toys for cockatoo

Hi, can i buy wooden blocks like alphabet blocks for my bird, if i get them from a craft or toy store, i thought maybe i could make her toys, and also balsa wood, i notice the wood is very soft in the premade toys they even have plastic in them. the toys are just to expensive for me and she goes through the so fast,

Thank you Diane

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Sep 04, 2009
Toys for Tots continued...
by: Linda

One more thing... You can also buy coconut half shells, for toy bases, from places on the internet, and I think eBay. You'll just have to do some searching around and price comparisons to find everything you need--in the meantime, you MAY have to buy her one more toy, but make sure it has large pieces of hardwood on it and that you get it from a reputable pet or bird store. Just think, it may be the very last retail toy you ever have to buy. I hope this helps you and that you have someone to help with the cutting and drilling work.

Many Blessings,
Linda

Sep 04, 2009
Toys for Tots
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. We make our Amazon's toys from wood pieces husband drills holes in so we can hang on 1/4" white cotton rope. The holes are 3/8" or can be a little larger if you wish to try this. For a Cockatoo, do not use soft wood as she will destroy toys before they've hung in cage for an hour. We buy Manzanita perching material from a place in Southern California. The link is http://www.manzanita.com, and Rich is the owner/manager. He offers wholesale prices if you buy a certain amount of feet, so check that out or just buy a few and see how they work. He sells the manzanita with the bark on or sandblasted off. I recommend you buy the kind with the beautiful red bark on them. They come in various diameter sizes, and you should get 2" up to 4" diameters for the Too. Rich sometimes has cut manzita pieces that are larger, so check for those too. He is VERY good about getting back with you, so you can either call or send email. He works outside cutting wood in the day, and usually gets back later on. Walnut and Birch are also good safe hardwoods to use. Too's destroy most everything which is why I'm suggesting you get your supplies together and just make her simple toys. You'll need to put a knot or two inbetween each toy piece, so she does not immediately destroy rope. Always use 100% cotton rope as the nylon rope is harmful to birds. The sisel rope will cut your hands up tying the knots. Toy Bases can be made by drilling holes in a length of manzanita perching wood. A larger eye bolt will need to be screwed into the middle of this piece, and you can find the split rings(look for bird toy parts) to attach to the eye bolt and thus to the quick link to hang.You can also just hang using the rope only except it's hard to get toy down for cleaning. Always use nickel plated or stainless steel hardware for bird's toys.Our Amazons love their homemade toys, and I can't remember the last time I bought already made ones. I do buy toy parts here and there, and you can find the eye bolts in home improvement stores.

Linda

Sep 04, 2009
Buying toys at craft shops for birds
by: Tracie

The thing you must be careful of when purchasing things from a non-bird store is what things are made of. Can you be sure the paint does not have lead or zinc? I know of a bird that died just from flying around the room and licking a statue and got poisoned.

Making your own toys is great, but you might want to cut down some bird safe trees or buy bulk toy parts instead of purchasing things at craft stores that have who knows what in them or on them.

I know you are not wanting to purchase at a parrot store, but I thought I would mention that we do sell some bulk toy parts here.

If you decide to cut down trees and cut up your own parts, please refer to our Non-Toxic for birds list before giving anything to your bird. Dr. Vaden, listed at the beginning, has a wealth of information too.

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