TIEL TOYS

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TIEL TOYS

Post by mar.. » Wed, 02 Mar 1994 02:32:09



Hi again, Diane :)

I would like to get some toys for JayJay, but don't want to overdo it.  Can you
(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!  Does anyone
have a good idea of how to make one for a person with two left hands?

JayJay is, as I type, preening happily on my shoulder :)   I have only had him
for several days and he seems so well adjusted, just like he has always been
here.  Is this usual?  Or do I just have an exceptionally bright, sweet bird?  

Mary in Texas

 
 
 

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Post by exu.. » Thu, 03 Mar 1994 03:29:15


  Mary,

  I have a tiel named KOOl and my wife made a  couple of interesting (to the bird)
  toys.  She looped a *** band around a top wire of the cage and then attached
  a plastic ring at the bottom looping it around in sortof a slipknot...
  Kool just loves it, she also tied some knots in the ***band and he spends
  hours just trying to untie them. I have some store bought toys and he just
  doesnt enjoy as much as the homemade ones.    
  Just be sure that your bird cannot bite into the ***band (mine can't)
  you wouldnt want him to ***on a piece, but I think those little guys
  are pretty talented with their peckers and probly wont be a problem.
  As for the playpen, I think i'll leave that to my bro-in-law the carpenter.

  Tim in Texax


Quote:

> Hi again, Diane :)

> I would like to get some toys for JayJay, but don't want to overdo it.  Can you
> (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!  Does anyone
> have a good idea of how to make one for a person with two left hands?

> JayJay is, as I type, preening happily on my shoulder :)   I have only had him
> for several days and he seems so well adjusted, just like he has always been
> here.  Is this usual?  Or do I just have an exceptionally bright, sweet bird?  

> Mary in Texas

 
 
 

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Post by Kevin C » Thu, 03 Mar 1994 05:04:58



Quote:

>  toys.  She looped a *** band around a top wire of the cage and then
>  a plastic ring at the bottom looping it around in sortof a slipknot...

Depending on how this is set up, it could possibly be a bad idea.  You
mention the budgie chews at the knots in the *** band which suggests
the *** band is accessible.  I believe *** bands are not safe bird
toys unless used with *** supervision.  There is too much danger of
strangulation.  Also, all the *** bands I've seen have been coated
with some sort of powder, which I wouldn't let a bird ingest.

About toys with mirrors:  The two budgies I lived with had mirrored toys,
and they bonded equally to the mirrors and the humans.  These budgies
never met each other though, that may be a factor.
--
Kevin Chu, an OS/2 user.           |           An owner with grapes

 
 
 

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Post by Joseph G. Call » Fri, 04 Mar 1994 01:22:58


Quote:

>Hi again, Diane :)

>I would like to get some toys for JayJay, but don't want to overdo it.  Can yo
u
>(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!
 Does anyone
>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
non-toxic).

Good luck on your toy adventure. Just don't go out and buy too many toys,
my bird hates store bought toys. *grumble*

Quote:

>Mary in Texas

Joe
 
 
 

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Post by Anurag Mehta P2 » Sat, 05 Mar 1994 06:15:23


        <...>
|> He loves playing with them or other pieces of stainless steel.
|> Well, he loves dropping them and watching me pick them up. :)
|>
        <...>
|>
|> Joe

        While on the topic of tiel passion for dropping things,
let me share with you Spike's latest obsession.

I normally seat him on the service window while I do dishes;
Among other things on the counter, I have a glass jar filled
with coins; _this_ Spike has taken a fancy to! He climbs on
the jar, and grabs a coin, tosses it into the sink, gives me
that funny li'l smirk, does the funky *head bobbing* number,
and goes back into the routine.

If I make any attempt to put the coins back into the jar, his
rate of tossing them into the sink DOUBLES!! It's funny how their
little heads can make a game out of almost anything!  

Ciao for now.
--
//Anurag Mehta             //To err is human.

 
 
 

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Post by Noir » Sun, 06 Mar 1994 11:59:26


After buying all the toys that looked fun to us, our 'tiel Vivoli decided
that the most fun thing in the world are brightly colored plastic-coated
paperclips.  I have made chains of these for her cage and clipped single
ones around in strategic places.  She also likes them loose, the better
to throw off the computer table!

Noire
--
"Don't take life so seriously...it's not a permanent condition."
                         Noire