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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! :D



You Will Need:


Home-made treats (Other treats work too)


Millet


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 candies:


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




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...

Ready!

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!

WARNING: These toys are meant to be destroyed so they won't last long!

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.​

Corina '10
 

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Just made some of your seed treats. They smell so good. It's hard not to try one myself xD
 

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^ eat one, i dare ya :XD:

i made a little thing out of a toilet paper roll and corn husks :). we will see if they like it though, its not nearly as cool looking as yours!
 

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really want too D:
The birds are scared of it :p
May need to break it up for them...
 

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Heh I might change the recipe a little, play around see what happens :p Beats homework 8D
I'm pretty sure eating shell grit wouldn't be too wise as well :p
 

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Just made some of your seed treats. They smell so good. It's hard not to try one myself xD
They do smell good! My brother always complains that I only make treats for the birds. The smell brings him to the kitchen and he gets disappointed once he realizes they are bird treats :D
 

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Great ideas, Corina. I love it!!!! The candies are so darn cute. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing!!!! :)
 

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I can smell them even now from last night, fids are yet to try them though :C
 

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Do you guys use the all natural peanut butter or the run of the mill skippy? I worry a bit about all the sugar and salt added to the normal peanut butters. I used to eat the all natural, so it wouldn't be a big deal to get some for my baby. Curious as to what you all do?
 

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I was thinking that when I put it in... I used kraft smooth :/
 

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Do you guys use the all natural peanut butter or the run of the mill skippy? I worry a bit about all the sugar and salt added to the normal peanut butters. I used to eat the all natural, so it wouldn't be a big deal to get some for my baby. Curious as to what you all do?
I use an all natural organic peanut butter. I can't recall the name though :eek:
The honey I use is all natural and organic as well :)
 

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I use an all natural organic peanut butter. I can't recall the name though :eek:
The honey I use is all natural and organic as well :)
Thanks for the clarification :) I figured as much but wanted to be sure... maybe you can tweak your post to say "all natural" or something? ((Lots of people do not realize how much sugar/icing sugar/sodium are added to peanut butter. I personally don't like the taste of the "normal" peanut butters and much prefer the UNSWEETENED natural pb. )) Your treats look delicious!
 

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whoa! These look amazing! I cannot wait to try these! They look very nice! Do you have the recipes for the home-made treats? Sorry if I just missed them XD
 
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