>my two 'tiels, Sam & Ella used to play with their toys but seem to have
>lost interest in them...they seem bored unless they're out of their cages,
>running around the floor and eating the carpet...except when the phone
>near the computer rings. Then they fly around like crazy. Luckily Sam
>is very agile, but Ella is younger and is still a bit clumsy. I feel bad
>that they're bored when I'm away during the day...
Uh, if, when your a child, you only had 1-2 toys, would you have been bored,
Remember, by most accounts, most psitticines have the mentality of two-
year-olds. They are quite intelligent and imaginative. Toys are an important
part of keeping them active while you can't play with them. Boredom will
possibly lead to feather-plucking or worse behavior.
Your solution? Buy those bappies some new toys! My wife and I enjoy caring
for two male 'Tiels and a female Caique ... and the three of them share a
computer-paper box FULL of toys which we rotate into their cages on a
Alas, good for the "kids" (and bad for the family bird budget), my wife is a
BTJ ("Bird Toy Junky") and cannot resist buying new toys whenever we attend
a bird show or visit our local store.