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Re: Sadie

Posted by Rick on 1/13/09
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    On 1/13/09, Judy wrote:
    > On 1/13/09, Rick wrote:
    >> On 1/13/09, Judy wrote:
    >>> HELLO EVERYONE..JUST WANTED TO INORM EVERYONE THAT SADIE
    >>> AND I ARE MAKING GREAT PROGRESS..SHE HAS SETTLED IN
    >>> ALOT.AND I HAVE BEEN PATIENT WITH HER AND PLAY WITH HER
    >>> ALOT..SHE IS LOVING IT..AND SO AM I..THANKS TO EVERYONE
    >>> THAT GAVE ME ADVICE..SHE LOVES TO BE SPRAYED DOWN WITH A
    >>> MIST..AND HAS PICKED UP A FEW MORE WORDS..SHE WILL SHAKE
    >>> WITH ME..LIFT HER PAW WHEN I SAY..SHE LOVES DRYED
    >>> FRUIT..GIVE HER THAT AS A REWARD ALONG WITH HER PEANUTS
    >>> (UNSALTED) OF COURSE..SHE IS EATING REALLY GOOD..AND SEEMS
    >>> HAPPIER NOW THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOWN EACH OTHER A
    >>> LITTLE BETTER...THANKS AGAIN..
    >>
    >>
    >> Hi Judy,
    >> It's a great feeling when things look brighter than they were
    >> in the beginning. The advice we all have given you is just a
    >> start to a wonderful relationship and learning progress along
    >> the way. Good luck with Sadie.
    > ...
    > i read some of the posts..and saw where you were talking bout
    > some babytoys from walmart being good for the bird to play with
    > can you give me a list of whats safe...and also i want to make
    > some toys for her..and a playstand..what should i make it out
    > of what sort of rope is safe..and blocks..thanks rick


    Judy,
    This is what we give our Macaws as play toys / chew toys.

    Plastic baby rings, plastic chains, etc. is a favorite and
    durable. Roping like that used for dog chew toys.

    I take untreated 2x2's (do not use treated wood, it has chemicals
    that would kill your Sadie) and cut them into 4" chunks and drill
    holes in them and then put a rope or chain through the holes. You
    can dip the chunks in food coloring if you want them colored.

    I make wooden wind chimes out of dowel rods and roping for them to
    chew on.

    Dog chew toys with ropes and tennis balls attached make great toys.

    We keep paper towel rolls and make foraging toys for them. They
    love to shred them as well.

    I make bow ties out of white paper towels and hang them on their
    cages, another shred toy for them, and you have to love picking
    them up off the floor. It's a game for them to watch you pick it up.

    I buy cheap wooden kitchen mixing spoons from the Dollar Store and
    spread peanut butter on them and give them each a spoon. They love
    eating the peanut butter and also chewing / splintering the spoon
    up afterwards. Another clean up toy for you.

    Cardboard is another favorite. Of course, make sure there is no
    glue on the cardboard. Same with toilet paper and paper towel
    rolls. Some people claim the paste on the rolls is not harmful and
    only contains corn starch, others say this is not so, may be
    harmful. Best to have no glue at all if you give Sadie one to
    shred. We let ours shred them if no glue is present.

    We give them plastic bottle tops (rinsed clean) from our sodas,
    milk cartons, juice bottles to chew up. Nothing that has been in
    contact with chemicals, food purpose only.

    As we live in the country also, we take our Macaws outside (wings
    clipped) and they love chewing sticks and foraging in the ground.
    We have no chemicals sprayed in the yard.

    Another thing we have done is hang a cleaned plastic coffee
    container inside their cages with a zip tie and place their loose
    toys / blocks inside of them and let them work to get them out.
    They are very curious creatures and enjoy scavaging.

    If you go to yard sales, good will, etc. look for toys or things
    that can be easily sanitized and would make great toys at a
    fraction of the cost. They love chewing and destroying things, so
    if you see something that wouldn't be harmful to them, get it. We
    do not buy NEW toys at the stores anymore.

    I can't think of anything else at the moment, as we give our birds
    many things to chew on and play with that are household or
    handmade items, I guess I don't think about it because I have been
    doing it for so long now. I'm sure others will share their toy
    stories with you as well.

    As for the playstands, I think PVC is the best for construction,
    they can't destroy or chew it up. Grey Lady had a great idea about
    using Pet Cast Wrap for pvc piping, wrapping the piping for
    gripping for the birds. Great idea.

    In time you will know what your Sadie likes and dislikes as toys.
    Just keep them rotated as to keep her interest. Have fun.