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Bird Toy Ideas

Try some of these homemade fun ideas

By Nikki Moustaki

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Use a household item to keep your bird entertained.
Courtesy Cheryl Ross, Arizona

There are some amazing toys on the market, and the more elaborate types will cost you a pretty penny. If your wallet isn’t as big as your bird’s desire to play, there are a ton of household items you can use to keep your bird entertained.

  • Drill a hole in a phone book and hang it on the side of the cage using sisal twine. The ink is safe, though a little dirty.
  • Cut up a cardboard box into various shapes, poke a hole in the center of each piece, and then string them onto a piece of twine, and tie it to the cage. Be careful that the twine you use doesn’t become a noose.
  • Use a small plastic food container as a daily toy box, and fill it with plastic straws, unsalted unbuttered popcorn, popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, and plastic toys and beads. You can get a lot of great hard plastic toys at thrift shops. To make the daily filling of the toy box easy, keep a cookie jar on your kitchen counter that’s relegated to little baubles for your bird, and fill it up as you come across things that are bird-safe and fun to play with.


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I enjoyed this article my umbrella cockatoo loves to play with empty plastic water bottles they make a funny crunching noise and they last awhile because he can't get his beak around it at first.
helena, fairview hgts, IL
Posted: 6/8/2013 9:01:16 PM
Great ideas, i hope my tiel will like the toy i made for him.I love your articles about toys,toys are so expensive. I like your idea about plastic straws,i use Popsicle sticks.I used to give him a plastic spoon, but i forgot about that.Thank you for reminding me,he loved it.Thank you, BirdTalk!
Valerie, paradise valley, AZ
Posted: 7/2/2011 8:27:07 PM
More about Petey, over the years he's made dozens of these clickers, as soon as I give him a new, clean lid he immediately goes to work on it and has a new clicker in 10 minutes. He also loves when I come across a little cardboard box, I put a peanut in it and close the lid. Sometimes those last a couple days, he enjoys just tossing it around listening to it rattle. Cardboard toilet paper tubes & plastic caps or lids keep him busy for a few minutes also. He's become the sweetest little 'Too in the world since I rescued him 4 years ago. If you know Toos that's saying something!
Terry, Santa Clara, CA
Posted: 11/5/2010 12:31:52 PM
I have a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo named Petey who loves playing with the metal lids from frozen orange juice cans.There are no sharp edges and he has never hurt himself or his beak on them, but he somehow dents around the edges until he makes it into a "clicker toy" then sits and clicks contently for hours. He's clearly very proud of himself for making his own toys. He also knows how to remove the door on his cage. (too smart)
Terry, Santa Clara, CA
Posted: 11/5/2010 12:12:00 PM
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