) with my freind for his budgie. Its awesome! Its not todally done, but i'll get a pic when it is.

s0lekill3r (author)2008-12-13

That's awesome. I have a guinea pig and I'm gonna try and make a maze for her.

I_am_Canadian (author)s0lekill3r2008-12-13

Guinea pigs! You seen my trap for them?

s0lekill3r (author)I_am_Canadian2008-12-13

Yeah I did, it's cool. The only problem that I'm having with my guinea pig is that she is a little overweight and she's not too active.

I_am_Canadian (author)s0lekill3r2008-12-14

Sounds a lot like mine, except she's a lot overweight

s0lekill3r (author)I_am_Canadian2008-12-14

Yeah. Is there such a thing as a guinea pig diet? Mine needs it lol.

I_am_Canadian (author)s0lekill3r2008-12-14

Probably, I dont know of any though...

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-12-14

Did you see the trap? Its not cruel at all!

s0lekill3r (author)I_am_Canadian2008-12-14

Agreed. It's not so much a trap as it is a completely humane capturing device.

I_am_Canadian (author)s0lekill3r2008-12-14

I liked it... my guinea pig actually liked it due to the fact that she got a carrot.

the_burrito_master (author)2008-12-14

no I they really have only been there during construction. and I think they would die if they did.

Flumpkins (author)2008-12-14

Cool! I'm not a giant fan of K'nex, but I think this should get featured

arrow shot (author)2008-12-13

umm it would seem cruel to put a bird in a knex cage... unless its for the price of comedy :D

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-12-13

AWW!!! This is just brilliant. 5 stars.

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