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Re: Sadie

Posted by judy on 1/14/09
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    On 1/13/09, Rick wrote:
    > 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
    >>
    >>
    >> 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.
    >
    >
    > 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.
    >>
    >> thanks rick those are great idea's..will get on some of them..see
    which ones she likes best..
    >>
    >>