Parrot Toy Ideas

Some of the toys my parrots have enjoyed over the years are:

  • apple tree limbs and twigs with leaves still on them
  • one-piece clothes pins often found in craft stores

  • leather shoe laces and also cloth ones
  • whole dandelion plants, washed off- They are also good for them!
  • An old, stringy washcloth, just watch them so they don't get tangled up and injure themselves.
  • A piece of cholla if you live near cactus. I have a cousin who supplies it to me from the desert.
  • An old plastic cup with a nut or dry pieces of spaghetti or macaroni. Just don't use too many in case they eat them, it might swell up on them.
  • Cook up half an ear of corn on the cob, messy but good for them, and they love shredding them.

If anyone else has some good ideas, I know my parrot will appreciate them!

By Jacketbacker from Greer, SC

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Has anyone give me some new ideas on how to entertain a cute African parrot? What can I give him to keep him occupied? He likes to destroy his toys and they are very expensive to buy. Any ideas for making safe homemade ones or what outside plants can he use for variety in his diet? Any suggestions will be appreciated.


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August 9, 20060 found this helpful


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By Martha (Guest Post)
August 9, 20060 found this helpful

Hi! I know it can be expensive with supplying parrot toys but parrots are meant to destroy their toys. We adopted a grey that had to learn to chew. Parrot that don't chew usually have something mentally or physically wrong. We have had two greys so far and some ideas I use are paper towel rolls, toilet rolls (not perfumed, stained, wet or that have too much glue) readers digest magazine rolled up and put between cage bars. Cardboard egg cartons with treats inside. One thing I recently started doing is using the cardboard drink trays from fast food restaurants. Popsicles sticks for crafts are good too. Make toys like sticking the sticks through paper rolls. Most bird toys store sell blocks etc for making your own toys or refreshing the old toys where the blocks etc are chewed off.


Baby toys you get from friends or thrift stores, like keyrings, plastic chains, activity centers etc are popular. of course you need to use common sense and also see what your bird likes and what your bird vet says. Our bird had a decade of junk food before coming to us and his liver is shot so no nuts for him. There are great online parrot stores like birdyboredumbusters, canadian bird toys or westcoast birds (you can tell I am in Canada :) ). Search online for ideas and games to keep your bird interested. Vary the toys so they don't get bored. My bird doesn't like acrylic toys so you have to try different things. One thing I saw at a friends for an amazon...a roll of toilet paper. Lots of parrots like kids shows 2-6 yr old range.

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By Martha (Guest Post)
August 9, 20060 found this helpful

one last thing...join your local bird club if you haven't already. A great resource! Here is a picture of Coco being introduced to our daughter when she was born.

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August 9, 20060 found this helpful

What a lot of great ideas! I appreciate your taking the time to give such wonderful advice for parrots.


I can't wait to try some of them. Thanks again! I loved the picture!

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