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Last Post 25-09-2012 11:09 AM by  Helen W
Make Your Own - Parrot Pinatas
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05-08-2012 8:40 AM

    I have for a while now, been making my own parrot pinatas for Jasper and a few friends and they have gone down rather well.  I'll not take credit for the idea as I got it from a site called Pine 4 Parrots, but thought I would share it with you as I think they make brill toys.  It's like when you used to make paper mache at school, but this is the parrot safe version.  

    What you need:

    1. Balloons - as many as you want to make - just blow them up as much or as little as you need depending on the size of birds you have.
    2. Flour - plain, self-raising - I dont think it matters, I just use what I have in
    3. Water
    4. Unbleached paper - you can buy this from your local chippy - cut into squares
    5. String to tie onto the balloons so you can hang them to dry

    How to Make:

    Simply mix, 1 part water, to 2 parts flour (not the other way round, like I did once lol) - mix it until it resembles the consistency of glue, but it needs to runny, not thick like paste.  Add extra water or flour as necessary and mix well so remove lumps.

    Ok you will get messy, but its all good fun, all you need to do is place the cut paper into the mixture and then place onto the balloon and keep repeating until you have covered the balloon, with 1 layer.  Then hang it up to dry overnight.  Repeat the process until you have a minimum of three layers but can add more if you wish to make it tougher.  I usually do three layers and add a tissue paper on the top to make it look nicer but this is personal preference.  I find it takes me 3-4 days to complete as I do one layer a day but make around 6-8 at a time.  

    Once they are finished, pop the balloon and remove from the pinata.  I then add holes in them and stuff them with shredded newspaper, walnut halves, wooden discs, foot toys, cardboard (if they will fit), etc, etc.  I usually leave a treat stuffed partway in so Jasper can see it and thus encourages him to investigate.

    I usually find once Jasper is interested it is demolished pretty much in 1-2 days .  I have one of those buffet ball cage mounts that I use to put the pinatas on, as I find that works best for me, but I'm sure they can be just as easily hung up.

    Here are some pics just in case I have made no sense - but I thought I would share as I find it a cheap toy to make and can be quite fun for inquisitive birds and those that like to chew  .

    Drying after the first layer

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    Once finished with a tissue paper top layer

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    A finished one in Jaspers cage on a buffet ball mount

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    Not great pictures, but hopefully it gives you an idea - and if you've got kids, it'll give them something to do on a rainy day and the birdies get a toy lol 

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    05-08-2012 12:29 PM
    That's brilliant, I'll give that a go.
    Thank you for sharing

    Julie
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    05-08-2012 2:35 PM
    Fantastic Jenny. Think I will have a go at these! How is Jasper????
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    06-08-2012 1:48 PM

    You're welcome, have fun making them 

    Sharon, "How's Jasper??"  hmmm where do I begin ??  Well to cut a long story short, I have had the worst few months I thought possible with him - got a nice scar on my finger from a nasty bite and other sores, which resulted in Jasper having his longest holiday ever - turned into the devil he did.  

    Shaz being the superstar she is took Jasper for his hols and he was pretty much a little angel and he was on his best behaviour when I went to pick him up 3 weeks later.  2 days back at home and he turned devil on me again, so poor Shaz not only holidayed Jasper for another weekend, but agreed put up with me as well.  No surprises Jasper was as good as gold at Shaz's and didnt even attempt to bite me but once back at home he turns again (talk about Jekyll and Hyde).  

    Anyway I know Shaz works wonders on Greys but it's done me the world of good too (now I've had some sound advice) - I'm actually embracing the challenge and although I'm sporting a new plaster and 5-6 bruises I'm in good spirits and am building up my confidence with Jasper which I had completely lost when he really went for me.  Not that I haven't said it already, but I owe Shaz a mega big thank you!!!  Back on the right road (for now, jinxed it now, tomorrow I'll have a new scar lol).

    How is Norm and the rest of the flock?


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    06-08-2012 7:51 PM
    You tell Jasper he's a bad boy! He could not want for a better mum and look how he's treating you! But seriously, with Shaz's help and your own determination I am sure you will get there. They can be little b*****s when they get one on them!

    Our lot are fine thanks. Norm goes from strength to strength. He managed to fly the whole length of our garden last week so have actually had to clip him! Was a bit worried how he would take to it but I have only clipped two flight - just enough to take the wind out his sails (he is a weak flyer) and it has done the trick We are a closed flock for the summer due to show testing but dare say we will have a a new lodger very soon!

