As a quick update, Taylor still has a swollen crop, but is looking happy and healthy (other than the large bulge on his chest) in his hospital box. He has eaten the entire sprig of millet I gave him last night, as well as part of his seed and pellet mixture. I also caught him drinking this morning, so he is eating, drinking, and pooping, all essential to life! Tay also has an appointment down at Northview tomorrow at 11:40. So, hopefully we will find out what is wrong with him and remedy it!
I also found a vet to shadow over the summer on my days off from Petscapes! I called Dr. Hope today from Hope Veterinary Hospital and he said I was welcome to come anytime, for surgeries on Tuesday and Friday mornings, to office hours throughout the week. I am so pumped! So, I’m sure I’ll have many good things to write about!
However, today I decided to do a fun installation about making your own bird toys. Bella enjoys shredding things up, and therefore goes through toys like water. Because the average bird toy runs around $5-$10 depending on how complex and big it is, I have decided to start making a lot of my own. So, I am going to share some of my secrets with you. Shh.
I don’t really name these things. This particular toy is a basic paper shredding toy. It’s ideal for budgies up to conures or amazons. I wouldn’t want to make this toy for a macaw, because they would probably look at it and it would fall apart. So, this is recommended for smaller shredders.
- Two or more pieces of colored paper, your choice
- Yarn or another type of string
- a bird to keep you company. Little Erin is our model today, because she’s just so darn cute.
cut the pieces of colored paper into strips width wise. Depending on your birds size, you may need to cut these pieces wider or thinner than mine. I made a matching toy for Erin and her strips were much thinner.
Bend the strips back and forth to make an accordion style piece of paper. Bend each strip separately. Its faster to bend them all together, but then they all spoon each other and it doesn’t make as fun of a toy.
Continue bending until you have enough strips bent to make a decent size wad of paper.
place all the strips together at the center and tie with yarn around. Wrap a few times to make a tougher toy and make sure there are no loops that can easily catch a bird leg. Leave a tail of yarn for tying into the cage. Erin decided she wanted this one.
Tie new toy into bird-cage. Here is an angry Bella with her new toy. She wasn’t happy I let it invade her space. I kinda like pissing her off though because she looks so dinosaur like when she puts that little ruff of feathers up on the back of her neck!