On 1/13/09, Rick wrote:
> 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
> 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.
Judy, I have to share this with you also. Our Male Macaw who is of
the mischievous nature climbed on top of the kitchen counter when I
was outside for only a few moments. I came back inside to find him
missing from his play stand in the living room and found him on top
of the counter with the cookbook in his clutches tearing out the
entire middle section, not only of 1 book, but 3 of them. So, yes
this was another one of his favorite playtime moments. They truly
are not picky as to what they tear up, as long as it is fun to them.