    Am going to get some balloons today and have a go at the pinatas. Do keep us posted on Jas

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    07-08-2012 1:27 PM
    Lol, I told him Sharon and he blew a raspberry at me!! - At the mo, I'm being chewed to shreds (thinks he a bit hormonal and he's moulting - I hope).

    Great to hear the flock are ok and about Norm, he has come on so much in your care, I love reading his postcards (hint hint lol). I keep debating about taking Jasper outside, but even clipped he can fly extremely well, that should he get spooked I can just see him taking off, so I daren't. A new lodger hey, you'll have to let us know all about him/her if you get them and if you're allowed.

    Have fun with the pinatas and you will have to post some pics when they're finished - hope the flock enjoy them
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    10-08-2012 7:25 AM
    Haha was just looking at your pictures and it looks like you are a very entertaining mummy....tea boxes,toothbrushes the lot!!Brilliant!!
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    10-08-2012 7:58 AM
    I have just made some of these. Waiting for them to dry so I can see how my 'too reacts... Great idea and very cheap to make! Cheers for the idea...
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    10-08-2012 2:30 PM
    Its a brill idea, thank you so much!!
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    11-08-2012 8:33 AM

    You're all very welcome , it wasnt my idea though (so I cant take credit for that lol).  I hope the birdies like them - I found it took Jasper weeks before he tried the very first one I made, but then he is a Grey and they are renowned for not liking new things lol.  Would be great to hear what they think of them and possibly some pics??  

    LOL Belinda, thats the beauty of only having the one, I have heaps of time to entertain him, though I have relaxed it a little now because I was 'smoothering' him with too much attention causing a few problems.  I find a lot of the toys he likes to play with when out of his cage are the dog toys (the one's you can pull smaller toys from a bigger one).  

    Well, I shall look forward to hearing what they thought of them 

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    11-08-2012 11:24 AM
    I offered my 'too my first effort and placed it at the bottom of his cage and he has spent the day either ignoring it or giving it a hard stare! He often takes time to accept new things in his cage as well. He is sooo food orientated I have "glued" some sunflower seeds to the outside and put an almond in its shell in the inside.I'm sure once he realises food is involved there will be no stopping him!
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    30-08-2012 2:52 AM
    Being a "working Mum" to my bird I always look for cheats and short cuts for everything! On my second go at making these pinatas I coloured the flour and water with some food colouring to make them coloured. It works just as well and is a bit easier than tissue paper that always falls apart on me!
    And yes,once he discovered the food inside he was away and loves them. I now also use this method to hide allsorts of things in all sorts of containers- the paper mache adds another element and takes him that bit longer to get inside to the treat.
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    01-09-2012 1:42 PM
    Laura, that's a brill tip, I don't have a lot of common sense and never even thought about using food colouring and will definately be giving it a go, sounds much easier than fiddling about with tissue paper. If you can, it would be great to see some pictures
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    02-09-2012 1:10 AM
    I have also just pushed 2 almonds in their shells into a whicker ball and paper mached(sp??) the whole thing so it should be a real challenge to get into!! He is a bird that needs entertaining and destroys or ignores all toys, so cheap or free homemade ones are the order of the day. He likes ones he can chew that also involve food!I have just put a big thick silverbirch branch (thanks Lesley) in his cage that has small branches comming off it and will stab various things onto these branches. The theory is there to keep him busy-now I just need Franks co operation and enjoyment...
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    02-09-2012 7:47 AM
    ah Laura, how is Frank? Haven't seen you guys for ages!! Hope you, the flock, including humans and furries are all well!
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    02-09-2012 12:20 PM
    Yeah-missed you at the shows, I think we are doing opposite shifts!! Frank has been de moted and hasn't done shows this year. He is a naughty young man with few manners and a sharp overactive beak....
    Archie has terminal heart problems and hasn't done any shows either
    Mel keeps me busy rehoming now. I got my yellow bag back-thanks!!
    How are you and yours?
    My humans are all Ok. Michael did really well in his GCSE's.
    I will give a ring some quiet evening...
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    25-09-2012 5:45 AM
    hi, can i use newspaper strips instead, or is the print a no no? Sallyann
    red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue - i can see a parrot, a pretty parrot and a cockatoo!
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    25-09-2012 10:12 AM
    I've used newspaper strips when making mine, my lot enjoy shredding newspaper.

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    25-09-2012 11:09 AM
    Our boys love shredding newspaper. I'm not such a devoted mummy as Jenny though, I just roll up newspaper and stuff it into toilet roll inner and then stuff it between the bars or cable tie it to the playstand.
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