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Foraging Wreath...

[Cross-posted from The Linnie Forum]:

One of my favorite foraging platforms is the wreath. I use these in my aviary and I have one suspended in the dining room that is a favorite hang-out. Your imagination can run wild using a simple grapevine wreath from any craft store. You can get small ones for the cage and larger ones to use as a suspended perch + they are so cheap! Choose only natural grapevine with no coating of paint or varnish. If you have access to the materials you can even make your own wreath from willow cuttings or grapevine. Be sure to scrub the wreath with hot water to which you have added some bird-safe soap or Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) for cleaning. Let the wreath dry naturally and then add some simple plastic chain with cable ties and you are ready to have fun with the foraging items.



BTW, you can hang the wreath in the traditional manner from one chain or attach 3 chains and use it as shown below. My birds love to work out the carrot chunks, brown bag packages with nuts inside, apple slices, etc. It is so easy to shove the foraging treats into the wreath and you can attach things with cable ties or heavy cotton string to make it even more difficult for your bird to get them off of the wreath. After your bird learns how to use the foraging wreath, you can really make it challenging and know you have provided some grand fun.


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[Cross-posted from The Linnie Forum]:

One of my favorite foraging platforms is the wreath. I use these in my aviary and I have one suspended in the dining room that is a favorite hang-out. Your imagination can run wild using a simple grapevine wreath from any craft store. You can get small ones for the cage and larger ones to use as a suspended perch + they are so cheap! Choose only natural grapevine with no coating of paint or varnish. If you have access to the materials you can even make your own wreath from willow cuttings or grapevine. Be sure to scrub the wreath with hot water to which you have added some bird-safe soap or Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) for cleaning. Let the wreath dry naturally and then add some simple plastic chain with cable ties and you are ready to have fun with the foraging items.



BTW, you can hang the wreath in the traditional manner from one chain or attach 3 chains and use it as shown below. My birds love to work out the carrot chunks, brown bag packages with nuts inside, apple slices, etc. It is so easy to shove the foraging treats into the wreath and you can attach things with cable ties or heavy cotton string to make it even more difficult for your bird to get them off of the wreath. After your bird learns how to use the foraging wreath, you can really make it challenging and know you have provided some grand fun.


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that is so excellent! I am off to Micheals to buy some bird toy stuff, so I may get one of these. I love to use the little ones as swings for budgies and for my Bourke, but I hadn't thought of stuffing food in them.

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Great idea! Now if only my hubby would let me hang something from the ceiling.
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Wow!

I should really make that!
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