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    Question What kind of wood is used for bird toys?

    I was wondering if any of you guys know what kind of wood they use to make bird toys.

    I have a BIG TIME CHEWER / SHREDDER on my hands (Monty) and it's getting hard to get keep up with him. I'm wondering if it might be cheaper to buy the wood and make the pieces myself. I bought a toy this weekend for $12.99 and it was just a simple chain with (no bell at the bottom or anything) and it had six square pieces (about 1/4 inch thick, 4 inches long and 2 inches wide). The wood pieces were separated by big plastic beads. I put the toy in his cage before I went to work and when I came home, it was completely gone except for the plastic beads. So I put some pieces I had bought from the bird shop (not cheaper to buy them like that) on there last night and within an hour it was gone. I also bought the raffia type toys that he can shred and he just goes non-stop until it's completely gone. He doesn't like the bigger wood blocks, won't even touch them. I want to keep him entertained and let him chew and shred all that he wants, but like I said I think it might be cheaper at this point to try and do it myself. What do you think?

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    Re: What kind of wood is used for bird toys?

    I think there are several woods - pine is softer, manzanita is very hard. Then I believe there are a few inbetween.

    I buy plain supplies on eBay for pennies, then assemble my own toys. MUCH cheaper!

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    Re: What kind of wood is used for bird toys?

    On a side note, I think that's great that he's such a busy beaver! He's obviously such a happy boy, like a little fuzzy grey chainsaw! That's awesome!

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    Re: What kind of wood is used for bird toys?

    LOL! That's a good one Joanna...I think that's what I'll call him from now on.

    The pieces that you're finding on Ebay......are they actually bird toy pieces? I never thought of that. I tried Foster and Smith, but they aren't any cheaper that what I can find locally. I'll be on Ebay tonight.

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    Re: What kind of wood is used for bird toys?

    Yeah - just plastic and wood toys, beads. etc. Occasionally I'll accidentally buy something unsafe, so then I just toss it and I'm out the $3, but still WAAAY cheaper than buying assembled bird toys!

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    Re: What kind of wood is used for bird toys?

    I printed out a list of the birdy safe woods, and then keep an eye out for trees of that nature <big grin>.

    My husband works in the bush, so I have an unlimited supply lol.

    I slice them into nice size pieces for the fids, then bake them in the oven to kill off any nasty bacteria. After they cool down, I drill holes in them, and presto... toys

    I bought doggy choke chains, and tie the pieces onto them. I also use leather strips, and thread safe bird size beads, and the wood slices.

    Way cheaper than buying them.

    I take pictures of the bird toys at PetSmart, then replicate them at home with my supplies <evil grin>.

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    Re: What kind of wood is used for bird toys?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2tiels4now View Post

    I take pictures of the bird toys at PetSmart, then replicate them at home with my supplies <evil grin>.

    Hee hee, I did that at the last bird show! Took pics of the ones I liked with my cell, then replicated them at home!

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