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Great idea! Thanks for the tip Chet. I really need to get going with foraging type activities for Bella (my Timneh) She’s doing just fine but I know she’ll enjoy this kind of activity.
Chet — I do not see a video to watch!
Also — in the pdf you sent, the links do not work. Now what?
that looks great and quite fun for the bird to play. well my problem is that where I live there aren’t many pet stores that sell these kind of toys so I was wondering if you could show how to make these toys out of organic materials. I’d appreciate it.
Hi………Pooguy pronouncedd poo-g-ee, a 2yr old maroon chested conure I have had him 1 yr now. He is very socialable w/me and seems bossy and or aggressive towards others. I have been asked to take a love bird from some friends. My question is……….Would this new bird interfere with pooguy and mine relationship? Would pooguy pick up the love birds very loud screeching yells & is that a behaviour that is easy to tame. Are these two birds compatible and able to spend time in same room together???? thank you for any advice Melvina BTW Pooguy had his first swim two weeks ago hahhahahah. now off to watchthe video
That is a WONDERFUL idea! My macaw loves the pinatas BUT will love them even more now.
Thank You, Chet!
Will these approaches work for parakeets? (with smaller toys, of course)
This is a great idea.
I have a Sengalese Parrot who chews everything I give Her/Him and I find it too expensive to keep replacing these chewies.
We do have Petsmart nearby but their products are pricey and I dont like the dye in a lot of their bird products.
I use sisal rope, bamboo coils with rope in between and she has them devoured with an hour or two.
She is so good natured and loves to be petted and rubbed and have her head scratched but I cant do that all day and she gets so bored.
I let her out of the cage quite often, BUT have to watch for the cat who appears unannounced at times so I cannot leave her out unsupervised.
I like the idea of making something myself with “surprises” inside but since she is a small parrot I dont want to give her too many treats which takes her away from her pellets and fruit.
Did I mention she is noisy ? Oh Yeah!
We communicate from room to room with whistles. but this doesnt always stop her “yelling”.
Aside from that she is so good, but loves to chew my window frames and the cedar wall panels.
So to make something for her would be very helpful.
I have taken to painting Tobasco Sauce on the frames and that does the trick but I worry that it may be bad for her.
Thanks for your newsy updates.
One of the first things I did with my Jenday conure Nikki (once I could handle her thanks to you) was to use one of those and stuff the treats in the little holes on the outside. Then I put it in my lap and let her forage for them. She loved it. But eventually she got bored, more my fault than hers I’m sure, and I stopped using it. This video was a great reminder for me that I should try again. I’ve stuffed it with sunflower seeds ( a real treat as she doesn’t get many). Put it in her cage and we’ll see if her interest revives. Thanks for all you do and the great ideas. Keep them coming.
I agree with Margaret in that when I opened your email to watch the video “Taking A Knife To Your Bird’s Toys”, there was no video there to watch, only a big, white blank box with nothing there to even click on to watch it!
I really appreciate your attempts in showing us your videos but can you fix this somehow so that we can see/watch it?
Chet â€” I do not see a video to watch!
chet- I think you are a wizard.
Great Idea thanks. I also appreciate all the emails you send me with tips. You are obviously a true bird lover the way you give out free information online.
BTW, please watch the foraging toys you get from various stores. I bought some Kaytee foraging boxes from Target. My cockatiel wouldn’t touch them, so I opened them up for him a few days after purchasing them, only to discover that inside, they were all covered with green and white mold. It was disgusting and because of many bird’s delicate respiratory systems, these foraging toys could have been deadly for the bird. My suggestion ? Always check inside the toy to make sure they are safe for your birds.
Best Wishes to you Chet.
Don’t have cockatiel, No-More. I got 2 java finches. 1 female & Male
As always come to the experts. Thanks
how do you get the cockatiel to go after the toy and what kind of treat to train them?
jasmin, i just read your message.we do not have a wide variety of toys
to choose from here either. i ordered 9 months worth of toys from this
website and they were fantastic….my blue gold, Corona has enjoyed a
wide variety of toys from chet and his company.
….chet, thank you for the idea to cut into his straw toys…
i also use a pizza box and wrap treats in construction paper to hide in
the pizza box.it keeps Corona happy all day while im at work.
great idea, but what do you do if there’s nothing your bird like for a treat???
