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I have been thinking about how boring it must be for my birds to get food served up to them in a bowl all the time. I am wanting to make them work for their seed but still provide their veggies, pellets and stuff like that in the dishes. What are good ways to provide their seed so that they have to work for it? I was thinking about the foragers like this one http://www.busybeaks.com/63160_seesaw.htm but none of my birds seem to like that type of thing. They like their foraging bin that is full of paper, jingle balls, toilet paper rolls and other stuff but once they pull out that stuff they don't have to do anything to get the food. Any ideas to make it harder for them? Sorry if this post does not make sense but it is hard for me to concentrate when I have a headache and my brother is talking to me nonstop.

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For my tiel and parrotlet , I have a storage dish that is about 8x8x about 2 inches high. I put a few sunflower seeds and hemp seeds in the bottom f this dish then toss in a handful of beads, foot toys, broken cuttle bones, and hay or aspen shavings... Sometimes both.. My parrotlet loves to toss everything out of the dish searching for the treasure underneath.
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I do the same as parrotletsrock. U can also mix beads with their seeds and or other things like timothy hay or critter crinkle paper. Put the seeds in small foraging containers in several spots throughout the cage to encourage activity. Avainweb has great do it yourself foraging ideas. Egg cartons are great too. I have seen a lot of cool things online done with those.

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I have plant saucers full of paper, jingle balls, hay and plastic toys and they seem to like to toss everything out to eat the seed at the bottom but I want something more chalenging for them. Today I took coffee filters and put a little seed, flax seed meal and hay in them then crumpled them up and the teils loved that but the lovebird are not touching theirs. I have a ton of egg crate stored up for my roaches so I will try to make some stuff out of that. I will check out Avainweb.

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If you can find the 'Bottoms Up!' forager then I highly recommend getting it. The birds have to lift up the lid and get the food out but I always cram them with loads of stuff so they aren't instantly getting the snack, not to mention that they have to learn how to get into them in the first place. I've currently got one in my red fronted kakariki aviary, they love using their feet and so they tend to grab on to it and use their super long nails to try and get in
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Thanks, that sounds like something the tiels would like. I will have to try and find some.

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