It’s easy to make safe and fun toys for your parakeet. Always bear in mind the health & safety check: “Is it too big, too sharp, a potential trap, or toxic?” Try some of the toy ideas in the list below - they’re easy to make, and you may as well save a few dollars and have a bit of DIY fun rather than paying for store-bought versions.
Parakeet Toys to Make
- Twig balls – twist some washed twigs and/or dried grass together. Your parakeet will spend hours undoing all your good work… but that’s the whole idea. Hide some millet spray inside for a piñata effect.
Parakeet with twig ball - simple fun
- Balsa wood hanging towers – drill holes in disks or chunks of balsa and pass a rust-proof skewer or long bolt through them to form a climbing/swinging tower. If using a skewer, ensure the sharp end is screwed into some hard wood. Hang it from the top of the cage.
- Dowel ladder – get a thick piece of wood and drill holes at different heights and angles, matching the diameter of wooden dowelling rods. Poke the dowelling through the larger piece of wood, and secure your creation to the side of the cage with a plastic zip tie or eye-hook, resting the other end on the cage bottom. If your instinct is for something neater, you can make a standard ladder using dowelling too.
Is that all you've got? DIY parakeet accessories can do MUCH better than this store-bought toy!
- Moving ladder – drill holes through the centre of dowelling sticks and small wooden blocks and thread them in alternate layers using string or leather with a large knot in the end. Suspend your rotating ladder creation from the top of the cage.
- Bell chain – recycle suitable bells from old bird toys, or buy some small non-rusting metal bells. Rig them up on a hanging chain or trapeze. Don’t use any bell or chain with the potential for trapping your bird’s beak or foot.
- Sweetcorn swing – string some large wooden beads on a string, interspersed with sweetcorn cores.
- Hanging ring perch – thread a length of thick, knotted string through a hole in a wide wooden or plastic ring. Thread another, diametrically opposite. You need two more, so that each hole is 90 degrees from its neighbor. Fasten the four ends to a stick of non-toxic wood, and tie a very short length of parakeet-friendly chain to the centre of the stick. Hang the perch from the top of the cage.
- Paper curls – cut several 1cm wide, 10cm long strips of paper. Use a flour and water ‘glue’ or egg white to fix them to a lollipop stick. When the glue is completely dry, create the curls by running them between your finger and thumb, making each curl a different length.
An Omleteer, 31 July 2022
DO NOT DO ANY THAT REQUIRE STRING!! YOUR BIRD WILL EAT IT AND IT WONT BE ABLE TO PASS THROUGH! IT WILL END IN EITHER HAVING TO PUT IT DOWN OR A VERY RISKY, EXPENSIVE SURGERY