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Foraging toys I can make

Ok so the pet stores near me don't have many foraging toys and the ones they do have are for the bigger parrots, anyways so I've tried a couple homemade toys and I was wondering if anyone has more ideas, one of the ideas I tried was buying a pill box you know the pill container that has mon-sun it's clear and you put the pills for each day in that container. anyways I bought one from the dollar store washed it out showed him how to pop open the lid and he has mastered that in 2 days probably would have mastered it the first day if he didn't have to go to bed lol anyways so he opens the lids and eats the treat inside and I like the idea of making foraging toys but I need some ideas. I've also made a few from toilet paper rolls and put some treats inside and covered each end with Serran wrap and he'll tear thru the serran wrap and have his treat in a min lol I need something easy but that'll take him hours to figure out cuz he's too smart lol

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You can wrap stuff in toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls and bend the ends shut. I also buy coin wrappers from the dollar store and stuff with things.

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Ooo those are good ideas ESP the coin wrapper I'll look around the house for coin wrappers and stuff some treats inside thanks

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Try a small brown paper bag with a treat or two in it, folded over on top and maybe a small hole punched in it to give him the idea.

Paper cupcake liners with a treat inside and twisted shut so he has to rip the paper apart to get the treat.

Bird-safe shredded paper (like from a paper shredder) mixed in with pellets or other dry food, so he has to dig around to get his food.

Coffee filters, torn into smaller pieces, with treats inside and twisted shut -- same idea as the cupcake liners.

There's lots of things at the dollar store that you can use to put treats in. Look in the party favor or baby/wedding shower area. I bought little boxes with handles, kind of like Chinese take-out boxes only smaller, that I put treats in and hung from a perch or cage top. Lots of ideas at the dollar store that are really cheep.....er....cheap!

Chinese finger traps with a nutraberry stuffed inside, for example. My GCC LOVES to chew up finger traps!

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Ya I love the dollar store I walk around and ideas just come and I love the idea of those lil boxes I'll have to find them, I'll definitely try these out, thanks JoAnne

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I got some Jello in plastic cups for the kids.
Washed them out and cut a circle of cardboard to cover the top.
I made a hole in the center of the cardboard and the center bottom of the cup.
Threaded sisal rope through and hey presto!
foreaging cup!
Check out the captive foreaging thread.

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Very smart with the jello cup, I'm def gona try all of these lol thanks everyone

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Love the jello cup idea! Have to give that one a try. I use dixie cups on toys and they love to chew them apart. Could use like the jello cups too.

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Nice ideas! I am also looking for some ways I can create foraging toys for Tigger.



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I am loving that jello cup idea!!! Thanks

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Here's a pic of my jello cup.
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Are there certain types of bird that can be trusted not to eat plastic? Or that can't be? Not that my g/f would ever allow any sort of petroleum-based, vaccuum-extruded polystyrovynoidal knick-knacks into the cage anyhow. (Even though you'd think something with "pet" and "poly" in its name would be bird-friendly!)

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