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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Care Toy-making

Toy-making Instructions for Cockatiels
and Other Pet Birds

Making toys for your pet birds can be lots of fun for the crafty types and even those who are not.  I personally love the expression on the faces of my various bird species. Some smile (like my Umbrella Cockatoo), some eyes light up, some eyes pin, some puzzle over them. It is such a treat.  And it is more rewarding because you made the toy for them.  

Here are some instructions and photos from some online bird friends.  If you would like to contribute some safe ideas, please use my contact form.  And if you have links to safe toy-making sites, please submit them in the comments below.  I would also love to see photos of pet birds with their homemade toys. 

  1. Corn Husk Toys
  2. Straw Toy
  3. Bag Toy
  4. Filter Toy

1. Corn Husk Toys

Submitted by Skybird


Corn Husks - from organically grown corn or husks used for human food preparation.


1. Rinse well and then boil corn husks well for 1/2 an hour.

Corn Husk Toy Boil

2. Rinse with cold water, drain, begin to form toys. Tie knots, braid, etc...

Corn Husk Toy Shape

3. Some completed corn husk toys, still wet

Corn Husk Toy Example 1

4. Dry in a low oven - 200 degrees F - until completely dry. These are the dried corn husk toys. Store in an airtight container or jar.

Corn Husk Toy Dry

5. SunnyBird checking out her new Corn Husk Toy!

Corn Husk Toy SunnyBird

6. Ami munching away on her new Corn Husk Toy.

Corn Husk Toy Ami

2. Straw Toy

Submitted by Suzie


  • Plastic chain
  • Colored straws (qty depends on length of toy)
  • Twine or baling wire (to secure)


Take about 5 straws & fold in half (all together). Clamp to plastic chain with wire or twine. Alternate sides as you go along the length of chain.  Great for small birds.

Straw Toy

3. Bag Toy

Submitted by Marlo in Canada


I take a tiny paper bag, fold down the edges a bit and fill it with goodies. I put in shredded wheat, cheerios, a few dried pumpkin seeds, a few inches of shredders, dried corn husk, and a stalk about six inches long of millet. The millet and some shredders are long enough to be sticking out of the bag a bit. I tie the bag closed with some hemp and put a couple of beads on the end of the string. Then I tear a few small holes in the bag so she can see there is stuff in there.

4. Filter Toy

Submitted by Esther in PA of Graham's Parrot Toy Creations


  • Coffee filters
  • Wooden shapes
  • Plastic shapes
  • Leather strap
  • Quick link(optional)


Use how ever many coffee filters you want. Put together and poke hole thru center. I string it up with leather, using wooden and plastic parts. My Goffin's prefers plastic over wood. Still, you can substitute whatever you like. Make string long enough to put knots in and to either tie on the cage or hang with quick link.