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Toys my Patotlet loves

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Old 10-02-2016, 11:54 PM   #1
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Toys my Patotlet loves

I've found a couple of unusual bird toys for my Little Boy. Thought I would share.

One is a plastic scrubber. Same kind you do dishes with. I used one of the 4 for a buck ones from $ Tree and he took right to it.

Being almost his size but only about a tenth of his weight he could throw it around. AS he would thrash it up and down on the table I could make it fight back. So now doing battle with the blue scrubby is a daily activity we both can take part in.

His other two favorite chew toys are a folded in half paper towel hung with a plastic clip from the same place his scrubby came from and a Chinese Finger toy from a novelty shop and also hung on a clip . Cheap, expendable, and come in different colors so it's not always the same...the finger toys I mean.

Well tonight he finished off his finger puzzle and as I was getting a new one I wondered what would happen if i rolled up a paper towel and stuffed it inside a finger puzzle.

It aroused his curiosity enough to explore it briefly but is now sitting under his sunlamp exercising his right to totally ignore new toys for as long as he wishes.

Read that in on one of the forums here. Something about the 13 commandments of owning a parrotlet. Very funny and very true.
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I've found a couple of unusual bird toys for my Little Boy. Thought I would share.

One is a plastic scrubber. Same kind you do dishes with. I used one of the 4 for a buck ones from $ Tree and he took right to it.

Being almost his size but only about a tenth of his weight he could throw it around. AS he would thrash it up and down on the table I could make it fight back. So now doing battle with the blue scrubby is a daily activity we both can take part in.

His other two favorite chew toys are a folded in half paper towel hung with a plastic clip from the same place his scrubby came from and a Chinese Finger toy from a novelty shop and also hung on a clip . Cheap, expendable, and come in different colors so it's not always the same...the finger toys I mean.

Well tonight he finished off his finger puzzle and as I was getting a new one I wondered what would happen if i rolled up a paper towel and stuffed it inside a finger puzzle.

It aroused his curiosity enough to explore it briefly but is now sitting under his sunlamp exercising his right to totally ignore new toys for as long as he wishes.

Read that in on one of the forums here. Something about the 13 commandments of owning a parrotlet. Very funny and very true.
I like this thread! Great chew toy ideas. My babies love the finger traps too. I bet the scrubby brush is a good preening toy.
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:16 AM   #3
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So cute and nice ideas! Just waiting for my baby to even ever start enjoying any kind of toy hahaha
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We took a real coconut and cut it in half, took out the coconut and drilled holes and hung it up with big plastic chain to make a swing. He loves it. And we put his Nutriberries in it.
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Should we be concerned about parrotlets eating colored paper towels?
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Just saw this, sorry. You mean like "Chewing" (not eating right?) the kind of paper towel with things printed on it? No, I don't think that is a problem. Its the color printed newspaper you need to avoid. I personally would not let my birds chew on regular newspaper either. If it leaves ink on my hands i don't want it in their mouths. I'm fine with it under the grate where they just poop on it.

I just had a friend tell me her girl chewed on some regular newspaper and then was sick for a couple days, she had to take her to the vet. Has this happened to anyone else?
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Just saw this, sorry. You mean like "Chewing" (not eating right?) the kind of paper towel with things printed on it? No, I don't think that is a problem. Its the color printed newspaper you need to avoid. I personally would not let my birds chew on regular newspaper either. If it leaves ink on my hands i don't want it in their mouths. I'm fine with it under the grate where they just poop on it.

I just had a friend tell me her girl chewed on some regular newspaper and then was sick for a couple days, she had to take her to the vet. Has this happened to anyone else?
Actually the regular newspaper that leaves ink on your hands is because they changed their ink a while back to a non toxic soy based ink that is environmentally friendly and non toxic. So newspaper chewing is not considered harmful to birds

Slicks, like many catalogue and inserts, still use the older based more toxic inks and should not be allowed to be chewed on.
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Should we be concerned about parrotlets eating colored paper towels?
I would not be. She has to chew something and paper towels are better than most.
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Simple and cheap is the way to go for toys-----Ollie loves white plastic cup he throws around.
He chews a little newpaper, but never the slick glossy kind. White paper towels are chewed on, too. they line his cage above the grate. Soft for his tootsies.
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Yeah, truth be told he lacks shreddable toys in his cage. I'll go back to DIY videos and get busy. Any tips about materials?
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