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Foraging Fun!

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My birds have been VERY restless lately! They aren’t used to me going to school for most of the day and being cooped up in their cages! Over the Christmas break they were out ALL day, so it’s a big adjustment! Needless to say, my birds, Douglas in particular, has a LOT of pent up energy!

I saw this on Hungry’s Birds blog. And it is a girl who also has a caique and does fun foraging projects. Check her out here. (Not sure if she still updates her blog?). Her caique seems to LOVE foraging, while Douglas… not so much. But neither do I give him a lot of opportunity besides wrapping up little white cups with treats inside.

So I had a spare basket after redoing their cages, so I decided to make one up for him. Kyoko, NEVER forages (not even the little white cups), so I made her a small one. I’m not going to put them in yet, but save them for tomorrow. I’ll put them in a bit before school so I can get some pics, then leave them with them all day and see what the results are!

Douglas has a wicker basket. Inside (clockwise around) a large wiffle ball stuffed with treats and crinkle paper. Loofah stuffed with treats. Bagel. White condiment cup with treats inside. Finger traps with treats and crinkle paper. Yucca block, partly hollowed out for a treat. And a long tube bagel with treats.

As you can tell, my birds are very food oriented. They got a lot of their greens and fruits. But their “special treats” (like nutriberries, ovenfresh bites, etc.) are always saved for foraging, or for super rewards.

The complete basket. I also threw some treats right inside the crinkle paper, to get him to explore, as well as some wood and other little toys.

Kyoko’s basket is a lot simple. I’m not going to close the box because she’ll completely ignore it, and the treats are kind of right there out in the open. Hopefully she’ll figure it out 🙂 And of course… I gave her a bell!

I want to give it to them now! But I’ll wait 🙂

 

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Visiting Banjo

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Banjo is a blue and gold macaw that I ADORE who belongs to my breeder. He loves me too ❤ You can see him in my picture on the side bar. When I was at my parents I decided to pay him a visit. I made him a nice big toy which he pretty much decimated in a few hours, and gave him some large palm nuts.

T-Stand

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I made this today to put on my desk. I find that Douglas LOVES to hang out on my desk when I do my homework, but he also LOVES to get in my way, haha. So now he’ll have a place to sit. I think I might add an extension so I can tie bird toys to it and have it hang down. Then maybe Kyoko can sit up there to avoid the evil Douglas.

It was SUPER easy to make. I just used 3/4″ PVC pipes, and cut it to the appropriate size with this neat tool my dad had called a pipe cutter. Then I bought some vet wrap to make it more grippy! Easy!

Wood Dye!

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For those of you who know me, I’ve been trying to start a small toy business for quite a while. I have a website and everything, but no product!!!

I bought this food dye from Rosie Toy’s a few months ago, and I decide to try to dye some plain hardwood pieces I have. I once tried it with normal food colouring, but it did NOT work! But this stuff worked BEAUTIFULLY!

I ordered some more colours of dye since I only have… Mint Green and Electric Blue. And I found a great website for the Canadians out there to order some dye! And for those Americans, the dye is called AmeriColour Soft Gel Paste. It works amazingly well… all you need is a few drops in water.. or rubbing alcohol – but I didn’t have any. It was about $2.50 for a small 3/4 oz bottle. And it works beautifully!

Another brand I hear good things about is Vitacritter. But I’ve never used it before! So hopefully I can get some wood in and start making toys! Yahoo! ❤