I actually wrote about that exact thing a few weeks ago on the blog. And the answer is I actually stuff a majority of my birds diet into these types of toys, INSTEAD of his food bowls.
Thanks Chet – What a good idea! My wife has an African Grey two years old – Ozzy – Very intelligent – but become board quickly with his toys. I often see that he does not always need and whant expensive toys to play with – Basic toilet rols – Plastic Cigaret liters ( all small parts being removed) Diffrent collours of the same toy and …….
Regards Andre (South Africa)
I cannot get to see any of these toys – can get to the page to order them…yes..but to view no..I have an African Grey that loves toys but also one cannot bribe him with any treat.
You sent me the video to watch, but unfortunately I am unable to open it. Have installed the latest version of Abode but still nothing??
I live in South Africa. Do you perhaps have an agent here for us to buy the training videos from, as we constantly experience problems trying to buy the stuff by Credit Card facility. Seems to me the banks have problems in accommodating the overseas market buying and selling.
i have a new rand reard baby cockatiel who is 8 wks old and he is realy tame but he dosnt know how to play yet. is there a way i could tech him to play with his toys. he gets a long realy well with my budgie and loves to eat. i dont realy want to put paper toy things in the cage. is there another way to tech him to play
hi one more question how do you get your bird to try diferant foods coz my birds are realy picky
i don’t have any sound
Chet, Another real inexpensive version of this is taking two old tube socks and putting one in side the other creating a thick woven sock. Next I take a combination of food and nuts and begin to fill the sock 1/3 full using a home made funnel (cup with the bottom cut out). To seat all the goodies at the bottom of the sock swing the sock rapidly by holding the top and whirling it in circle. Finally suspend the sock above the bird and them them begin to forage. Truly it is a 3 day toy at the minimum.
I do this with all of Daisy’s toys ( Timneh grey )
It works a treat, banana chips or walnut halves, she wouldnt touch a coco nut the other day , until I had “enhanced ” it a little !
The other thing I would recommend is a large coop pot fastened with its hanger( I think thats what they are called ) Daisy’s is at the bottom of her cage, its filled with toys, bits of paper, the odd pellet and banana chips etc, large beads, chunks of wood, foot toys, etc etc, that keeps her busy for ages as she empties it !
She loves her foraging toys, even when they are empty. A bird needs to forage !!!
that sounds good but my birds are freaks
Thanks for the good idea, I really needed something new to keep fisty Dewey busy. I would like to know, is it a good or bad idea to place a mirror in his house? Thanks again!
Hello Chet: I recently aquired another bird from a nurse that i know. she had not time for her sunconure, and her kids at the same time. some one from the docs. office told her that i loved birds, so she brought him to me. the first three days he was biteing me, and thanks to you, and the tricks you had sent me they really work. after the three days i worked with him!! he does not bite any more. thanks to you. I took your ideas, and used them and they really work. thanks a lot. Rosemary
For some of you guys who are having trouble watching this video, you can also view it by going to YouTube.com Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4R5iZlTqKg&feature=channel_page
I really love these tidbits. I just wish I could find more toys sized for my lovebird. Most of te foraging toys I have found are for large parrots.
I have found some recycled paper boxes but I was hoping to find mazes and treasure chests. Any suggestions?
Cannot get the video to respond? My IE explorer browser has no add-ons and will not display the video, so I just switched browsers. I switched to Firefox and now I can play the video with its accompanying sound
I enjoy and learn a lot from your emails. My little Orange Wing Amazon is always on top of the cage during the day where she has two kinds of perches. She eats there and spents the whole day there; unless I put her on a perch in the sunroom in the evening after the sun goes goes to an other area. Whenever I try to give her something to play with, she squacks and rejects it as if she is afraid. She does not know how to play with it. What can I do to tech her and what can I start her with. She is around ten years old. I hope you’ll have an answer for me and “Ciccia”. Ciao for now. Thank you. Lilla.
Thanks Chet for all your great ideas. The love you have for birds comes through loud and clear. and your ideas are wonderful and very useful for our bird companions.
