Patricia Sund is a Free-Lance Writer residing in Florida with her three African Greys. She has been published in About.com, Bird Talk Magazine, Birds USA, In Your Flock Magazine, Good Bird Magazine as well as numerous websites and newsletters. She is currently doing research for a book titled "Parrot Nation".
September 23, 2010 at 12:08 am
What a wonderful video, Pat. Enjoyed watching every minute of it and I do not have tiels.
September 23, 2010 at 5:04 am
This is a great video! I have been putting newspaper on top of the bottom grate of my cockatiel cage as well as in the tray underneath and it is really nice. My cockatiels like having a flat surface to walk on (and shred!) and it allows me to give them interesting foraging toys. I leave a munch ball on the floor for them to push around and rip up since they really like munch balls. I also recently made a foraging toy out of a toilet paper roll stuffed with goodies and sealed up with Kiote Koins, which are rounds slices of soft wood. Do you think it is okay to give toilet paper roll toys? Someone said that the glue might be bad for them. My cockatiels don’t chew up the toilet paper rolls, they just kind of push them around to roll the treats out.
September 23, 2010 at 7:09 am
Don’t worry about the glue. Anything is potentially harmful to your birds if there is enough of it. With TP rolls, they couldn’t get enough of the glue to harm them. I’ve checked with a couple of Vets and TP rolls are okay. You’re cool!
September 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm
Awww… I’m happy to see Amy and the cockatiels again. Love the foraging tray idea too!!
September 25, 2010 at 7:39 am
The cockatiel house was one of the BEST things during my volunteer visit to BF. Very nice to see Amy – she is awesome!
September 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Great video Pat. My cockatiels love to forage. I have toys and treats all over the counter, and they just run around playing and sampling everything. Cockatiels are very curious birds and love to check everything out. Anything they can get their cute little beaks on is fair game!
May 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Wonderful video. I’m going to have to try with my ‘tiels. I loved the smaller cage inside. It is close to an idea I had for my fids to get more outside time when I’m home if they wanted.