Forage/Foot Toy Basket

On my (admittedly long) list of things I could not imagine keeping parrots without, a good basket full of foot toys and some treats is high up. It’s so simple, so easy, so cheap, and it keeps them happy and blissfully quiet. It’s also a fantastic way to use those toy parts that have been skillfully removed from their hanging counterparts. What’s not to love? 

Things You Will Need:

– 1 Basket (Dollar Store – $1)
– Various Foot Toys/Toy Parts (Costs range based on what you are using!)
– Crinkle Paper (Dollar Store – about $0.25 worth)
– Seed or other treat (varies)

Total Cost: Anywhere from $2 on up! Mine has about $5 worth of materials in it.
Total Time: Mere Moments

Forage Basket 1

Step 1: Clean your basket and add a small layer of seed, pellets, etc. You can skip this step if you do not want to make this a foraging opportunity for your bird.

Forage Basket with Seeds

Step 2: Toss in some foot toys, toy parts, etc. Anything goes!

Forage Basket with Toys

Step 3: Add in crinkle paper!

Forage Basket with Shred

Step 4: Add Parrots!

Add Parrots

Step 5: Enjoy the serenity and joy brought on by having your birds entertained!

I have found that my Quakers and Green Cheek were definitely more interested in this than my Hahns and Jardine's, but I have seen this style of toy enjoyed by many birds ranging from cockatiels, conures, budgies, and more! 

Other variation I have also done:

- Use a shallow cardboard box (like the kind canned veggies come on)
- Use a glass baking dish
- Do a smaller version inside the cage that clips to the side
- Use a paper pulp egg carton and put the seeds inside the cups, and then cover with foot toys and shred paper

One thing to note is that if your bird is hormonal, this may be seen as a nesting area. Definitely something to keep an eye on!

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