Below you can watch a video of how I introduced the toy to Ditto and see him foraging in the basket.
Judging by the feedback received, this is proving to be a popular idea. At the "Visitor Feedback" page you will find some helpful suggestions from parrot owners who made modifications that proved successful with encouraging their parrots to try this new toy.
SS Measuring Cups Toy
The instructions for making this toy are pretty straight forward. I show examples of how to make one in The Parrot Enrichment Activity Book, Version 2, pages 47 - 48.
I' m including it again on the web page because I want you to watch the video of Buddy tearing into it. I think when you watch him you will be able to appreciate the foraging potential of this easy to make toy.
Untreated wicker baskets can easily be turned into a foraging toy like the one pictured left. Click on the link below for instruction on how to turn this basket into a proper foraging toy.
Below you can watch a video of some of my parrots actively engaged with this foraging basket toy.
Treasure Chests and Toy Boxes
Elvis, my older Timneh, will quickly give up if the foraging opportunity presented to him is too difficult. I started him out on treasure chests and toy crocks. The less complicated design of this type of device works well to encourage Elvis to forage and get him habituated to more challenging foraging opportunities.
The video (below) will show you a beginner forager at work and possibly provide you some ideas if you too have a reluctant forager in your house.
NOTE: I have found the larger whiffle balls with bigger holes at Sports Authority stores.
WHIFFLE BALL FORAGING
This video comes to us courtesy of Caroline Moore. In this video Caroline makes a whiffle ball into a foraging toy for Icarus. Watch her demonstrate how successful the toy is in sustaining activity for Icarus.
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