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Last Post by bunnytowne at 4/12/2008 12:50 PM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline Tami
Bedford, PA
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4/07/2008 5:09 AM

I stopped in at our local Dollar Tree store to look for toy parts, LOL.....I know, it sounds ridiculous.....anyway, I am a member of a toy-making Yahoo group for birds called "CheapParrotToysNTips" & a lot of the members go to these dollar stores to find safe, non-toxic things to incorporate into their toys.  I myself have found a LOT of cool things in there and have walked out with a ton of stuff for under $10.00 !

So, while I was in there looking around, I came upon these 100% Seagrass hats !  I picked one up, looked it over thoroughly and gave it the "sniff" test (I have a very sensitive nose and wanted to see if I could smell any chemicals on it.....don't want to be giving birds or bunns "treated" items that will make them sick).  Well, it just smelled like a combination of grass and hay.....it really was 100% Seagrass......so I bought 4 of them :oD

While the bunns were in the Xpen I just tossed one in there and boy, did they ever go nuts chewing and shredding that thing !  They loved jumping on top of it and smooshing the part you put your head in down !  LMAO !  They really have a ball with this thing !!

Since they liked it so much I decided to make one of the other ones a little more interesting, so since I just got a bunch of leather strips off ebay for making toys and such, I just strung some of those through the head part and knotted them so they couldn't fall out.  I didn't even need to drill or make any holes because the weaving of the Seagrass just parted enough for me to get an end through.  It was really simple !

I put a small piece of natural cotton rope through the rim part so that I could hang it on the side of the Xpen when they're in there playing :o))

I've attached a pic of the one I added the leather to.  I think the next one I make will have plastic lids from water bottles strung on there, too, because they like the sound of them banging into each other :o))

Oh !  I got 2 sets of kids' beach/sand gear......consisting of one small bucket w/shovel and a plastic mold of a fish and a crab, LOL !  I like drilling holes in those and hanging stuff off them.  You can really hang a lot of stuff off the bucket if you drill holes all the way around it :o))  I gave my Umbrella Cockatoo a really BIG sand bucket strung with all sorts of stuff.....big and small lids, wood, leather, big buttons, etc. and it lasted her a long time & she loved it because of all the bright colors, so I thought I'd try that on these little buckets, being they're just the right size for the bunns :o)  Just another toy idea for the rest of the bunny toymakers out there *wink*


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*~* Tami *~*

Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. ~~Antoine de Saint Exupery~~

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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4/07/2008 7:48 AM
that's too cool. i have to go to the dollar store again, i love getting random things for bun toys.


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User is Offline kimberleyanddarren
Birmingham, UK
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4/07/2008 9:22 AM
i love it too! sometimes i find toys in charity shops like rattles them fake keys and stuff that my bun loves!



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User is Offline bunnytowne
florida
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4/12/2008 12:50 PM

someone here was throwing stuff out and I found a plastic slinky and a hard plastic set of toy keys for kids. finally been looking for that stuff Feda just loves throwing them around making a racket. hubby told me last nite she was up all nite. well she was happy. we were up early to get the bread and she had been throwing them around since. having a blast. cotton didn't care for them. he gave the slinky a toss tho.



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