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Message #388.

Name:Lynda
Date:Wednesday September 17, 2003 10:36:03 pm MDT
Subject:Cheap toys
Message:Here are some cheap toy ideas for those looking for them.

A hit here is a bundle of straws with a plastic zip tie zipped tightly in the middle. It forms like a star. Some of my conure freinds use colorful coffeee stirrers. Zip ties can be found at Home Depot. Electricians use them to bundle wire.

Branches from bottle brush trees and orange trees. I sterilize the branches in the oven to kill bugs then pass them out. The birds love stripping bark. Flowers from the hibiscus bush are fun also and safe to eat. I just rinse them well

A cotton glove filled with dry grass and crunchy stuff. Tie tightly on top and hang from the top of the cage. My conures love to chew through cloth the holes in my shirts testify to that.

Birdie bagels. They are circles of compressed brown paper. Under a dollar and lots of shredding fun. I find mine at bird fairs. they also can be found at some stores online.

I get brown napkins from Taco bell and tie them in bows for fun foot toys. popsicle sticks and old fashioned wooden clothes pins are great chewing fun.
I search the dollar stores for good bird things. That is where I find the cotton gloves.

I purchase toy kits from http://www.discountbirdtoys.com . She will soon start selling toy parts also.  I get cute conure toys for under ten dollars. Toys for my big bird run about fifteen in a kit.

Watch out for yarn in toys. It will snag toe nails and cause injury. so will soft cotton rope. Also watch out for rope that separate. Many a bird has been found hung in the cage because it got it's head tangled up in a rope toy. I prefer sisal or poly rope for my toys.  Never use any metal that you do not know for sure is stainless steel! Hope this helps.
 Lynda

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