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Michael
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Post Help me design the first Cape Parrot specific toy
on: April 1, 2011, 07:33
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Help me design the first Cape Parrot specific toy. You may or may not know that I've been making some parrot toys for sale on my Parrot Wizard website. Well now I want to come up with the first ever toy specifically designed for Cape Parrots.

Let's face it, Capes are big chewers with big beaks yet small bodies. The medium parrot toys end up being too easy for them but the Macaw toys too big. I want to see if I can design a toy that is perfect for a Cape. What would the perfect Cape Parrot toy include? What materials? What are your Cape's favorite things to chew and play with?

I know what my Cape likes but I'd like to see if that is just him or Capes in general.

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on: April 1, 2011, 12:12
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Lola's absolute favorite toys have wooden beads that she can snap! She loves spools, round beads, and honeycomb bead especially that are 5/8 to 3/4". Anything larger, she ignores. She will snap snap snap away all day. She also LOVES natural wood coins with bark: willow especially, birch wood, ocotillo wood, maple, apple, etc. She prefers these sliced on the thinner side as well, between 1/4" to 3/8" or so-- sometimes 1/2". Finally, she will also chew on plain slats of pine, provided that they are cut against the grain so that they chip rather than splinter-- 1/4" to 1/2" thick, her preference, of course, always being thinner.

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on: April 4, 2011, 19:41
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Scotty also likes breaking small wooden beads, but he likes really small ones, < 1/2". I made a toy for him recently that used one of those big fun rings, and I strung the wooden beads on it primarily as decoration -- he cracked them all in the first day and now seems bored with it .He also is very fond of wooden round-headed clothespeg foot toys and will hold one and gnaw on it for ages. His other favorite thing is chewing on plastic and metal. His favorite toy is a lot of leather strands with leather and plastic threaded on it. He's actually less destructive in many ways than Scooter, our green-cheeked conure.

I'm interested if he's an outlier in not really being a huge chewer.

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on: April 5, 2011, 10:11
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Scotty's Mom, I think it varies from Cape to Cape (being a chewer). My Lola is a MASSIVE and crazy chewer and zips through wood toys like you wouldn't believe. She goes through a huge, fully loaded toy about once a day or maybe once every other day if she's feeling lazy. A friend of mine has her older sister by 2 days and she is a big bead snapper but not so much into pine wood or natural wood coins, which Lola chews with gusto. Another female Cape I know named Olivia is more like Lola. Then I know a woman with 3 Capes and says 2 of them aren't into wood at all!

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on: April 5, 2011, 12:10
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I agree with Courtney. I think a birds age may also have something to do with being a chewer. When Thor was young he chewed everything. I gave up buying toys as it got too expensive when they only lasted less than a day. I bought wood pieces in bulk and made my own toys with leather straps and remnants of his old toys.

Now that he is 10 years old he doesn't chew all that much. Though as I write this he is chewing on an empty almond shell. These days his favorite toy is a cardboard box stuffed with crumpled up paper. He digs into it like he is burrowing into a dead Podocarpus tree. It is funny to watch as he shreds with his beak, then kicks the shreds with he feet. Confetti flys everywhere. It makes for a real mess but he seems to really enjoy it.

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