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Old 01-06-2019, 11:35 AM
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Foraging ideas for Lovies and Budgies?

I've been watching YouTube videos on ways to create foraging toys for small birds. There are a few solid ideas, but I'd love to hear what you do for your Lovies to encourage them to forage.

Ideas I have so far:

1. put treats in paper cups and mash them closed. Then place in bowl where food is usually obtained and/or hang from untreated leather strings in or outside of their cages.

2. buy plastic and/or stainless steel toys specifically made for foraging (for small birds) online. This is certainly the easiest option, but not quite as fun as watching them tear into something hand-made.

3. put a paper plate upside-down over a right-side-up paper plate. Cut holes in the top plate and allow them to chew through the holes to get to the treats. I'll have to tie the plates together with leather string.

4. put untreated wooden beads in their food bowls along with their pellets and cover the food with the beads so that they rummage through them to eat.

I've realized how much work I need to do with my girls to ensure their happiness. Every day I feel I learn something new that is relevant to their health and welfare.

Since I cannot cuddle my girls (or my Budgies), I must be content with watching them enjoy life in their dedicated room of my house. They come out everyday for 10-15 minutes at a time while I clean and feed them. They fly around the room while out. They get a healthy diet even though they turn their beaks up at chop. And they have a rotation of new and used toys in their flight cages that occupy a majority of their time. I think they're happy, but I know I lack experience in creating obstacles/puzzles for foraging so that's why I've come to you to ask for more ideas. Please share!
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Re: Foraging ideas for Lovies and Budgies?

Great ideas! I cut brown paper bags in long fringe like grass skirts. Hang from the ceiling like a forest of fringe, with perches in the fringe. Lots of fun for budgies on up to the big guys, and easy and cheap!
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Re: Foraging ideas for Lovies and Budgies?

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Great ideas! I cut brown paper bags in long fringe like grass skirts. Hang from the ceiling like a forest of fringe, with perches in the fringe. Lots of fun for budgies on up to the big guys, and easy and cheap!
I love that idea! I'm going to give it a try!

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