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So my tiels don't have many toys anymore as they have destroyed most of them so I'd like to buy them more now,I think their toys need replaced now. I want to buy foraging toys,preferably not big and intimidating for the tiels,and not too complex and ideally plastic so it will last long and preferably not too expensive.Any ideas? Thanks for any replies.
 

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I would go to your local pet or bird store and see what kind of toys there are. In a lot of places you can even bring your bird in and let him pick out his own toys :)

It really depends on what's available in your area, unless you want to look something up online, though I wouldn't suggest ordering bird toys online unless you know your bird likes that type of toy because it's difficult to return online bought items.

What I personally do is put Kirby's harness on and take him to Petsmart and let him play with the toys and pick out his own.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the reply. The closest decent petshop is over an hour away,my local petshops are all useless. I don't know if I can take them in,They love chewing and enjoy "pinata" toys but they only last a few hours. which is why I want to get plastic. Is there any good toys online?
 

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I looked up some online. I found one at a website called mysafebirdstore.com that looked like you could probably do it yourself. I've attatched a picture of the product. I can't guarantee how safe the store's product is, but if you wanted to make one yourself it'd probably be good.

Also, a lot of petstores have an online store that you can check out. Do you know if your good store that's an hour away has a website?

If the two things above don't work, then I would suggest going on Amazon or something like that to search because then you can ask questions before buying and can read the reviews from other bird owners who purchased the product.
 

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Yes the good petshop has a website it's a chain petshop (A UK petshop,but I live near Northern Ireland) I find the petshop has a much better supply of Small animal toys so I check the safety of materials and if they're ok I usually get them as there is a better selection and much cheaper.
 

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Yes the good petshop has a website it's a chain petshop. I find the petshop has a much better supply of Small animal toys so I check the safety of materials and if they're ok I usually get them as there is a better selection and much cheaper.
Great! Check out their website and see if they have anything good for your birds.

Let us know how it goes :)
 

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So far I quite like this,I'm not sure if it's too big for cockatiels. There wasn't many plastic foraging toys available I already have the buffet ball,which is ok they're no mad about it .http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/p...stems-foraging-sphere-(online-only)?orderBy=1
If my birds don't like it I can give it to the birds at work,there's sizes from lovebirds to macaws so I'm sure some will like it if mine don't.
 

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I agree with your idea; if you're willing to spend money on something that your tiels may or may not like, then it's definetly worth checking out. I guess it all depends on HOW the bird is actually supposed to be able to get the food out.
 

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I know they love to destroy things,and love "pinata" toys but they only last a few hours then they're gone,I'd like something to make them work for their food too,and think toys like that are the best way to do it. I might just have a look at parrot specialist websites,I need new perches too.
 

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Perches for your cage or standing perches? Because sometimes standing perches can get expensive when there's an easy way to make them yourself. All you need is a branch from a tree that you know is safe for your birds (or you can buy a cage perch), a dowel or a long wooden rod, and a piece of wood large enough to make a base. You can make a small, tabletop perch this way, a larger training perch, or a free standing perch.

Kirby has four perches (unincluding the ones in his cage). He has a small tabletop perch that he doesn't really use (he doesn't like it), a training perch which is a little too large to just be a tabletop perch but isn't really freestanding either. My grandpa made it for him and he loves it, so he trains on it. Then he has a freestanding, t-stand perch on wheels so that he can be wherever the family is, and a sort of playgym. The playgym is really just a series of perches, it doesn't actually have any toys, so I'm going to buy him a new one soon.

The only thing about ANY perches (cage or not) though, is just to make sure that the perch you use isn't just a straight rod, like a dowl. Make sure that it has different circumferences throughout the whole thing (like a natural branch does) because the straight rod is bad for their feet.

Here's an example of a bad perch:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/images/Articles/a-288-perches.jpg

Here's several examples of a good perch:
http://parrotwizard.com/training_perches/training_perch_parrots.jpg
http://www.prestigepetproducts.com.au/productimages/98-0600_2.jpg
http://www.mdvaden.com/images/perches.jpg
 

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I need perches for the cage,the rope perches are tatty(no loose threads,just look manky) if I can afford it I'll replace with Java wood. I don't have any dowel perches,i have one natural perch,a boing,a pumice perch and a rope perch. I'm not going to buy more rope perches,I don't like them. I can get apple tree branches that are safe(no pesticides).
 
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