Toy birds how to make a cardboard toy for parakeets tutorial guide cheap toys
Toy birds how to make a cardboard toy for parakeets tutorial guide cheap toys

How to make a fun cardboard toy for your birds

As they are highly intelligent animals, it is important that birds receive sufficient mental stimulation.

This will help prevent them from becoming bored, depressed and destructive. We have previously written about how to teach your parakeet to behave badlybut prevention is better than cure. The easiest way to meet this need is to provide your pet with plenty of safe toys.

Because birds' toys often need to be replaced and because their toys are often shredded, broken or otherwise torn upit can help to have a few extras on hand.

A creative way to give your bird a fun toy is by giving it make it yourself at home. Cardboard toys are clean, non-toxic, easy to replace and fun, all of which make them great for birds and owners alike. To make simple toys for your bird, you need to gather the necessary materials:

What you need

  • One or two cardboard paper towel sleeves
  • Food colouring
  • A clean new brush (any size)
  • Scissors
  • Four small containers for colouring
  • Two cups of cold water
  • Newspaper

Equipment / Tools

  • A clean new brush (any size)
  • Scissors
  • Four small containers for colouring

Materials

  • One or two cardboard paper towel sleeves
  • Food colouring
  • Two cups of cold water
  • Newspaper

Instructions for making the bird toy yourself

Once your supplies are collected, spread the newspaper over your work area to protect any surfaces from the dye.

Prepare the dye

Once your workspace is clear and covered with newspaper, you should start preparing the dye you are going to use to colour the cardboard. Start by adding 1/2 cup of water to each of the four containers. Then add 30 to 45 drops of food colouring in each cup so that the colouring is very dark. Because cardboard is brown instead of white, the dye must be very darkso that it remains visible once the tube is dry.

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Paint the colours on the tube

After the colours have been mixed, use a paintbrush to paint the dye onto the cardboard tube. Make sure you use a used a new, clean brush. Brushes that have been used before may contain residues of potentially toxic paint, which could make your bird sick if it swallows them. Use a basting motion to transfer the dye to the tube and make sure the cardboard is completely soaked with colour to get a bright result once dry. Don't worry if the colours mix or blend together. This can create a nice playful effect that many birds enjoy!

Put the tube upright to dry

When you have finished colouring the tubes, place them upright in a safe place to dry overnight. Make sure that the tubes are completely dry before you try to cut them. The wet tubes are very thin and fragile and may fall apart if not dried properly. If you can't wait to surprise your bird, it is possible to speed up the drying process by using a hair dryer on a low setting. Make sure that you work over the newspaper when doing this, because the power of the dryer sometimes causes droplets of paint to fly!

Cut the tube

After the tube is dry, use scissors to cut out spirals, rings and other shapes from the cardboard. Don't be afraid to get creative with this project. There are endless adaptations you can make to this toy with items lying around the house.

For example, if you have some string handy, try stringing a few cardboard rings together to make a chain. If you have some large buttons, attach them to a cardboard ring to make an interesting toy for your bird. When you cut the shapes, rings and spirals out of the tube, make sure that you remove the parts of the pipe with rings of glueso that your bird doesn't eat it! Although most of the glue is washed away during painting, the amount that remains can be toxic if swallowed. Remember to cut out these parts of the tube and not offer them to your bird.

Surprise your bird with the new toy!

When you have cut the tubes into shapes you like, give the toy to your bird. Some birds are at first perhaps worried about the new items - If this happens, simply place the toys near his cage until he is sure they are not a threat.

Once you have cut the tubes into spirals and rings, it is fun to get them around the bars of your bird's cage. Your pet will have a lot of entertainment when he tries to figure out how to get them off, and once he does, he'll have a nice colourful prize that he can shred and play with.

Remember that these toys are intended as short-term disposable entertainment for your bird. Never leave them in your bird's cage for more than 24 hours. There is a chance that bacteria can grow on the cardboard, which can lead to health problems in your pet. Keep playtime safe by removing these toys after a day of fun.

There are no right or wrong ways to complete this project, as long as you and your bird enjoy it. Be creative and try different techniques. You may be surprised to find that your bird prefers your homemade creations to purchased toys. Have fun!

Don't feel like doing it yourself? Then we recommend the following toys for birds:

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