Could you tell me, if there is anything I can do for a feather plucker? I have taken him, a Sulphur crested Cockatoo out of a horrible situation, where he was left in a hallway in a small cage, with no interaction and only seeds to eat. Now he has a mate in the cage next to him, fresh healthy food, daily interaction and cuddles with me, outdoor huge aviary for nice weather, is never left alone, as I work from home. Had him now for 1 year, but he still plucks his feathers. He is already bold on tummy and back. What else can I do?? Am I missing something?
Love you Chet, you are the greatest, thanks for all you are doing to help pet birds.
dear chet i woud like some ideas 4 my new bird to be ocupied while i go to school
Thank you for your regular news letters. My African Gray has an empty bottle to play with. It would grab the bottle by the neck and bump it repeatedly against it’s swing, then grabs the swing to topple over. The moment it succeeds in being able not to loose it’s grip on the bottle while winging from one leg, it would whisle and kick the bottle until it falls. Then it would be attacking the bottle at the bottom of the cage, until it decides to take the bottle back up to the swing. It can keep itself fascinated with this one toy for hours. I take the bottle out regularly to clean it (or replace it), but the bird does not like it if I touch the bottle. This is the cheapest and dearest toy I ever gave the bird with such success.
This looks really good. We’re slowly progressing with our cockatoo and have strung up some entwined rope and chain in his cage which he plays with as well as some bells, plastic rings and other toys. We’re even begun inside flight training as we have a very long hallway and I remember you saying this is a good way to wear out a bird and a tired bird is a quiet bird. Thanks for all your tips.
Thank you so much for the tip. I can hardly wait for my African Grey (Congo) to wake up so I can try this out with her.
I emailed you a few weeks ago about a problem I was/am having with my Grey, but I don’t believe I have received a response. I am disturbed about this one issue we are having, but other than this behavior she is a delightful bird. Can you please write back at a convenient time and allow me to explain my situation and see if you are able to advise me as to a course of action.
Thanks again for all the support and encouragement that you extend.
This all is great but my cockatoo is scared of everything I put in her cage. She will play with things if I am holding her but in her cage she is afraid of the very same toy she enjoyed outside the cage with me. Any suggestions?
I have owned parakeets, a cockatiel and now a rescued Gray. Although he has never been friendly with any of his previous owners (too many for a baby 5-yr old to have had) he took to me right away–even regurgitating food into my hand! I’ve gained so much from your newsletters as I’m trying to convince my family that he’s a sweetheart and not the DEMON they accuse him of being. Thanks — I’ll be a regular–I’m going to the Bird Supplies site now.
I have a small 1 year old cockatiel who can’t stop chewing his tail feathers off. He chews at the feathers bottom so it falls of and goes right on to the next one. I’ve tried to distract him with toys, attention, food, and training. I don’t want to tell him no because I don’t want to stop preening. Do you have any advise on this problem? Thnx
HELP my bird wont play with any of his toys even with this trick he is a Quacker parrot named lilly well anyway love your video need help so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thank you
Umm i got a budgie he is so grumpy and i can not hold him he always bites me.ummm silky (my budgie)will all ways lift his door up and let it drop back down again it is him just saying he wants to come out but i go to let him out and he will just sit at the door like he wants me to get him out so i go to his cage and put my finger to his chest but then he full bites my finger i try to stay as still as i can but yer he will let go and then just sit there.another thing is that he will not eat anything else except his bird seed.i have tried apple and lettuse but he does not even try to eat it and i put it on a kebab stick some times and hang it in his cage but he does not eat it then. So if you know any thing that could help me i would appriceate it.
HI HOW CAN I TEECH MY RAINBOW LORI NOT TO POOP SO MUCH SHE ALWAYS DOING THAT PLP HELP
I love the cutting toy idea, it gave me an idea to get my new parrotlet to eat something besides his seeds. Don’t know if it will work yet, just started today but I took a broccoli flowerette and cut it and stuck little sunflower seeds in it. I am hoping he will at least TRY the broccoli. Thanks for the ideas!
