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Stuff from around the house?

What kind of stuff can I use from around the house to make engaging toys? I'm planning on making toys for a budgie and a cockatiel, if that sorta helps you give me tips and stuff.
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If you make Mexican tamales you may have corn husks which my birds love chewing on... Just roll and tie. Then hang in the cage.
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Toilet paper tubes, boxes, errrrrm... bottle caps, straws etc. As long as it's nothing that has been treated with anything harmful

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I use cardboard boxes, pinecones, ropes, branches, rolled up catalogs, raffia, supermarket paper bags, etc but the only thing from around the house is the cardboard boxes, everything else I get especially for them.
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So can I use plain cardboard or food coloring? What kinds of wood can I use for a budgie and a 'tiel?

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cardboard, cane baskets (my birds adore these!), books. i hang a book in the bird's cage and it keeps them entertained for hours shredding it. i opshop the books. 20c is a nice cheap toy

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Anything bird-safe that my birds like to play with. There's so many possibilities! You don't always have to resort to buying legit bird toys.

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- clean paper bags
- clean printer paper
- clean paper (not Styrofoam) egg cartons
- clean cardboard
- straws
- jute, sisal, hemp, cotton, coconut, leather, paper rope (make sure they are birds safe)
- polar fleece
- paper towel/ toilet paper tubes
- beads (if loose, make sure they can't be swallowed)
- small wooden dowels
- popsicle sticks
- plastic chain (use alone or cut a chunk out to use it as a hook)
- mirrors (small ones can be found a Michaels Crafts in the stepping stone/ mosaic section)
- hay (store bought is safest)
- wiffle balls (for larger birds)
- practice golf balls (for smaller birds)
- clothes pins with no spring ("old fashioned" clothes pins)
- paper sticks
- unwaxed paper cups
- bird safe leather pieces
- plastic buttons (make sure they cant be swallowed)
- dry pasta noodles

a huge favorite here is balsa wood. its sold at craft stores and the thin sheets are easy to slice with an exacto knife

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Muffin cups, coffee filters, paper plates
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