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Monday, February 23, 2009
The Toy

By Caitlyn
Follow in the adventures of Flip, Rabbit and Caitlyn in the Fledgling Blog.

The Bird Toy pieces
Photos courtesy of Caitlyn.
10 steps and your bird will be enjoying its new toy in no time.
The Bird Toy complete
The Toy in its completed form.

Here’s another bird toy for you to make for your bird. I call this toy “The Toy” — I know, not very creative, but it’s really easy! Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Some straws
  2. Cotton swabs
  3. Nuts
  4. Pellets
  5. A clean empty water bottle
  6. Jute string
  7. Scissors
  8. A parent or guardian

Step 1 —Make sure the water bottle is completely dry.

Step 2 — Lay all items out so they are in groups.

Step 3 — Take out your bird.

Step 3 — Let your bird search around and choose which of the things it likes.

Step 4 — As your bird picks up an item, let him fool around with it. If he really starts to enjoy it, put that item in the bottle.

Step 5 — After your bird has gone through all the groups, ask a grown-up to cut a hole on each side of the bottom of the bottle. Make sure the edges aren’t jagged! Make sure the holes are just about equal to each other in size and are opposite each other.

Step 6 — Put the string through the holes and tie a knot so it can hang.

Step 7 — Hang your bird’s new bell in your bird’s cage.
If you have a bigger bird or one that really likes foot toys, then don’t cut the holes or put the string in.  Just put it in your bird’s cage.

Step 8 — See how long it takes your bird to figure out where the toys are or toy is.

Step 9 — E-mail me and tell me how your bird likes it. Tell me your bird’s name, species and how much he likes it on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 loving it and 1 hating it. I’ll let you know what the results are in one of my next articles.

Step 10 — Have fun watching your bird enjoy the new toy!!!

Check back next month for another brand new, easy-to-make toy!

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We do this all the time! I never throw out a water bottle with out letting our cockatoo, Paco, destroy them. I always put some raisins (his favorite treat!), beads, shredded paper, birdie bagels, sticks, and other toys, and let him break it open to get to the treats. He loves this quick, easy toy.
Chantel, Palm Beach, FL
Posted: 5/15/2011 12:02:49 PM
Wow this is very creative. I would have never though of doin that lol plus u get thumbs up for not throwing away plastic bottles.
Jose, Atlantic City, NJ
Posted: 9/30/2009 3:00:09 AM
great idea thanks!
stephanie, north smithfield, RI
Posted: 3/12/2009 2:21:36 PM
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