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Budgie-Approved Toy Parts

Looking to build your own wooden budgie toys to keep your birds' brains and beaks active? Don’t overlook these materials that budgies love!

If you’ve ever watched your budgie go to town on a wooden toy, you’d be forgiven for thinking they looked like a tiny flying beaver. These birds love to chew! Our flock of lady budgies are not shy about their daily wood deconstruction projects! 

It’s not hard to put together safe, DIY toys that will keep your budgies busy. With a bit of paper string and some of the soft wood discussed below, you’ll be able to give your budgies a fun activity that will keep their brains and beaks stimulated.

Why Should I Make Toys for My Budgie?

Providing budgie-safe toy options can help prevent your birds from chewing on unsafe objects, like furniture and painted doorframes.

It’s in your budgie’s instinct to want to nibble! It’s best to provide your birds with safe outlets for this behavior, like wooden toys, to curb their tendencies to seek chewable surfaces elsewhere.

 

Female budgies will be especially persistent in chewing when they enter the breeding season and their reproductive hormones rise. This is because in this species, female budgies are the ones who scrape and clean out a nest cavity to lay their eggs in. 

 

 

For a more in-depth look at budgie chewing behavior and specific toy recommendations (with a focus on cork wood!), check out our video here:

Where Can I Buy Parts to Make My Own Budgie Toys?

It's important to source toy parts from reputable brands and stores.

For example, let’s look at cork wood, one of the most popular options for budgie toys. You may find products labeled “cork” in craft and hobby stores, but there’s a good chance this is actually composite cork. Composite cork is held together with a variety of glues and binders and is unsafe for budgies to chew on. What you want for your birds is simple cork that has not been treated with any chemicals or alcohol.

 

Your best bet will be to purchase toy parts from specifically bird-oriented brands and stores that are specifically sourcing wood parts with the intention of being parrot toys. We’ll give specific recommendations for each type of wood listed below, but in general, Parrot Joy is an excellent, reliable source for budgie-safe wood products. As a bonus, they have a huge variety of fun, creative, and aesthetically-pleasing options!

Budgie-Approved Toy Materials

1.) Mahogany Wood Pods

Different from mahogany wood itself, these soft pieces of wood are actually fruit pods produced by the mahogany tree.

 

Budgies seem to love their unique, slightly crumbly texture. Many options, like those offered by My Safe Bird Store, come with pre-drilled holes for easy assembly.

 

A quick note! Mahogany wood pod toys often come in the form of hangable strings. Try hanging these types of toys against other objects or in a corner of your budgie’s cage. This will prevent them from swinging around too much and make them more accessible (i.e., more enticing!) to your birds.

Pro Tip!

Mahogany wood pod toys often come in the form of hangable strings. Try hanging these types of toys against other objects or in a corner of your budgie’s cage. This will prevent them from swinging around too much and make them more accessible (i.e., more enticing!) to your birds.

2.) Sola Wood

Sola is an incredibly soft wood with a texture similar to styrofoam. It comes in beads, balls, flowers, stars, sticks, and other shapes that can easily be attached to toys for shredding fun!

 

Check out these balls and sticks on our Amazon storefront. Here are some other options from My Safe Bird Store and A Bird Toy.

3.) Yucca Wood

Yucca trees grow in hot, arid climates, producing soft wood that budgies seem to love.

 

They come in interesting options like kabobs and wood chips. If you’re looking to make something a little more DIY, it’s pretty easy to drill your own holes into pieces of yucca wood to assemble a toy.

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4.) Balsa Wood

Balsa wood is a softer wood and makes it a popular choice for your small beaks! You can get balsa wood chunks in a variety of shapes, like these rectangles from A Bird Toy.

5.) Cork Chunks

Cork is a unique, lightweight kind of tree bark that budgies love to pick apart with their beaks. Unlike some softer options like sola wood, cork chunks have a slightly more solid texture that some budgies may find more satisfying.

 

You can get sizeable chunks (like these offered by Parrot Joy) with or without pre-drilled holes.

Wrapping up...

Keeping your budgie’s brain and beak active isn’t just fun, it’s good for their wellbeing. DIY toys don’t have to be pretty or complicated: a few pieces of soft wood strung together can provide hours of play time. Don’t forget to visit Parrot Joy for a huge selection of bird-friendly options!

 

Want to know how else you can deck out your budgie’s cage? Check out our other articles on budgie equipment. And don’t forget: we’re on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!

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