Posted by judy on 1/14/09
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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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..