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    Homemade Bird Toys

    I am starting to feel creative do to all the recent threads scattered everywhere here in the forum from you guys. I bought the cupcake wrappers, the coffee filters, got the pine cones, but it was very hard to find the various threads when I wanted to follow your ideas.
    Could we maybe add to this thread so it will be easy to find when we are looking for something different and cheap to entertain our birds?

    I'll go first:

    I bought the buckets that hang in the cage, and wrap up foot toys, things like plastic bottle caps, sea shells, pieces of wood, bunny chew toys, small pieces of straws, uncooked funny shaped pasta, peanuts, pieces of broken toys (plastic or wood) and then I throw some almonds in there and plastic paper clips. Talon LOVES to chew the plastic off the paper clips!
    I get them ready the night before work, and put them in their cages when I am going to be gone most of the day. They spend hours playing and unwrapping things.



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    Homemade Bird Toys

    Oh this is going to be a great thread!! I will try and get creative and definately be on here to get some great ideas. Time to put my thinking cap on. :silly:

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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    I use the small butter tubs , make a slit in the bottom . Then run a long piece of plastic chain through three butter tubs ,space them on the chain, then hang in the cage ,they climb up and down the chain getting little treats and toys out of each tub . They also like the lids to the butter tubs , to chew up...

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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    I'm excited about this thread. I'm cheap ( yea I know cheap and greys not mix) But anyway. I have made all of Georges toys. But one that my husband bought. So i'll put those one here with pictures if thats ok

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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    Ok, here's one. The toy in the photo is a store bought toy but easily made and much cheaper. (Sorry it's a bit used )

    Get a box of some bendable straws. The more colorful the better. Get a good sized group of them together and take a plastic zip tie to tighten them up. Before tightening all the way, put a bell with long chain in the center of the straws just below the bendable part and pull the zip tie tightly to secure. Bend the straw tops out to make it look more interesting. <br><br>Post edited by: BaxtersMom, at: 2008/11/11 15:04
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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    This is a great toy , my birds love it , however it is very important to get the tie very tight .I failed the first time and it was all over the bottom of the cage after about 5 min.s ha ha .I ususlly wrap through different sections to reinforce .
    Great suggestion .
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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    I like to see that its a bit used because it shows that he likes the toy.Easy toy to make.How much did you pay for it in the store?

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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    Karma to you Penny for finding away to keep it organized.Are you going to leave this in the African Grey room OR have a Bird Toy Room? Just wondering for like any new people who come in wont know where exactly to place a toy post.

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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    Yep, I could see that if they are not tight they would be everywhere:laugh: I was even thinking about putting a rubber band on them too, then the zip tie. There is always room for improvements and better techniques.

    I think I paid $14.99 or $16.99 for that toy That is whats so bad. It's really hard to pay $15 for straws:unsure:

    This particular toy, my grey & my eclectus showed no interest in at all, but Cooper here ran to when he seen it. I guess it all depends on the bird. I gave Cooper a single straw and he loved it so I pulled this toy back out of the toy box and it was a hit for him. Guess a good way to test if they like it hand them a single straw and see what happens.

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    Re:Homemade Bird Toys

    A good thing to read is:

    The Parrot Enrichment Activity Book. Tpye that in your browser and look it up.Its interesting with toy ideas and much much more.

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