Introduction: Toy for Caged Birds

I invented this little toy for my two cockateils so they would stop pulling eachothers feathers out. they love ripping it apart and eating the food inside. it keeps them entertained for hours and has reduced their bullying. it also stops them from screaming when i try to watch tv.

to make this you need:
bird seed,
a funnel,
a tall glass,
A4 paper,
a non toxic glue stick,
coconut hair(optional)and
your birds favourite treat.

Step 1: Glue the Paper

put a line of glue down one of the long edges.
not too much, just enough for it to stick.

Step 2: Roll It

roll the paper into a tube.
and keep it together at the glue line.

Step 3: Twist It

twist one end about 2 inches in.
then put it in the glass.

Step 4: Fill It

put the funnel in the open end and half fill it with the bird seed.
then add the other stuff into it.

Step 5: Shake It

put your hand over the top and give it a good shake.

Step 6: Twist It Again

tist the open end about 2 inches to enclose the food.
then make a small hole at one end with an appropriate tool eg.a skrewdriver or a pointy object,(but be careful) to start off the bird.

Step 7: Put It in Cage

push the toy through the bars. you can squeeze the food inside, so the toy fits through the bars.

Step 8: DONE

watch your happy birds rip the toy to pieces and eat the food.
they also like to perch on it sometimes.

thanks for veiwing my first instructable.
please leave comments.


Yellowchick made it!(author)2013-09-20

Love your idea. Will do it today. I also have 2 Cockatiels the same colors as yours.
I said to mysekf there is Lucky(yellow) and Missy(gray). Beautiful birds.

barbixx made it!(author)2013-02-13

what a great idea! I will definitely try this out, thank you for sharing

Yellowchick made it!(author)2013-01-04

P.S. I ment do NOT trim wing feathers extremely.

madmans+firework+emporium made it!(author)2011-06-04

no disrespect meant but one time when we had to take my poor cockateil to the vet-king captain elvis doyle pooper the 3rd-after he gave himself concussion flying into a door frame, the vet told us to try and stop him eating paper

Yellowchick made it!(author)2013-01-04

Try clipping his flying wing feathers.
Do extremely, but enough so they glide down to the floor.
Safer then a dead drop to floor.

jinjaboy made it!(author)2011-06-05

my birds don't eat it, just sit on it and rip it apart.

madmans+firework+emporium made it!(author)2011-06-05

wow! king will try and eat anything he can get his beak around!

Yellowchick made it!(author)2013-01-04

I have 2 Cockatiels, yellow and gray, too.
This should give them their paper shredding abilities a good work out.
Thanks so much.

cooldude703 made it!(author)2008-03-19

I have a cockatiel to i had 2 but 1..................died :(

star_above_the_clouds made it!(author)2011-01-05

I'm so sorry ): R.I.P.

bryce%24merryman made it!(author)2010-01-12

i have a 1 year old baby cockatiel named matty  :]

Yerboogieman made it!(author)2008-05-13

my moms cockiteel lived to be 13 years old, my mom was the only one she liked

bryce%24merryman made it!(author)2010-01-12

cockatiels average lifespane is 25 years with a good diet.

Adria_99 made it!(author)2010-01-03

Great replacement for those expensive honeystick toys.  Simple and cheap!

Yerboogieman made it!(author)2008-05-13

i have an all gray cockateel and a jenday conure, thy go crazy over millet spray, although my cockateel doesn't like to be held my conure rocky LOVES to be held but doesn't like couches for some reason. do you know how to trim a birds nails?

texizboy made it!(author)2008-05-23

Very carefully. Just guessing that since your cockatiel is grey it's got black nails and my conure has black nails so guessing yours does too. You won't be able to look at the nail and identify where to stop cutting. The important thing is not to cut in to the quick, have a heated soldering iron near by to cauterize should they start bleeding.

Charlie24601 made it!(author)2008-10-13

One thing people don't seem to use enough of are cement perches. They are expensive, but last a birds lifetime (literally). They work great for helping keep the nails and beak trimmed naturally. I'd be scared to use a soldering iron. Just dip the nail in a small bowl of corn starch. Or even just use a nail file instead of clippers. If they really need a clipping, your vet or an actual professional is your best bet.

sassy8girl made it!(author)2009-05-21

don't cement perches cause bumble foot where they rub on the skin of the foot

texizboy made it!(author)2009-05-21

I don't know about bumble foot, but I do know that cement draws moisture and will dry their feet out. Not good.

Charlie24601 made it!(author)2009-05-21

Thats why you give them showers regularly. At least once a week. But just out of curiosity, where do you get your info? I've been working with psittacines for a long time and i've never heard that.

Charlie24601 made it!(author)2009-05-21

They could, which is why a proper bird room/cage would have a variety if different perches. Different sizes, shapes, materials, etc. A bird should never be forced to use only one perch day in and day out. Also there are different types of cement perch. I like the ones made from ground shells. Not nearly as rough as other brands but gets the job done.

Yerboogieman made it!(author)2008-05-23

Rocky, my conure has black nails, Earl-ly, my cockatiel doesn't she LOVES the camera, just not people, maybe i should post a picture

Charlie24601 made it!(author)2009-05-21

Instead of using paper, try an organic tortilla!

Ohm made it!(author)2008-03-13

Cockateils are nothing, try a Cockatoo. Better yet a Cockatoo and a McCaw both doing flock calls at the same time :D now that is loud. Giving them something to chew on definitely gets them to shut up though, in my case it is an ice cube for the Too and a bit of meat or bread for the McCaw. I might see if my Conures like this though, they are about the same size as a Cockateil.

Yerboogieman made it!(author)2008-05-13

try an African Grey, what kind of conures do you have, mine is a jenday conure.

erick.mendes made it!(author)2008-04-22

offtopic: Birds are made to fly! Free birds! ps.: Them you ask me "What to do with all the birds that are already in the cages, release them and let them die?" ... - No, stop buying birds. Eventually, people will stop breeding them for business... Free birds!

koax made it!(author)2008-03-29

i gonna try this out i got one cakatiel and he needs new toys thx !

koax made it!(author)2008-04-06

just tested it and he loved it thx again man

GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-03-09

Awesome! I have 2 cocketails (or however you spell it) as well, and they're both the same one as Billy. There's also like 4 parakeets. Great job, I just might try this out!

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