Parrots are very protective of their space. If you introduce anything new to their cage, they will sit in the corner and sulk. All those ropes that hang from the top are quickly covered in dust because Jonathan won't have anything to do with them.
Birds really need to chew on something to keep their beaks in shape. Otherwise, they can grow so long the bird can't eat. Pieces of wood are the preferred play toy for parrots, and Jon gets lots of closet rods cut up into six inch pieces. That, by the way, is why he lives INSIDE a cage instead of outside with access to furniture. Yes, they will chew the legs off your chairs and shred your drapes.
As you can see here, Jon's beak is in pretty good shape. Good enough to cut your finger off if he really wanted to.
What they prefer MOST is paper. Jon will spend hours sitting on the floor trying to snake a piece of paper off the bottom of the cage so he can chew it up into a million pieces, the better to frustrate me with paper all over the floor. Truth be told, it's "her" nesting instinct.
Toilet paper rolls are even BETTER!!! In about three minutes it was unrecognizable ... that is after he screamed at it, poked at it and made sure it wouldn't bite back!! He put on quite the show!!
Alas, the paper roll was gone and Jon was again asleep on his perch, so I threw the ball for Cooper a few times. From the TV room, I launch it through the kitchen into the living room, making for a longer run and less throwing.
Cooper came back running around like crazy, meaning he couldn't find the ball. We both looked under and over everything. I tried to get him interested in another ball, but that wasn't happening!
I couldn't do this again if my life depended on it. This is where I finally found it, stuck in the back of a chair.
The rest of the day was spent working on the latest quilt and packing. Yes, it's getting close to that time again. Thankfully this time the only packing required is the refrigerator and some clothes.
And Jonathan ... and the kids ... and all their toys because I'd be knee deep in you know what if I leave one of Cooper's toys here!!
The weather couldn't be nicer, 75-85 during the day with cool 40 degree nights. Perfect weather for Easter egg hunting. Have you got your eggs dyed????