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Entertainment for Louey

This has probably been asked before and I apologise if its repetitive.

I just wanted to know what others were doing in their cages for entertainment for their fids. In particular quakers.

Louey has many things in his cage like:
  • carousel foraging toy (which he loves)
  • I make a foraging toy out of a toilet roll and brown paper - I wrap a treat in a piece of paper with kitty litter and put it in the toilet roll (I do two treat packs per toilet roll) and then I wrap the toilet roll in brown paper and hang it up in the cage - different places each time to make it a little more difficult for him.
  • He has other toys...bells etc
  • Another toilet roll with the bottom covered with paper and tied to the side of the cage - I put a handful of ice cream sticks in there (by the end of the day the sticks are on the bottom of the cage and there is a hole in the paper. LOL!
Skiddles (my cockatiel) sings 'Happy and you know it' all the time -she must also do it during the day because Louey now knows it. hahaha!


Just wondering what else I can do - I never want him bored or to become cage aggressive. Ideas please ?
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Great foraging is something i never bothered with until recently. It sure makes for a very happy bird. My guys watch me in the morning when i am filling up all the secret places and they cannot wait to dive in and discover all the goodies. I will add a few more ideas for you. And also a telephone book. For smaller birds like quakers cut the book in half lengthwise and hang on a rope, leather or chain. Hope some of this helps.
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Try to make as much natural enrichment as you can. I know a lot of people are cautious with branches and such, but I always keep the bark on them so my birds can strip it off. Takes hours and they love it

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Try to make as much natural enrichment as you can. I know a lot of people are cautious with branches and such, but I always keep the bark on them so my birds can strip it off. Takes hours and they love it
I've just put together Baby's interior of his new cage this morning and introduced him to it. It's more 2x as tall (32x18x 34" + stand) as his first cage we put him in when we brought him home on 4/28. He thought that tiny thing (24x18x16") was a palace after the pet store plastic prison he'd been in. Poor little sweetie.

I've found that he spends quite a bit of time in the lower half of his new cage, instead of the upper part which all the toys, rope/wood perches, two platforms, and his 2 snuggie huts, etc.

The reason? I think it's b/c of the natural branch from my fig tree that I put down there. He sits on it all the time, on one foot or napping. It's just a small branch and I didn't even know if he would accept it, and just sortuv threw it in case he might. From there he has a better view of the rest of the house, outside the window (which he also did in the former cage), and closer to the budgies (who are across the doorway from him now instead of across the room) with who he was in yelling match this morning (ohhhh......my ears...they all seem to enjoy it as well as the vacuum I used to clean the room.) This smallish branch was a left over from supplying perches in my bigger cage for the budgies about two years ago. He loves to sit there and I've noticed he's nibbling on it. The budgies have stripped all the bark off the ones in their cage, which stripping increased about a year ago.They love that bark.

He's so sassy and talking all the time about "Baby" this and "Baby" that. Some of it is just garbled speech. However, he seems very happy in his new cage.

Forgive a new mom from talking endlessly about the new child.
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Thanks guys - he gets lots of destroyable foraging stuff and new ideas are awesome. Thank you.

Eve - my partner's GCC is named 'Baby' and he loves to say 'BBBAAABBBBYYY'. Hahaha! so cute.
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