>Hi again, Diane :)
>I would like to get some toys for JayJay, but don't want to overdo it. Can yo
>(or anyone else!) make any suggestions for inexpensive toys? Also, I really
>like those tree stands, but don't wanna pay 40-45 dollars for one!
>have a good idea of how to make one for a person with two left hands?
Mozart the tiel is going thru a "I want to chew on Daddy's leather belt"
stage, so I asked around at the pet stores about untreated leather. Some
guy (a customer at a pet store) told me to check out craft and hobby
stores. He said that they will sell s***(untreated) leather for fairly
cheap. You can use this to make JayJay a chew type toy (for a lot less
than the ones in stores).
I saw a toy with 2 strips of leather (like
thick boot laces) and some cotton rope (~1/8" thick). They were stuck
thru a piece of acrylic which had a clip on it, for $10! I figured that I
could make something like that using wood instead of acrylic
for much less.
I have found that Tiels have very simple tastes. Mozart loves playing
with a Bic pen (minus the insert). I also bought some clips to lock
his cage doors (I should have named him Houdini). He loves playing with
them or other pieces of stainless steel. Well, he loves dropping them
and watching me pick them up. :)
As far as a tree stand, just cut a branch off of a tree (Note: look in
the FAQ or back issues of Bird Talk for a list of non-toxic trees) and
plant it in a large pot (using cement or sand, again, something
Good luck on your toy adventure. Just don't go out and buy too many toys,
my bird hates store bought toys. *grumble*