Chet, I bet you thought I’d never make a response. I cannot afford to lay out money. But I get alot out of the snippets that you send me. My Rainbow Lorrikeet RED now cant wait to get out so she can prune me. I’m now starting work with BEATRICE my Sky Blue African Ring Neck. My birds are happier because I now know a bit about how to be there mate not there owner. Thankyou Chet. Keep the info coming. Can you fine tune me on the POWER PAUSE Please Chet. I support my animals and myself on $AUD200- per fortnite. I’m battling but my birds are my sanity.
my sun conure,beautiful and i love him and have spoiled him for his 8 and a half years..the past 3 weeks he has turned really mean..bits at my clothes when hanging them up..my socks when i put them on and just really mean about everything..i’m so angry at him i may take him to the vet and get his wings clipped,hate to do it but whjat do you think..for awhile anyway..i love him to death..i’m anentertainer and he is on my facebook,my space,utube,you name it..now i’m concerned..he has not been to his doctor for almost 2 years..i have let his beak grow and his toe nails..don’t want to hurt him..reason,when he sees the vet,a great bird doctor here in indiana, he goes into a seizure and he did it the last 2 times he was at the vet getting his beak trimed..he has never been sick.during the day i take him on my golf cart and he’s fine.he loves it..got a smaller cage he sits and eats in all day..at night he sleeps under the covers..but anything with a noise he goes nuts..worse than before..especially a vacume cleaner..thank you,paul
My quaker, Guapo, was rescue bird..I’m his 4th owner in 2 years and boy was he vicious and fearful of everything!! but I bought you pkg. last year when I got him and it was the best money I ever spent. 3 days and he was stepping up nicely, learned to wave on command in about 10 minutes, climbs his ladder on command anything for a sunflower seed. Recently, I have even started training him to wear a little poncho!! Too cute! Julia (above) was asking about her quaker being fearful of toys and not playing well, I had the same problem with Guapo. I followed your advice of getting him out where he was comfortable then I’d introduce the toy and act like it was the most fascinating thing I had ever seen, even holding it between my lips and making exciting noises. His fear vanished in about 30 seconds and he voluntarily walked over to the toy and on the “touch” command would touch it with his beak!! He will now “wave” or hold up his foot if he wants something I have or even if he wants my other hand near him so he can preen me! Julie….I would think, though, this would only work if your parrot already trusts you and has no fear issues with you or your hands but I might be wrong and if you haven’t bought Chet’s pkg. and followed it to the letter you should do so immediately! Chet Thanks for all of your help with Guapo! I would be interested in a parrot posture email or ebook, I know you sent out one with about 15 or so behaviors but I would like something more comprehensive…like what does it mean when all of his head feathers puff upetc.? Thanks again!!
Within a few days of receiving and studying Chet’s basic training materials, my then 13 week old Quaker Parrot, R3boot was allowing me to touch him and was well on the way to the great companion he is just 3 short weeks later. My bird is already talking up a storm, and we both look forward to our first shipment of worry free bird toys. As I type I’m thrilled to share that my bird trying to get my attention by practicing his newest words… counting to 10…IN BINARY! (definately I’ll post that one when he has mastered it)
Especially for new bird owners like myself, Chet’s communication, information and encouragement is like having a professional trainer right next door. Keep the emails, videos and great educational offerings coming!
R3boot and I are glad we found the wealth of info and support through birdtricks.com!
i live in kurdstan of iraq .do you have an agent in iraq to buy the training videos if not what i do. thanks
Please contact Bird Tricks customer service at email@example.com.
hello is it possible to train two 2 year old cockateils?
Haha Tico knew it was there. And is it possible to trick train a two year old parakeet
I already started touch training and it works great. But my parakeet will not learn tricks!
I’d like toy’s to people who have Budgies Like you’r Maximus ( Did I spell it right? ) because my bird has this habit. He flies down onto my keyboard or my hand. And just sit’s there biting me whenever I use my hand! If I then put him onto his cage. He just flies directly down there again and start’s over! I dont know what to do, I wonder if it’s because I’m a bad owner?
Haha very funny
my african gray hates the spray its like a punishment for him ..
this bird is absolutely beautiful!
This is an excellent toy, my Too needs something like this so…So where can one buy a toy like this??
Ha i cheat
i am s.santhosh i am also a member of your free course i have a pair parrot cocktail if i enter my hands inside the cage itself it starts flapping it’s wing , scares and hides away in the edge of the cage . can you make a solve for this problem will you send it in my next mail.(firstname.lastname@example.org).
