They’re not much to look at, but they are useful and made with my own two hands: I made some birdie foraging food toys!
Apparently lovebirds, being tiny parrots, are highly intelligent and curious birdies. They also spend a lot of their time (in the wild) searching for food. So lovebird owners are supposed to use forage toys, and regularly move their food bowls around, to keep the birdies’ minds engaged and keep up that foraging instinct.
However, I think we got a couple of special lovebirds. These forage toys sat at the bottom of the cage for 3 days before Rosie and Jim even noticed them, and then it took them another day to figure out there was food inside them.
They seem to have got the hang of it now so we give them fresh tubes about twice a week, and I must say it feels good to 1. make something useful and 2. use the toilet roll tubes instead of just chucking them.
In somewhat-related news, we had to give them a shower because they hadn’t yet figured out washing themselves – and we got to hold them for the first time!
They’re still both super wary of us though, so it’s going to be a long time before we get proper birdie snuggles with them.