Homemade Toys

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Toys are a great way to help stimulate your bird’s mind and to keep him/her busy.  Even though there is a wide variety of commercially available bird toys out there, many of them could be harmful to your bird. Some people have also learned that their birds dislike these toys and favor something as simple as a bottle cap. These are some of the reasons why I will be trying to make toys which I think are safe and suitable for the birds.

The past few days I have found many sources which have instructions on how to make various types of toys. These are very helpful and can even get me started on making my own. I’ve already made a mini version of a toy named “The Paper Puff” which was originally made by Michelle from The Beak Whisperer. Here is the post she made about it. My version was made with tiny whiffle balls and cut up cupcake papers. Then they were attached with some hemp twine. It was a big hit with the birds. Froot Loop was the first to nibble on one, then the other two started to nibble a bit too. Before I knew it, there were little cupcake paper scraps all over their cage floor, and two scraggly looking Paper Puffs left.

I’ve also made other toys with beads on them, but the birds don’t seem to like beads as much as shredding toys. There are many things out there that I can still experiment with though.

Here are a few things that seem to be popular with budgies:

  • Bells
  • Swings
  • Paper
  • Strings (That they can pull at and nibble on)
  • Beads
  • Other things that make noise

There are also many other materials you can find around your house that can be used to make great toys, such as bottle caps, toilet paper, and egg cartons. All you have to do is make sure they are safe, and be creative!


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