Buy or Make: IGAW’s Wacky Woody

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.

My results:

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Skewer Fillers: Introduction

What’s a skewer filler, exactly? The first time I remember hearing about them was on Avian Avenue when a member there, saroj12, brought the idea up to the vendors there. The idea is that it’s a small part of a toy that is made to be strung up onto a stainless steel skewer. It is a safer option that eliminates things that can pose potential threats to our birds such as loose ropes or chains. It also can be a good alternative for birds that quickly undo or snip through other toys. Aside from that, it’s a fun way to make toys that are easy to make and refill! Here are some examples of skewer fillers that Crystal over at Crystal’s Bird Toys makes:

Skewer Fillers

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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?

Forage/Foot Toy Basket

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Re-purposing Foot Toys

Someone please tell me I am not the only one with this issue. I buy a bunch of foot toys for my birds that I think they will love, and then they sit, sad and forlorn in a foot toy basket, for months. Time to do something about it!

For this post, I will be covering the re-purpose of three foot toys that are awesome products, they just aren’t in a format that my birds prefer.

Foot Toy Repurposing

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Paper Cup Forager

I don’t often shop at Oriental Trading, but when they had a sale recently where you could get free shipping on any order (instead of the normal $49 minimum) I took advantage by make a $4 order for these cute paper “shot glasses”. I like them because they are short and 100% paper (no wax coating) – making them perfect for a forging toy for my smaller birds!

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