Parrots are bored easily. Store-bought toys can make wonderful additions to your parrot's environment, but the cost over time of constantly replacing and rotating these toys to hold your bird's interest can be prohibitive. Lovebirds, while small, are active little parrots and need just as much stimulation as larger birds to stay healthy. Making your own lovebird toys is a fun and affordable way to keep your bird busy and give your wallet a break.
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Things you need
- Hemp rope
- Leather lace
- Cotton rope
- Natural wood beads
- Plastic beads
- Stainless steel wire
- Wire cutters
Thread a piece of hemp rope or leather lace into one of the wiffle ball's holes and out another. Tie in a firm knot to create a loop for hanging the toy.
Insert another piece of rope or leather through the wiffle ball, leaving a few inches poking out either side.
Thread beads, wooden blocks or pieces of rawhide onto the exposed pieces of rope and knot the ends firmly to hold the beads in place on either side of the wiffle ball. Hang the toy near a perch for your lovebird to bat around and wrestle with.
Tie a large knot in a piece of hemp rope or leather lace.
Thread plastic or wooden beads onto the rope in alternating sizes or patterns, leaving a little space between each bead.
Tie short (3- to 4-inch) strips of hemp rope between each bead. Your lovebird will spend hours carefully unravelling these spacers and sliding the beads up and down on the rope.
Cut a 12-inch piece of stainless steel wire with the wire cutters.
Bend the wire into a circle so that the ends overlap each other by about 1 inch.
Wrap hemp rope in a tight spiral around the entire steel ring, paying special attention to the point where the steel overlaps. Make sure the entire ring is covered by hemp and that there is no slack in the hemp which your bird could become stuck in.
Tie more pieces of hemp or cotton rope to the ring, threading beads or blocks on if desired.
Hang the ring in the cage near a perch for your lovebird to swing on.
Tips and warnings
- Purchase bird-safe materials from an online source or a local craft store. Look for items such as undyed, untreated wood beads, leather strips, hemp rope or nontoxic plastic beads and cotton rope. Vegetable dyes are generally bird-safe as long as the product specifies that there are no added chemicals.
- Always watch your bird carefully with homemade toys to prevent injury and remove any toys that become frayed or damaged.
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