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Make Your Own Foraging Bird Toys

Make Your Own Foraging Bird Toys

Make Your Own Bird Toys | Bird Toy Parts

Zoo and animal enrichment professionals attest that foraging and enriching bird toys satisfy innate foraging needs of parrots.  Creative and smart, parrots love a challenge. Foraging bird toys provide that mentally stimulating challenges and exercise. Use our bird toy making parts to make some bird toys especially with your parrot in mind.  Here are some ideas of bird toy part combinations:

Garden Glove Bird Toy:

Sized for Medium Parrots

Bird Toy Parts:

  1. Garden Glove
  2. Assorted Wood Beads, Plastic bird toy parts, Mini Vine Balls, dried fruits, nuts,
  3. Leather Strips
  4. Sisal Rope
  5. Crinkled Paper

Assembly Instructions:

  1. Fill glove 1/3 full with appropriately sized beads, bird toy parts and bird treats.  Close the top and shake well to distribute bird toy parts among the finger holes.
  2. Tie each finger shut with leather strips.
  3. Loosely sew large buttons in middle of the hand portion of the glove.
  4. Mix a small handful of Crinkled Paper with dried fruits and nuts and fill the glove full.
  5. There are a couple of ways that you can attach this bird toy to the cage.  You can sew a 1" ring to the back of the glove and attach with a quick link or you can tie the glove to the side of your bird cage.

Gatorade Bottle Toy

Sized for Medium Parrots

Bird Toy Parts:

  1. Clean, empty Gatorade Bottle (or other wide mouth plastic bottle)
  2. Assorted foot sized bird toy parts for filler i.e. Wood Beads, plastic beads, Mini Vine Balls, Seagrass Strips, Paper Fingers, Mini Grass Bundles, etc.
  3. Cordage: Leather Strips or Sisal Rope
  4. 2 - Wood Slats

Assembly Instructions:

  1. Using a drill bit a little larger than the thickness of your leather strips, drill one hole in the bottle cap. Drill two holes under the neck of the bottle, and one in the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Attach wood slats to make "buttons" for attaching finished bird toy to the cage. Poke an 18" + length of Leather Strip through the bottom of the bottle and out the mouth of the bottle.  Tie a knot in the leather strip and pull the knot back into the bottom of the bottle.  Poke the other end of the same rope through a medium sized bead and knot it.   Repeat this using the other bead and one of the two holes at the neck of the bottle.
  3. Attach the bottle cap.  Using the remaining hole at the neck of the bottle, attach the cap as you did the buttons.
  4. Load with "filler" and Crinkled Paper.  Stuff strips of paper towel (as filler) along with the string of treats into the bottle, leaving one end of the string at the mouth of the bottle, where the bird can get at it.
  5. Hang the bottle on the side of your bird cage.  "Button" the wooden slats through the cage bars on the side or top of the cage.

 

Plumbing Connector Toy

Sized for Medium to Large Parrots

Bird Toy Parts:

  1. PVC connector found in the hardware plumbing department - One each male and female (top and bottom)
  2. Stainless Steel Eyebolt with nut.
  3. Stainless steel or nickel plated chain to hang the finished bird toy.
  4. Quicklinks.

Assembly Instructions:

Drill a hole in the female PVC Connector and attach the eyebolt with nut. The eyebolt end will be on the outside. Attach the chain to the eyebolt. Drill 1" holes in the sides of the male part of the connector (bottom) to encourage your bird to forage for bird treats. Fill with dry bird treats, shelled nuts and preening material.

Vine Ball Toy

Sized for Medium Parrots

Bird Toy Parts:

Assembly Instructions:

Get the Enriching Your Parrot's Life DVD for even more ideas on how to make foraging bird toys.

 
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