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Rated 5 out of 5 by Harpcomposer Very Useful for my bird!
My caique recently became an "only bird" after our older, rescued green cheek passed away. To keep Nacho busy I have invested in some foraging things for him. He has never had any and we have had him for seven years. I didn't know what would happen, but as it turns out, he loves these boxes. Each one lasts him about a week. I put his regular seed and other dry things (like peanuts in the shell and banana chips) in there, and so he works harder for his food now. I guess that is the point. He has always loved tearing apart paper. All in all, once I got used to the assembly of it, it has been a good item for him!
By the way, I got the small size for my caique, and it is a perfect size for him.
December 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BuddMom Great Product
I have been using these boxes for years and my African grey loves them. I always put an almond in the box so that he has something to forage for. Then I hang the box from a leather tether from his tree so he has to first hoist it up and then figure out how to hold it while he chews it, so he is getting exercise in different ways. At first, I assembled them as in the photo, buy my bird figured out that he could quickly pull the dividers out. Now I cut the dividers in half and put them in loose so that the nut shifts around amongst the shorter cardboard pieces. In this way, he must pull out the individual pieces rather than being able to remove the dividers in one or two pulls. Sometimes I even crumple the cardboard pieces for variety. My grey gets so much satisfaction out of destroying these boxes, and an active bird is a happy bird! He likes them so much that he will ring his bell until we give him one. Enjoy - they are great!
June 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BirdB I love this product
I am a 12 year old cockatiel and this is my favorite thing to play with. Mommy puts millet in the box and it hangs outside of my cage. I also have a handy perch under it so I can stand on it and get at the millet.
February 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OurBirdHouse You need to try this if your bird is picking or not playing with toys!
Our yellow collared macaw is obsessed with preening himself which gradually turned into a picking problem. We took him to the vet countless times for testing and everything came back clear. During that time we desperately tried to get him more interested in playing with toys, but he wouldn't touch them. This was our last resort. It look him a solid 2-3 weeks to figure out that shredding the cardboard = food supply.
-For the first week, poke the hole out for your bird and rip a good chunk off. Sprinkle some of it's food on top of the cardboard. Add more food to the opening when your bird eats all of the food that was visible. Change the box every few days, varying the spot where the tear is.
-After first week, stop refilling the opening and just tear it open a little bigger.
-3rd week or when you feel it's necessary, just poke the hole in. Our bird finally figured it out.
Birds learn by example mostly, so "show" your bird how it works.
This box encouraged our bird to start playing with his toy, and he has destroyed a few big toys already, I have to order more! He is spending less time preening. This product has a lot of promise, it's worth a try. You can keep costs down by replacing the box only after your bird has destroyed a good part of it. Dump the excess food into the new box.
January 29, 2014