Ask Lafeber


May 27, 2021

Natural Bird Toys

I have a budgie and I was wanting to make some toys for him! Can budgies have pinecones? And what woods are okay for them? Any other recommendations?


Hi Nicole,

Pine cones are OK, but you need to collect them from the tree or soon after falling. Once on the ground they can get wet and grow mold or fungus. And you also need to be sure the tree has not been treated with pesticides or ay chemicals. If you do a google search, there are several web pages and forums that give tips on collecting and cleaning pine cones for pet birds. As for wood, there are also lists online with toxic and safe woods for pet birds. Wood also has to be cleaned and disinfected. There are web sites that sell toy parts for making your own toys. When you consider your time searching for your own pine cones or wood, then cleaning everything, it is probably easier to buy natural toy parts.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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