Budgie toys can be expensive, so I have compiled some ideas for homemade toys which can be just as entertainng.
What not to use:
• No toxic paint or dyes.
• No metals with zinc or lead.
• No little bells with tiny holes (jingle bells). Parakeets can get their feet, beaks and tongues stuck in them.
• No beads or parts small enough to choke on.
• Avoid wood that has been treated.
• Avoid using glues.
Things You'll Need:
• toilet tissue rolls
• dry pasta
• hemp cord
• wood beads
• other materials
Tissue roll perch
Plain toilet tissue roll is very versatile.
Turn toilet tissue rolls into chew toys:
Hang the roll over a perch for a rolling toy.
Cut up one side of the roll and wrap it around the cage bars or door casing.
Poke holes in the roll and insert hemp cord with wood beads tied on for a fun chew toy.
Take any dry macaroni that has a hole, rub food-safe coloring onto each piece with a cotton swab, and string them together on hemp and hang them in the cage or from a hook in the ceiling. Creates hours of climbing and chewing fun. Be sure to throw the toy away if it gets dirty or gets bird waste on it.
Various wooden beads
Take a metal hoop (found in craft stores), wrap it in hemp cord, tie securely. Use hemp to tie on wood beads of different sizes. (Use unfinished wood beads, dye them with a cotton swab and food-safe dye for color) Hang bells or more beads from various points, and hang the new swing toy from the cage roof or a hook in the ceiling. Makes a great toy for chewing, climbing and swinging.
Spider cardboard toy
Take some cardboard and cut them into squares, putting a hole in the middle of every one.
Take some straws and cut them into different sizes.
Take some toilet paper, making sure it is unscented, and cut them into shapes (I made circles), putting a hole in the middle of each.
If you want the toy to be like a spider, this is very easy to do. Take shoelace (unused) or cotton rope and fold it in half. Take another strip and do the same; you now have four "spider legs." If you wish, you can add more "spider legs" but I stopped at four.
Now string the cardboard, straws, and toilet paper together. You can make a pattern or just string them at random. Tie the ends of the shoelace/cotton rope and you're finished.
Use cotton rope, vegetable tanned leather, or twine. String it with plastic beads and popsicle sticks in an upside-down "U" shape. You can put a bell at the top to make the toy more fun but make sure the bell doesn't contain zinc or is a jingle bell.
One or Two shoeboxes, depending on if you have a few toys, or a lot of toys for your bird. One or two old toilet paper rolls. (Or, if you don't want to glue the toilet rolls together, use one paper towel roll). Treats, toys, and anything else your bird favors.
Cut a hole in one of the shoe boxes, just wide enough for one of the paper rolls to fit in. Glue the toilet paper rolls together to make a tunnel. Put one end of the roll in the shoebox with the hole. Now you should have a shoe box with a tunnel sticking out of it. Cut a hole in the other shoebox and connect the tunnel to the shoe box. You should have two shoe boxes connected by your tunnel. Put your favorite bird toys, treats, seeds, etc in the two shoeboxes. Try to have variations in the two boxes, so it will be like going to two diffrent playgrounds for your bird to have fun. You can make it as long as you like by adding more toilet paper rolls and more shoeboxes.
Have fun and create your own toys. You can design things as simple as a few beads strung to a bit of rope, or as elaborate as an entire play stand complete with bells and strings.
If you have any ideas please post them!