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BIRD TALK’s Food Toys

Learn how to make fun, edible food toys for your bird.

Watch our webisode of Cooking with Bird Talk on how to make Food Toys


Pretzel Kabob Ingredients:

  • Unsalted Pretzel Sticks
  • Berries (blueberries and rasberries)
  • Bananas
  • Squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Cucumber

To make the Pretzel Kabob, you start by taking your unsalted pretzel sticks and sliding your fruits or vegetables midway. Use softer foods so you don’t break your pretzel. For this food toy, we used blueberries, raspberries and a slice of banana to make a fruit Pretzel Kabob. We also made a vegetable Pretzel Kabob, using cooked sweet potato, squash and a cucumber.

Lettuce Wrap Ingredients:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Brown rice
  • Cook Mix
  • Leather strips

The Lettuce Wrap can be made into a hanging toy. Take your bird’s main diet or a cook mix, place it in some romaine lettuce, add some brown rice and then roll it like a burrito. Tie both ends with a leather strap and then place a hanging hook to attach it to your cage. For your larger birds, you can offer it as a food toy!

Apple Head Ingredients:

  • Apple
  • Parsley
  • Blueberries (Or other small fruit for the eyes)
  • Baby carrot
  • Dried corn

Take any apple and remove the core of the apple. Place a parsley or cilantro bunch into the empty area, making hair. Then, cut out parts of the front to create holes where you will place smaller pieces of food. Use small pieces of fruit and veggies to make up the parts of the face.  Place those in the holes and you have an edible apple head for your bird to tear up.

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What is cook mix?
Patricia, Waretown, NJ
Posted: 5/9/2015 12:31:31 PM
My birds love to forage for their foods, especially my conure. He loves to shred boxes to get to his special treats.
Courtney, St.George, KS
Posted: 10/8/2012 10:37:37 AM
lollipop loves apples and carrots, this will be fun, he is 9 and 1/2 years old now and is really starting to get the hang of using his feet to hold food. I am glad to finally find out foods that my cockatiel can safely eat. Thanks for the ideas.
Karin, East Grand Forks, MN
Posted: 12/24/2011 5:28:29 PM
These are fun ideas. My budgies will try almost any new food if I put it on metal skewers because they think it is a toy! Pieces of fruit, vegetables, cheerios, corn on the cob, etc. Use a cork to keep the food on the skewer if needed. Push the looped end of the skewer over a two-ended perch, sit back, and watch the show!
Nancy C, Anchorage, AK
Posted: 7/28/2011 12:32:15 PM
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