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New Toy for Libby!

Libby, my Pineapple Green Cheek Conure, is getting so good at taking stuff apart and foraging, that I decided to look for a toy I had years ago for my Amazon, Rico. It was a stainless steel box with wing nuts that could be unscrewed, and then the box would fall apart -- they love the noise!

I found what I was looking for online, but it was around $39 plus shipping! So I printed a picture of it and gave it to my ever-handy husband. I said the whole thing had to be made out of stainless steel, which is expensive, but I figured would be cheaper than $39. Here's what he made, cost about $14 for the hardware. He already had the ss to make the box part. The box is about 1-1/2" square. (the ones on line were 3" square, bigger than I really wanted.) He made sure it's not exactly like the ones on line, just to be on the safe side.

I can put a treat inside, and when she unscrews the sides with two wing nuts, the two sides fall off and she can get the treat. I think it came out great!!!


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That is so awesome, I wish I new how to make something like that, good work

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Thanks! If I didn't have a talented, smart husband, who also has a lot of tools, I wouldn't have one!

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Hahahaha does that little girl really need a new toy?
So happy for her. Minnie's got all the toys in the world now (), but Kiki's very jealous! That looks like a great toy.




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Has Libbby figured it out?


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Jack the Ripper ----> Pacific Parrotlet
Kiwi ------> Green Cheek Conure
Scooter -----> Senegal
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Shandi - No, not yet. She has to "scope" it out for a few days, and get used to it being in her cage. I made sure she saw me putting a Nutraberry inside, so she knows it's in there. She beaked the toy a few times, so I know she's interested, but it usually takes her a few days.

She's pretty clever with all her foraging toys, so I have high hopes!

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that is really cool!

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ohh Russ will do anything for a nutriberry lol or a bit o cheese

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Well, she hasn't taken it apart yet, only the second day, but I did notice two or three of the wing nuts had been unscrewed about 1/4" or so, so I know she's fooling with it.

I may take it apart tomorrow and let her see the Nutraberry again, just to mess with her!

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Tell your hubby he may have found a new job as bird toy maker. I for one would buy one. I bet my hubby could do that too, can you give more detailed directions?

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LOL! Well, I don't know if there are any directions at all! I gave him a picture I found on line, but to be on the safe side (no trademark infringement), he made it different and quite a bit smaller (mine's about 1-1/2" square) than the one pictured.

He had the scrap aluminum in his workshop, we bought all the stainless steel bolts, wingnuts, and nuts at Ace Hardware. He went to his workshop (he has tons of power tools!), and about an hour or so later, came upstairs and handed me the completed toy!

Maybe your husband could get creative and come up with something similar -- doesn't have to be exactly the same -- we even thought about making a round one that was closed on the ends, and the ends would fall off when the wingnuts were unscrewed!

You could also buy a threaded rod and just thread wingnuts onto it, hang it from the top of the cage and your bird could unscrew the wingnuts. That's easy and simple, yet would keep your bird busy for hours!

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So JoAnne are all the sides separate?

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Here's a link to the one I saw on line:
http://chirpndalespetsupply.com/prod...&categoryId=10

If you click on the little pictures below the big picture, you can see the box from different angles. I printed these out for my husband to see it from different sides. There's also info on this page about how the toy works. This toy is considerably larger than the one my husband made for Libby.

Some of these "playboxes" are "NRP", no removable parts, it will state NRP in the name of the toy, so be sure to look out for that if you order on line, and you want on that comes apart.

Hope this helps a little!
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Thank you that should help.

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