Ralph has claimed two things to play with that are definitely not intended to be parrot toys. I had a 3-liter Poland Spring water bottle that is empty and ready to be returned to the store (that type of bottle is returnable in New York State). When we were playing on the floor, Ralph took a sudden interest in the bottle, so I held it out to him. Ralph likes to play tapping games-- he'll tap on something with his beak a certain number of times and I have to tap back the same way. He tapped on the Poland Spring bottle and I think he likes the drum-like sound it makes. Now he wants to tap on the bottle every time he comes out to play. I guess it won't be going back to the store anytime soon.
His other new favorite is a wooden honey dipper. I don't use it often but when it was sitting in the drawer, I noticed that the little wooden ball on the handle end fell off. I took it out and glued the ball back on. After the glue dried and I was ready to put it back in the drawer, Ralph found it on the kitchen counter and wanted it (vigorous head bobs when he spotted it) so I handed it to him. He carried it up to "his" shelf in the cupboard where he likes to sit and has been having fun just moving it from place to place.
When parronts ask about their parrots having little interest in parrot toys, I suggest things that aren't meant to be parrot toys-- plastic keys meant for human babies, for example. I never would have thought of a water bottle or a honey dipper as potential parrot toys, but as I often point out, parrots usually have ideas of their own. 😁
Dani and Zach ---------- FIDS: Taz (Cockatiel); Chewy (Quaker); Lily (Budgie); Beans (Parrotlet); Nimbus (Dog); Diablo (Cat); Mr. Newt; Fish Rehomed: Mickey the pigeon, Gypsy the horse, and 4 of the Jackson 5 (Diamond Doves) RIP: Arnie, Conan, Sammy, Petey, Ms. Praying Mantis, Tito, Pico, Mantis Shrimp, Fuzzy Lionfish, Phoenix, Cami, Pork Chop, Bilbo and Sweet Pea
Too bad Taz and Ralph can't get together for a play date. Ralph does like tapping on things and playing tapping games. When they were remodeling the apartment downstairs Ralph even tapped back at the workers' hammering.
Lucy loved to tap back and forth with me, as well as to twang her cage bars. She loved small toys that she could carry around. She had a little wooden honey dipper as well! It was about 4” long. Another favorite was a plastic spool from thread. It was a regular sized white one, nothing fancy, but was just her favorite thing. She had several toys on the bottom of her cage, and hanging ones, too (like noisy stainless steel measuring spoons).
Willow has a few toys that he’s had for years. I rehabbed the toys he came with two years ago, and gave him a seagrass play wall that he messes with and holds in his right foot when he’s anxious. I gave him Lucy’s old spoons but he won’t touch them, I think they are too shiny. Willow doesn’t carry toys around or play on the cage bottom. I wish he liked toys more. I don’t want him to be bored.
Ralph hasn't played (built) with the spoons for a while. He still likes to perch on the open silverware drawer sometimes, and every now and then, he'll sit inside the drawer He isn't quite as interested in the empty spring water bottle as he was, but he still wants to tap on it once in a while (he did when he was out tonight). So I still haven't brought it back to the store to collect my 5 cent deposit refund.
Much like Bonnie, Ralph doesn't care much about parrot toys. He does have one favorite though. It's a plastic chain called Forest Flowers that I found on Amazon not long after Ralph moved in with me. The links in the chain are vaguely flower-shaped and they have a slot at one end where they hook together. That slot slips nicely over the cage bars and that's how Ralph likes to play with Forest Flowers. He hooks the links onto the cage and squawks for me to unhook them, and then we do it over (and over...).
Also like Bonnie, Ralph likes to play a game where he grabs for my fingers (usually gently) and I have to say "I'm going to get that parrot!" If I don't say that, I get grumbled at.