I have been hoarding bird toy parts for a long time now. Well, I was going through stuff and thinking I could downsize, which I have done before, but never with any real gusto. I then thought about how much I enjoy making toys. My Quaker boys – whom I affectionately call “my little monsters” – really are particular about their toys, so they are kind of boring to make toys for.
That’s when I decided to open up my own bird toy shop.
It came to my attention that when I say something like “make the end of the rope into a loop” that it is not as straightforward for some people as it is for me! Thus, here is a video showing you how!
And here is how you can make a double strand:
Want 4 strands to make a toy without a toy base?
Hopefully that clears it up and explains it a bit more for those of you who needed extra assistance!
By far the simplest way of making skewer fillers is to use a length of rope, make a loop to slide onto the skewer, and fill with any matter of items.
Yesterday, I lost my Hahns Macaw, Gizmo, to an extremely unfortunate toy accident.
Gizmo chewed away the vine ball and wedged her head between the poly rope and bagel and couldn’t get out. I assumed her head was too big to fit. It wasn’t. If I had been there I could have cut the rope and got her out easily. But I wasn’t.
Do you ever look at a toy somewhere and think, “Geez, I could make that for a lot cheaper?” I certainly do! Sometimes the sticker shock makes me think I might be overpaying for an item if I buy it from a vendor.
Recently I decided to take on the challenge of making a version of the I Got a Woody Bird Toys’ “Wacky Woody” , specifically the Barrel Bead version. The toys look awesome; they are full of the chippable barrel beads that my Hahn’s covets so much. I tend to be a cheapskate, and the $35 to $40 price tag made me a bit dizzy. I happened to have the materials on hand, and set out today to see what really goes into this toy.
I made this refillable hoop swing recently for my pionus. I got many requests for a guide on how to make it, so here it goes. I will split the instructions into two posts.
Time for us to continue to fill our skewers! Today’s design is super simple: just some balsa blocks on a pine (or similar) base!