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DIY Bird Toys

June 15, 2018

Do you have a pet bird? Keeping Polly properly entertained is very important! You don’t have to spend a lot of money here, however: there are lots of great bird toys you can make at home. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, a local vet lists some simple DIY bird toys you can make for your feathered pal.

Egg Cartons

Save Styrofoam egg cartons. Cut the pockets out, fill them with small toys or treats, and close them up again. Presto!

Bottlecap Toy

Save plastic bottlecaps, until you have quite a few. Drill holes through the center, and then make hanging toys out of them with twine. Some things you can incorporate include wax paper cups, cupcake wrappers, and the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls.

Popsicle Sticks

Don’t throw those popsicle sticks away! Use them to make shapes and toys for your colorful little pet. Use nontoxic paint to give them a splash of color.

Phone Book

An old phone book can keep birds entertained for hours! Punch holes in the corner, and hang it in your pet’s cage.

Fun Basket

Pick up a woven basket. Check it carefully, to make sure there are no sharp splinters. If you get one with handles, wrap a soft cloth around them. Fill the basket with smaller playthings, such as clothespins, thread spools, poker chips, uncooked whole-wheat pasta, plastic bottlecaps, and small boxes.

Calculator Paper

Adding machine paper can actually be quite entertaining for Polly. Use cable ties to hang it from your winged buddy’s cage.

Straw Flower

Take about a dozen drinking straws, and tie them together with twine, so they fan out a bit. Voila!

Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are another easy treat. Hang them up with twine. Just be sure to check the ingredients first.

Ring Toys

Plastic shower curtain rings can form the basis of lots of fun hanging toys. You can add playing cards, beads, popcorn strings, poker chips, and other safe items.


Safety first! Never give Polly anything with small parts, sharp edges, or dangling ropes or threads. You’ll also want to be careful with some plastics, as your bird could choke on small, broken pieces. Ask your vet for more information.

Please call Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, anytime. We are here to help!