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27-04-2009 3:48 PM

    Well again ive been out bying more new toys for geoffrey and beaky my two greys

    it seems to be a compitition who can distroy it first and how quickly lol

    thought it may be good idea for suggestions for home made toys and foot toys that will be safe

    instead of buying the ususual playtoys plus save a little money too.

    also pictures of home made toys and gyms would be good for all members to see for different ideas

    kerry xx

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    27-04-2009 3:59 PM

    A very good idea! and very topical, as I have just ordered Norm some MORE toys.....

    I (well Norm actually) am particularily interested in preening and shredding toys, so any ideas would be great. He loves the spiked pinatas from Northern Parrots, but at £10.99 they are pretty dear.

    It seems to me that as we get our fair share of pluckers/cutters that we could maybe buy these in bulk!

     

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    27-04-2009 5:43 PM
    come on every one
    ideas and pics would be great to try something different, and materials you can use
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    27-04-2009 7:58 PM

    Our 2 CAGs both love shredding paper. I roll up 6 double sheets of newspaper and stuff them inside a toilet roll innard. Wedged in between the bars of their cages provides hours of entertainment.

     

    Another toy I make is using mini cereal boxes (the individual funsize packs), pack them with foraging stuff, favourite nuts, newspaper, shredder 'tape' fed through the box and tied cotton rope knots through holes in the sides. Charlie particularly enjoys unpacking and destroying these, seeing what goodies he can discover. You could even put coconut coarse 'hair' inside to encourage the preeners.

     

    I find that they seem to enjoy home-made toys more than bought ones.

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    27-04-2009 8:19 PM

    That's great Helen. Just what we need.

    Must admit, after lots and lots of money spent at Nothern Parrot and many, many hours worrying about Norm cutting his feathers while I am out , his most fav toy of the moment is a wine box turned on it's side! He chews and scratches like a chicken in it , then happily goes to sleep in it. When I come through the front door, worried to death about him, he staggers out , bleary eyed from his box announcing 'Good Boy'.

    ps 3 weeks and still no feather loss. ....such a clever little bird!

    pps he is left only 2 mornings, for 4 hours max.

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    27-04-2009 8:28 PM
    fantastic idea helen, i shell definetly try that
    lets have some more guys
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    27-04-2009 9:07 PM
    Oh sharon well done with norm and his feathers, thats good! cyds got a thing for fabric at the mo so i keep going through all my old clothes and hang them from the bars on her cage and she happily shreds them to bits and it keeps her amused for hours!!! causes quite abit of mess though!!
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    27-04-2009 10:28 PM

    Sharon, well done with Norm - you must be sooooo proud.

     

    Jade, Joey loves to pick at fabric - I hadn't thought of that one. Tomorrow he'll be getting one of my old teatowels to start on. Thanks!

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    27-04-2009 10:42 PM

    well i tried helens idea toilet roll holder and newspaper gone down a treat look at this lol

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    27-04-2009 10:50 PM

    well here is beaky with helens idea of ripped newspaper in a toilet roll, i stuck it between the bars but as you can see he wanted it for himself, doesnt want to share, i put two monkey nuts inside (roasted for human comsumption, not raw) and he spent about half hour rippng through it all

    great idea helen

     

    come everyone who knows more ideas and tips

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    28-04-2009 12:02 AM

    Charlie'll rip his from the bars if you let him! Glad Beaky's doing so well. He was a real sweetheart when we helped with his relay to his wonderful forever home!

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    28-04-2009 7:43 AM
    have you tried finding your nearest pine tree and getting a load of pine cones off!!? its about the time of year now when the cones start dropping off. give them a good wash and offer them to your birdies? mine get through loads a week and they loooooovvvvveeee them
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    28-04-2009 8:03 AM
    thanks jayne yet another great idea
    keep them coming
    has anyone got any piictures of there birds playing with there home made toys, would be great to see?
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    28-04-2009 10:40 AM
    wow shell that play area looks brill, great idea going
    to the charity shops and looking, guess where most of my time going to be spent lol
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    28-04-2009 6:14 PM

    I get Duplo (large lego) from charity shops or boot sales, takes them a bit longer to chew through it!

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    28-04-2009 6:15 PM
    Hey Shell thats a great birdroom would love some tips and more piccys x
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    30-04-2009 11:06 PM
    As our garage is part of the house we have said that once our business changes at the end of the year, we can turn it into a bird room!!.
    Although parrots can talk, they will never tell you how they are really feeling!.
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    01-05-2009 7:38 AM
    id love to have one room just to use as a play area, im at present making the back of the dining room into a little play gym
    i could do with an extension building
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    08-06-2009 12:50 PM
    I buy young childrens toys at car boot sales for my grey... he has a musical post with different sized flower rings on which he loves playing with, a hammer and saw, a little ball thing and a pull along turtle that he's not too sure of just yet Much cheaper than parrot toys and a little more robust
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    08-06-2009 1:19 PM
    sharon, thats the best excuse ever for having to always have to empty wine boxes lol must remember that one
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