Jeff Sexton

Monday, June 05, 2017

Parot Toy Recycling

Toys are a necessity for parrots. And store bought bird toys are expensive. But I don't mind buying them now and then. For one thing they are generally handmade, so labor intensive, and that does justify the cost. For another they often include good, creative designs (that is, ideas we can use for toys we make ourselves).

But another nice thing about commercial toys is that once a toy is worn out, the surviving components can still be reused in new arrangements.

Take this house-shaped foraging toy for example. Harlan really loved this toy (as you can see) because it could be filled and refilled with treats that have to be chewed and clawed out. Even when the toy was pretty well done, Harlan still chewed the grassy material and the colorful wooden beads, most of which are still good.

The toy is (was) made of two mats with wooden blocks in between to create space, held together with cord and beads. Besides the surviving beads, the back mat is pretty good, as are blocks and the longer pieces of rope.
This toy has loads more life in it!
And Harlan definitely approves.

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