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Old 03-31-2014, 06:43 PM
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Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

I want to make some toys for my cockatiel in my parakeet. I use to make toys for Wylie. Wylie is a large macaw that would chew or break the beads, but she did not eat them. I'm worried about using beads with cockatiel and parakeet. I'm afraid they might swallow them.
Any ideas? They both love the paper I use to wrap treats.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:51 PM
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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

as long as the beads are big enough, it shouldn't be a problem, larger than 1/4"

anything shreddable is ideal, cardboard, thin pieces of *safe* wood.

parakeets and cockatiels love brightly coloured toys, especially ones that dangle.....just make sure they can't get caught up in them.
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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

My keets love bells, anything with a bell hooked on is a big hit with them. Foraging toys are a great idea too. Lunch bags with some treats and shredded paper, Toilet paper tubs wrapped in paper with treats inside. Get the mind working and give them something to do that will exercise their mind.
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Well I've got bells and I've been making paper folds for foraging. I was told maybe there should not be mirrors in their cages but they seem to love them.
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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

The issue people have with mirrors is that they feel a bond will be created with a mirror and they will turn on you, All my smaller birds OTHER than my lovebird have mirrors and they are fine with it.
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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

I don't recommend mirrors. It's not just the human-bird bond, but it's also about their mentality. I mentioned to someone else why I don't like mirrors.

http://www.parrotforums.com/budgies-...tml#post373889


You can get some good ideas of toys for small birds in stores that sell toys for a variety of birds. Beads, craft sticks, bells (clappers may potentially be dangerous), yucca toys, balsa toys, etc may all be great toys for them!

Small bird toys DISCOUNTED
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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

After I got home from running errands today sweetie was crouched in the cage right in front of the mirror and was hissing at me and rather than one to step up. I did make a tree play stand for them. Trish and sweetie seemed to enjoy it.
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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

I'm going to give sweetie one more day with the mirror. If he still very protective and hissing of it I think I might just remove it. I have so many toys that I want to make. Thanks everyone for the awesome links and advice!!!
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Re: Toys for Cockatiels and parakeets

I hope my parakeet cannot mate with a cockatiel. Just a weird question. I know I've seen some really strange mix in dogs.
I don't think it matters cause I begin to think I have two she's.
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