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.



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    29 Discussions


    5 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.


    6 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

    3 replies

    6 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.


    9 years ago on Step 8

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


    10 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?

    5 replies

    Reply 10 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.


    Reply 10 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.


    Reply 9 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.


    Reply 9 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.