Toy for Caged Birds

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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.

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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.

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    29 Discussions

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    Yellowchick
    Yellowchick

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    barbixx
    barbixx

    7 years ago on Step 8

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

    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

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    Yellowchick
    Yellowchick

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    jinjaboy
    jinjaboy

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 8

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

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    Yellowchick
    Yellowchick

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    cooldude703
    cooldude703

    12 years ago on Step 8

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

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    bryce$merryman
    bryce$merryman

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 8

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

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    Yerboogieman
    Yerboogieman

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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

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    bryce$merryman
    bryce$merryman

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 8

    cockatiels average lifespane is 25 years with a good diet.

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    Adria_99
    Adria_99

    10 years ago on Step 8

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

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    Yerboogieman
    Yerboogieman

    12 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    texizboy
    texizboy

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Charlie24601
    Charlie24601

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    sassy8girl
    sassy8girl

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    texizboy
    texizboy

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Charlie24601
    Charlie24601

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.