Parrot toys

Making toys for your parrot

Bird toys are pretty expensive for all that they are, which is some wood, some cord or leather, and a little bit of plastic.

While some toys are designed for a bird to play on, most are designed for a bird to play with, that is, to chew.

Most parrots are big chewers. Toys to hang on are great, but toys that can be ripped apart are better, and toys that can be hung on and ripped apart are the best.

But don't forget, for such a smart bird as a parrot, teaching them new things to do can be just as fun for them as a new toy!

And for you, it's a good way to develop positive interactions with your pet. You may think that petting their head is all there is to it, but your bird is really paying a lot of attention to you and would LIKE to learn things from you. You are your bird's flock leader, after all! So take advantage of this and train your bird to do things that amuse you, like fetching and playing dead.

Hand made cheap toy ideas for your parrot

  • Try ripping up long strips of plain paper and weaving them in and out of the bars on your parrots’ cage.  Your bird will have plenty of fun pulling out the strips one by one and shredding them to pieces 
  • A flattened toilet roll tube provides lots of chewing fun too 
  • Many parrots that I have met seem to have had a fetish for toothbrushes.  Possibly because they're easy to hold and they like the texture of the bristles?  I don't really know, but when you finish with your toothbrush, hand it over to your pet bird 
  • When my Grey is out of his cage and starts getting 'fidgety', the best and pretty much only way I can keep him entertained while my back is turned it to give him something to get his beak into!  He will spend ages ripping things to pieces.

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