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Default Quick, Cheap, Easy, and Safe DIY Toys?

Hi all! I've wanted to make some DIY toys for my budgies - but I can't seem to find any time! Do you all have any suggestions for toys that can be made in less than 15 or 20 minutes, and that do not require things to be bought off the internet? I would also appreciate if the toys would be made with things that are in everyday homes. I live in California, USA if it helps. Most importantly, I would like the toys to be relatively easy to make. Do you all have any suggestions, especially for foraging toys? (And I'm terrible at woodworking...)

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Check out our do it yourself section, there are lot's of toy making thread's in there...

https://talkbudgies.com/do-yourself/5...toy-guide.html
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I give my guys milk bottle lids, different coloured ones. Pegs, small containers, hens tend to like shredding toys ,toilet rolls and small bright coloured things. A branch with leaves on is loved in my house, the will nibble, rub, jump around and generally hang out in these for ages. Small balls, or objects that are light they can throw.
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i buy a lot of toy parts, but i do make some toys with household items, you can look through my album... there is some simple toys thrown in there

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Ilovepets, it looks like you live with your birds not the other way round!

Jonah, those treats look so cool.

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I give my guys milk bottle lids, different coloured ones. Pegs, small containers, hens tend to like shredding toys ,toilet rolls and small bright coloured things. A branch with leaves on is loved in my house, the will nibble, rub, jump around and generally hang out in these for ages. Small balls, or objects that are light they can throw.
But are the toilet rolls safe? I've been wondering about those for a while...I fear the glue may be toxic. Also, what do you mean "small balls"? Would the cat toy balls(without catnip) be alright?
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Check out our do it yourself section, there are lot's of toy making thread's in there...

https://talkbudgies.com/do-yourself/5...toy-guide.html
I have a question I've wanted an answer to for MONTHS, and there's no better time to answer it than now. What types of string are safe for budgies that you can buy? I've heard twine, right? But aren't there multiply kinds of twine, and only 1 of the types is safe?
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And are finger traps safe? I've seen many people using them, but couldn't the budgie's toes get stuck?
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for string, i personally use hemp and jute, which i buy at the craft store. i have also loved to use cotton, which i got a "big" roll of it from bed,bath and beyond. its food grade, so theres no chemicals, etc. i just make sure there are no loose ends that they can get caught in, that goes for any rope. sisal is also good (you can get some from mysafebirdstore.com-where i buy ALL of my bird stuff). i also have coconut rope, but i don't use it often. oh, and i also sometimes use Paracord for the big stuff like rope ladders or the rope net i made for my tree. again, make sure you melt the ends, so it doest get stringy.

finger traps are safe. i wouldn't but ones from the store... i get all of mine from mysafebird because i know they are safe finger traps are one of the favorites in my flock along with vine balls.

an other favorite material is the brown making paper from the dollar store, its 30"x 15 feet and there is so much you can do with it!

i started my toy making journey from household things... and then i found that website and... well, you see what i have made! a few people have told me i should start making and selling toys its really much cheaper to order parts and make toys than to just buy toys. something that costs $8, i can make for $1.50. if you need a little inspiration, i do have threads scattered throughout the DIY section, some with just pics, some how-to threads. feel free to ask questions
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But are the toilet rolls safe? I've been wondering about those for a while...I fear the glue may be toxic. Also, what do you mean "small balls"? Would the cat toy balls(without catnip) be alright?
i am picky with TP rolls. if there is visible glue, i toss them. if there is nothing, or just lines (not residue) from where the glue was, i use them. i buy TP fro the dollar store (4 rolls for a dollar!) for picking up poop-and for the birds to shred,until it turned into nesting- and they don't have glue.

i think by small balls they mean the plastic cat ball toys. i would gets ones like in the link, that have small enough hols that nothing gets stuck, but big enough that they can pick them up (and throw them!). i have similar ones to the pic and they love them. i also bought the practice or 'wiffe' golf balls from walmart for my guys to play with.

Grreat Choice® Safari Balls Value Pack Cat Toy | Toys | PetSmart

wiffle golf ball for a toy base (*i don't use bells any more. leon, who does love bells, has gotten a nail temporarily stuck in one and his beak stuck when it was overgrown. i only allow bells when they are supervised)




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Ilovepets, it looks like you live with your birds not the other way round!

Jonah, those treats look so cool.

I am all over this thread like white on paint!
yes, yes. i do refer to my room as and aviary and it is true that my birds have more space than me! i wouldn't trade it for the world though. i am thinking a bout adding a 3rd tree which i have been pruning to the right shape, but i don't have the room
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