Free & DIY Bird Toys aka the Caged Bird Keepers Recycling Program

You have a big bird but throw out 

the 20 phone books you get every year (we get that many in Chicago) ?

phone book on chain chewed by parrot

caged bird keeper’s recycling program


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hi mitch


I use clothes pins too but i have never been able to find out what the metal is made out of. Also, do the balloon weights have lead in them as the weight?

Some great ideas i have never seen before!!! Esp. the fortune cookie!!!

Other things i use that were not in the video are: Dixie cups – just throw em on top of the cage or clip to the side with a treat. My Eclectus will spend an hour just pulverizing a dixie cup. He also enjoys destroying cotton swabs!


hi sodacoaster,

We just assume the metal in the clothespins is bad which is why we remove as illustrated in the video. Regarding the balloon weights. Assume nothing and you must ask of the origin – when in doubt – cut one open.

Dixie cups are great you can also stack them in place treats inside allowing your bird to work for food. We’re glad you enjoyed the video keep the great bird toy ideas coming.

Cheap Bird Toy - Wooden Spoon

Just add a Quick link and hang in cage


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Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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