That’s what we do here. If your bird is only marginally bad, I’d recommend our regular course at http://www.birdtricks.com/training-course But if you think they have some serious fear or anger issues, I’d recommend our Seminar DVD series http://www.birdtricks.com/seminarvideos/2.html
i love your bird tips. i have a problem how ever,i have no credit card and i live in Australia.i want your books, toys and DVD`s.have you got an Australian contact? thanks for tips.
Thank you so much for the link to your, YOUTUBE. All the videos that I have not been able to open
Including this one are on it.
Thanks Chet, for the great idea, and the videos, i got good ideas from them, Mike
Chet, It is very frustrating that all of your videos don’t come in well on my computer, they continuously pause every few seconds so I don’t usually end up watching the whole v ideo !
hi, will a half moon conure parrot get along with cockatie?
Please can you tell me when you will becoming to Western Australia to perform and demonstrate the wonderful training techniques you have with birds. If you need a volunteer for your acts, i am sure my new parrot ” Eco” would be happy to assist. I have been buying him baby toys, but the best toy he likes is a cheap fluffy little ball which i throw and he brings it back to me. Poor little thing he carn’t run fast enough for it. It is good exercise for him before he goes to bed.
We play ball every night for 10 minutes. I will have to think of something else soon.
Do you respond vie my email address, if not where.
Sorry chet, i spelled your name wrong on my last comment, its late and i can stop reading all the wonderfull ideas you and your fans submit.
Thanks for the great tip!
Thanks for that tip. I will try it with my conure, he is bored but yells if I hang a toy up in his cage and just attacks it.
This sounds like a great idea, but if I kept this toy in my B/G’s cage any longer than an hour, he would have the entire thing disassembled. His bird brain goes into a frenzy.
BUT, the idea is great!
Where do you get these kind of birds?!?!?!?!
where is the video?
Hi Chet. I’ve recently inherited a yellow naped amazon named Pancho. He is 21 yrs old and has spent much of his life in his cage. I ordered the parrot training kit and it has worked amazingly! But… in target training him, he seems to attack the wooden perch. I try to avoid him biting it, but in order for him to step up, I have to get it close to him. He still won’t step up without me having to force (entice) him to with another wooden perch. We’ve been working on this for about a week now… How can I get him to step up onto my hand and lose the fear?
Fantastic and Creative idea!
MY Cockatiel will love this, regardless its size.
HIS Sengal will destroy it (with fury) ….then go for MY juggler.
Sold! I’ll take two of them!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT IDEA. I HAVE DONE THIS FOR MY MACALL__PEANUT– AND IT HAS KEPT HER BUSY & MORE PLAYFOL. AGAIN THANK YOU SHARON & PEANUT
Cant get the video to play.
My 6 year old Quaker, Buddy stays entertained from dawn to dark building with shish kebab sticks
(points removed). Builds platforms into the sides of his cage, Once finished, climbs
outside pulls them out and starts rebuilding. Got the idea when I read a Quaker
is the only parrot that builds with sticks. He is so smart, has the mentality and
vocabulary of a 3 or 4 year old. Sometime it is shocking as to his intelligence.
We found an african grey parrot almost dead in the park. After 10 days at the vet we now have him home and think he is about 30 years old. How do I get him to stop biting? How do I get him to let us touch him without using a glove> He isn’t aftraid of the glove and will step up the minute he sees it, but will bite our hands when he sees them. I can touch his beek, but he won’t allow us to touch him anywhere else. What do we do? He is a very loving happy talkative bird and loves to play the whistling game with use. He doesn’t seem to know how to play with toys. I’ll try the hide and seek game with him and see if that works.
dont worry i dont have a makah RIGHT now like on 2 – 27 – 2011! okay?!
Interesting Chet. Especially after the email message on bird toys. Which brings me to this vid, I just seen through here on making bird toys (would love to order toys from you,,,,but just don t have funds to do that as much as would LOVE too)
I’m wondering about the safety of like the straws, and plastic water bottles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDDX9r_uixw&feature=player_embedded
nice video on golden macaw i like this clip<<<<<<<
Well thank you Chet for all the free videos they were vary helpful and saved my parrots life