Make a fun foraging toy for your parrot in five minutes or less! Foraging toy are generally easy to make and they are really affordable. Foraging toys are great for teaching a bird HOW to play with toys. We used a gallon milk jug with a screw on cap for our large Moluccan, Peachy. He loves untwisting the cap and then chewing through the jug trying to get the goodies out. We’ve found that when our parrot watches us “load” the container, he becomes more interested. Peachy played with this toy for over an hour before finally figuring out that he had to chew the bottom to get the treats! Usually he grabs the container handle and turns it upside down so that the treats fall in his mouth.
Another fun foraging toy is hiding stuff in empty cereal boxes . We stuff the box with clean shredded paper and hide a few nuts inside. Then Peachy has to dig through paper to find the hidden nuts. You can get bird safe nuts in shell here. We like to only use food item boxes but there are special corrugated boxes available for making animal toys. Keep the box an appropriate size for the bird. For instance, a Senegal might not enjoy a full sized cereal box.
How about making your bird a Tamale? Using corn husks available at your grocery store, you can stuff them full of nuts, wood, unsulfurated fruits like those found in Goldenfeast Bird Food, bamboo skewers, cinnamon sticks or even chop sticks! Roll them up and seal them shut with plastic zip ties.
Always supervise your parrots play when you give him items that require chewing but that can’t be digested. And, only use clean food containers, never containers that have contained chemicals or cleaning products.