At first glance the Bonka Bird Cake Foraging Toy looks a bit cheap, I was sort of skeptical of the foam pieces, and it just overall looked a bit too thrown together and sort of unnatural for my tastes. But, I was adding stuff to my cart at Amazon so this got thrown in too!
Once it arrived I was even more turned off, the solla wood that makes up the “cupcake” is extremely lightweight, and it generally looked just as insubstantial in person.
I stowed it away in our toy cabinet and basically forgot about it until this weekend when I was swapping out some things, and decided to use it on our play gym.
Kelly made a beeline to the Bonka Bird Cake Foraging Toy, and played with that toy for the entire day virtually non-stop. She did make a huge mess and totally tore apart the wood piece in one day, but it was well worth it to watch her enjoy herself and just chew away.
It wouldn’t make a ton of economic sense to provide her with one daily, but I think she can be sure to have one of these as a treat every so often. And I’m definitely going to seek out more solla wood toys!
I did slide a wood block on the post after the cupcake was murdered and she enjoys that as well, the cupcake wrappers seem fun to nibble at and she likes the sound it makes. I think the fact that she could hear the bell jingling but not actually see it was fun for her too.
The whole thing put her into a frenzy in the best possible way!
I’ve bought a few of the Wesco kabob toys before, usually the single strand version(Wesco Pet Mini Bird Kabob Shreddable Bird Toy) and the budgies love them. They spend the bulk of their play time focused on destruction, and this style of toy must be very satisfying to destroy.
The Wesco kabobs are sustainable, earth friendly and 100% biodegradable – which is a nice change from plastic toys. Per the www.birdkabob.com website they are also the #1 selling bird toy of all time.
They come in a wide range of sizes, I know I’ve mentioned before how important it is to watch the sizes on toys for parakeets because just looking at an image of a toy with no reference point for size can be very misleading. That totally happened to me on this one, I didn’t take my own advice, so I ended up with the Bird Kabob 8-1/2-Inch Carnival Chewable Perch, which is 8.5 x 2 x 12 inches.
When I unboxed the Bird Kabob 8-1/2-Inch Carnival Chewable Perch both Patrick and I thought I had just wasted some money and I clearly should have gotten the 4.5 inch Bird Kabob 4-1/2-Inch Favorito Chewable Perch. I put it away in the toy cabinet, thinking that at some point we could pull it apart and build smaller toys out of it.
Recently while re-arranging our play gym I thought I might as well try putting the swing out there, and after a few days of avoiding it, Kelly became quite enamored of the swing. She does look very small when sitting on it, but she will spend easily an hour or more just hanging out on that swing and chewing away.
Some parakeets might be too intimidated by the size of this perch and I’m sure the smaller version would be a huge hit as well, but if you’ve got a parakeet that really likes to chew, this size is perfect. I’m sure Kelly would have already decimated the smaller version, but this will keep her occupied for months, so it’s well-worth the price for me. The bigger size also means that Kelly and Toby can chew at opposite ends of the toy without having territory disputes, which is a huge plus!
I’m guessing that most budgie owners have had at least a day or two when their dear sweet angel babies get the idea to start yelling and don’t stop until they’ve worn out your eardrums (save for eating and naps). Here is a list of reasons your parakeet may be yelling.
- It’s snowing
- It’s windy
- It’s sunny
- It’s raining
- It’s cloudy
- There are leaves falling from trees
- She has spotted a squirrel 50 feet away that poses an immediate threat to everyone’s safety
- “There are other birds out there do you see them???”
Methods of dealing for humans include Flents Contour Ear Plugs – Soft Comfort! 50 Pair with Clear Plastic Travel Jar or closing the curtains. But really, if they are enjoying a good yell who am I to shut it down? They are parrots and so they must be noisy 🙂
From our flock to yours, Merry Christmas! May your holidays be full of millet 🙂