how to make bird toys

DIY Toys for Parakeets and Other Small Birds

A problem that many bird owners deal with is the problem of supplying sufficient toys for their precocious pets. While many great bird toys can be found online and in pet stores, paying list prices for toys can get expensive – particularly if your bird is a heavy chewer and damages his toys very quickly. To assist cut the expense of providing toys for your pet, check out these typical family products that you can turn into low-cost bird toys. It will assist keep playtime fun, and virtually complimentary! Include these products into a bird toy by tying them with hemp twine, or drilling a hole and using plastic chain or fast links to attach to a toy that requires some fixing up and you have actually saved yourself some money.

Wooden Spools

Wooden Spools
Wooden Spools for parakeets

Wood spools (with the thread got rid of, obviously) make safe and fun playthings for birds of all sizes. Some owners use spools as foot toys that their birds can play with while out of their cages, and some string spindles of cotton twine or veggie tanned leather to hang on their pets’ cage bars. If you are feeling extra innovative, you can place a wooden spool in a dish of food color to add a splash of color. As they have the place for a sewing machine spindle already built in, these are a few of the easiest toys to string up. Just thread a plastic chain or some plastic rope through the middle and incorporate into your toy.

Paper

Paper
Paper as a toy

Paper may look like a dull option for a bird toy, but numerous birds more than happy to shred the day away with a wonderful paper toy. Utilizing plain paper without any dyes on it, you can cut shapes for your bird to shred, weave paper strips in and out of your bird’s cage bars, or simply fold it into a ball and let your pet play away! If your bird seems uncreative, you can constantly dip paper into colored food dye and let it dry to make your creations more interesting.

Buttons

Buttons for parakeets
Buttons for parakeets

Birds can have a ball playing with plastic buttons. They can be strung on a rope to produce hanging toys, but I like to utilize them as foot dabble my birds. They will select them up, roll them around, throw them in the air and chew on them. Due to the fact that buttons can be very thin, you must always monitor your pet when playing with them. Birds that are strong chewers could choke if they bit off a little piece of the button, so make sure to change the button if you notice them becoming used or rough. It constantly pays to examine both foot toys and hanging toys to ensure there are no sharp edges or smidgens of the toy that they could ingest.

Popsicle Sticks

Popsicle Sticks
Another toy for small birds

My birds are never happier than they are when they’ve got a popsicle stay with chew on. More than simply an excellent toy, popsicle sticks can be a fantastic way to get your pet to exercise his or her beak and jaw muscles. Make certain that any popsicle sticks that you offer your bird have actually been cleaned up and enabled to dry, and keep in mind to eliminate any sticks that look used or have broken ends – birds can get splinters, too! These can be bought wholesale at craft shops as well as dollar stores. They are very low-cost, and your bird can discover great deals of things to do with them. They seem to require to them immediately.

Homemade Foraging Toys

Toy that parakeet can eat safely
Toy that parakeet can eat safely

Wrap a reward or a toy in raffia mat and hang it in the cage. You can utilize the leaves from safe plants or pine cones, small boxes like tablet boxes and lots of other home items are suitable.

Like toddlers with Christmas gifts, parrots typically prefer the covering to the toy or treat inside.

Balsa wood foraging toys are sold and are costly however parrots enjoy prising a nut out of the soft wood. You can sometimes buy balsa wood in a craft store.

Homemade Swings

Swings
Swings to keep your bird happy

A broom manage will offer at least 2 swings. Use rope, chain or plastic chain from the hardware shop.

Tyres with the inner tube eliminated make splendid aviary swings. Birds love swinging. Wild birds swing in the trees and this behaviour is a natural one for our parrots.

Molted Feathers

Molted Feathers
Molted Feathers as toys

Among the best things for a bird to have fun with comes free with your pet – molted plumes! Wild birds practice their natural preening habits on other members of their flock daily, so it’s no surprise that preening toys make up a significant piece of the bird toy industry. Make your own by conserving a few of your bird’s molted plumes and tying them together at the end with a piece of cotton twine. Hang the toy in your bird’s cage to offer him with a “friend” to preen and groom. He’ll appreciate your efforts!

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