It is important for birds to receive adequate mental stimulation in order to keep from becoming bored, depressed, and destructive. The easiest way to fulfill this need is to supply your pet with plenty of bird-safe toys.
It is not necessary to purchase expensive toys to keep your bird happy!
Because birds need their toys to be changed out frequently, and because many times their toys end up shredded, broken, or otherwise torn apart, it can help to have a few extras on hand. One creative way to provide your bird with fun toys is to make them yourself at home.
Cardboard toys are clean, non-toxic, disposable, and fun – all of which make them wonderful for both birds and owners. Toilet paper rolls, small individual serving cereal boxes, snack size boxes of raisins. The cereal and raisin boxes are also a wonderful treat. Your bird will have the best rime tearing into them and getting the inside treats. Once the box is empty they proceed in shredding the rest of the box up.
Plastic medicine bottles and spice bottles with the lids on are always a favorite. Make sure to clean them well before giving them to your bird. Small plastic oleo tubs with treats hidden inside will amuse your feathered friend for hours.
Try stringing a variety of different size pastas (uncooked) on ropes and hanging them in your birds’ cages. My birds love moving the pieces up and down on the ropes and playing with them. They also enjoy a tasty morsel or two and the pasta is good for them.
Another idea is to take a whole coconut and drain it using a hammer and a nail. Leave the meat right inside the shell but cut it in half, width-wise and drill a hole into each end of the coconut. Wash it thoroughly. String one piece of it with a cotton rope or chain or whatever you have that is birdie safe. Knot one end so the coconut doesn’t slide off. Tie the other end to the top of the cage so it hangs down. Your birds will love eating the coconut out of the shell. Use the other half for another bird, save it in the refrigerator, or cut out the meat and enjoy a snack along with your bird.
For another fun and tasty treat, take a carrot or a beet, with the top (greens) still on, and make a hole close to the thick end. Put a short piece of string through it. Take a carrot peeler and peel down the side of the carrot without removing actually removing the peels. Do this all around the carrot or beet and you will have a carrot mop that your bird will hopefully play with and sample.
Owning birds can be a great deal of fun but they can also be quite costly to keep entertained. Hopefully these little tidbits help you keep your bird happy (and healthy).