03-07-2010, 01:08 AM
DIY Foraging, Treat and Shredder Toy Guide
This is a "Guide" full of ideas, tips and hints for easy home-made foraging, shredder and treat toys that will provide lots of fun, mental stimulation and even exercise for your budgies and other birds too!
You Will Need:
Home-made treats (Other treats work too)
Shredding materials like: Shredders, Corn husks (fresh or dried)
Different types of cords and ropes like: Sisal rope, Hemp cord, Cotton rope
Toilet paper, paper towel and other rolls cut into different lengths (Make sure they are bird safe)
Random toy parts and quick links
Paper towels, newspaper, any kind as long as it is bird safe (I use paper from bird toy shipments)
Scissors of course!
What To Do:
Millet Cages (As i call them)
1. Cut the paper towel rolls into many thin rings.
2. Overlap the rings until you get a strong ball/cage.
3. Stuff it with millet through the openings left.
This is what they look like:
Foraging treat gifts and candies
1. Cut squares of paper in different sizes.
2. Cut different sizes of cord (I used hemp cord).
3. Stuff the rolls cut into different lengths with treats and/or millet.
4. Wrap with paper.
5. Tie them tightly with cord.
I broke my home-made treats into tiny pieces to make them fit.
What they look like:
For the bigger birds:
The finished Products:
Mix it all up and be creative. Here are some of the toys I made:
Shredder/Millet Cage Combo (with wrapped gifts)
All In One Shredder Treat Toy
Simple Shredder/Gift Toy
Stacked Treats Shredder Toy
WARNING: These toys are meant to be destroyed so they won't last long!
Home-Made Treats Recipe
1 cup seed mix
1 or 2 eggs
1 Tbs peanut butter (All natural)
1 Tbs brown sugar
- Preheat oven for 10 minutes @ 350° F
- Mix it all together, make sure all seeds are soaked.
- Place small portions in cupcake cases.
- Place cupcake case on cookie sheet and into the oven.
- Heat for 20 - 25 minutes @ 350° F
- When they are toasty and start smelling good then it means they are...
Serve and enjoy. (Birds only)
Tips and Hints:
- Make a hole through them and hang in cage.
- You can also add cuttle bone pieces, millet and other treats to the mixture, not just seeds!
SERIOUS WARNING: Do not leave any long loose strings. Make sure to tie everything tightly. Lose strings can be dangerous as bird feet can get caught!
Supervise your birds as they play with these toys. Make sure to dispose of destroyed toys.
Last edited by Corina; 05-09-2011 at 11:48 AM.