I've been trying to get Ollie out when I can and the past few weeks with the door open he won't come out, he'll just be content siting on his front perch. Today after leave his cage door open for 30 min he finally climbed out, I thought he would fly to the budgie cage but instead he just climbed to to top of his cage. I put a toy up there for him to play with but he had no interest instead he went to the handle at the top of his cage and pushed it back and forth. I put a food dish with veggies ontop so he could forge but he still went back to the handle and had no interest in the toy, he'd walk up to it, touch it then get bored. He didn't go to the budgies the entire time and in the end he climbed down to where I was sitting doing homework (I was looking through the corner of my eye) then when I made eye contact he ran away.
Ollie's probably too distracted by being out to have much interest in toys right now, but maybe after it becomes more routine he'll play with one. Peppy's absolute favorite toy was a hanging, thick plastic chain.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2017 10:21:30 GMT -5 by easttex
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
Cupcake is out all the time, and toys are generally of no interest, especially if nobody is willing to play with them with her. Sometimes she will get into it if we also show interest... but she wants attention from us, and the toys are clearly no substitute. Interestingly, she gets the most mileage out of the simplest toys-- little wicker rings that she slowly destroys over weeks... Even those, however, will only hold her attention for 5 minutes, maybe 10, tops.
Yoshi is pretty well the same way with toys - he has little to no interest. The only thing I've found that he seems to somewhat enjoy are those chinese finger traps. Ill put them on some of his perches and pull them tight, and he will shred them up. But they don't last no time.
When being with/on me is not an option, he seems fairly content just sitting on top of his cage and observing his realm, or climbing and exploring around his cage (I've got many perches and ropes running all around and on top of his cage). My Sun Conure melly is completely opposite, she HAS to have something to do. She's a little bundle of never ending energy, and shreds more things than a wood chipper.
Oscar is exactly the same as the other birds. I only wanted to suggest one thing (if you haven't already done it). Put a perch on the door of the cage and this will encourage Ollie to come and sit out more. I know my QP loves to sit on the perches on his door.
Oscar will play with the carrying handle over and over again. I guess they are wondering how to get this big thing off their house... lol
Post by beccilouise on Jul 24, 2017 15:48:28 GMT -5
Hahaha, Maya is the total opposite! Although she does enjoy her humans, and often wants to play with us, she will also spend a good fifteen minutes beating up a kitchen roll tube or chasing a bottle around on the floor! She is a real chewer, so I give her lots of paper, cardboard and wood things to chew. One of the ways I get Maya into playing with new toys is to play with them myself and make a massive deal out of how awesomely fun they are. Inevitably, she will want to join in. I started off by spending LOADS of money on toys for Maya, and she would always just want to play with the box! I have found homemade toys and foraging toys to be way more successful. I bought a tray for her and filled it with crinkles paper, cardboard and cut up kitchen roll tubes and hid loads of her favourite food in it. This is one of her favourite games! Kitchen roll tubes with treats in, crumpled paper and box corners are her absolute dream. Sometimes, parrots need to be taught how to play independently, and this is also a really fun way to bond!