So, as a bird owner, you want your pet to have the best of everything, but that can get expensive!
Between having to be careful about the ingredients in store-bought treats and worrying about what materials the bird toys themselves are made out of, you have a lot of things on your mind when looking for the perfect toy for your bird!
Well, why not make your own bird foraging toys, DIY? Take the guesswork out of buying, save money and your peace of mind! It's really not difficult to do and takes very little time.
Here are 5 Bird Foraging Toys DIY that you can make at home on any budget:
Do you remember using these toys as a child?
To make this toy you're going to have to buy a package of these Finger Traps, which are not at all expensive at all.
You can either put dried fruit or nuts directly into the trap and wrap the trap in some kind of bird-safe paper, for an added challenge. Then, using safe, simple raffia, hang it inside your bird's home for a cheap bird foraging toy DIY.
This one is especially good for smaller birds that might have trouble getting through thicker cardboard.
Who doesn't have coffee filters?
And, even if you don't, they really aren't that expensive and you can pick them up at any grocery store in your area. Look for the unbleached ones.
This idea is similar to the finger trap. Roll your bird's dried food, fruit or nuts up in the coffee filter and, using raffia, hang it from the cage for your birds to pick at.
They'll enjoy this one a lot! Also, for another coffee filter toy, try stacking coffee filters atop one another, place a bit of dried food between each layer and let your bird investigate each layer to get to the food inside. Sort of like a coffee filter pine cone!
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Munchkin Brand Dishwasher Baskets are generally used for safe, easy cleaning of baby/toddler accessories (pacifiers, cup tops, etc), but you can use one for your birds!
Again, not an expensive addition and easily found in stores or online, so you should have no problem making this bird toy either.
What you're going to do is tie the dishwasher basket to the sides of the birdcage with plastic zip ties. Once it is tightly secured you can add fruits or veggies inside of it!
Try putting in things like carrots, celery (remove stringy bits), and kale that will stick up through the top or down through the bottom.
Alternatively, you could add more stability to the basket by buying a simple cage addition shelf to give you a stable base. Choose leafy greens, crunchy red and orange vegetables, and nuts in shell if your bird can lift the lid.
Remember to remove veggies after a few hours and wash the container.
Easy one here!
Just stab some fruit with a stainless-steel skewer, thread it through and hang it in the cage for your birds to pick at.
They'd be eating hanging fruit if they were in the wild and they can do it at home too! Once again, remove fresh food products after a few hours to keep those pesky bacteria at bay.
You can use kale, spinach or lettuce here.
You're going to put a bit of food in the middle of the wrapper, tie off the ends of the wrapper and there you go. It's going to look like a burrito, but for your bird.
Now that you have 5 easy bird foraging toy ideas to occupy your time keep in mind you can expand on them too however you'd like. You can talk to other bird owners to find out what kinds of toys they like for their birds and to find more ideas (we have a great Facebook Group for bird lovers just like you, come join us here). These are super easy, very inexpensive, and take almost no time to create. Your birds will appreciate their toys whether they cost a bundle or nothing at all!
There are some things you need to be aware of when making toys for your bird and here are some issues to keep in mind:
Have fun making your bird foraging toys and be safe!
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