Trained Parrot BlogParrot Wizard Online Parrot Toy StoreThe Parrot Forum

Egg cartons

Share ideas for making your own parrot toys. What are the best things for parrots to play with? Show pictures of parrots with toys.

Egg cartons

Postby Navre » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:13 am

I was going to make a toy for my grey with egg cartons, but I was concerned about salmonella from the eggs, and I didn't think there was any way to clean an egg carton.

Perhaps I could microwave it?
Navre
African Grey
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is male
Posts: 1337
Number of Birds Owned: 3
Types of Birds Owned: Turquoise Green Cheek Conure
Timneh African Grey
Hooded Parrot
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby Wolf » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:40 am

I would check out the use of UV light. I know that it does destroy many bacterial life forms, but I do not know if salmonella is among them. I think that using the microwave might be too dangerous to use for this purpose. You would have better heat control with an oven and as long as the temperature remains less than 600 degrees Faranheit the egg carton should not catch on fire. I would not set the oven above 450 degree. just to be safe, but is that enough to kill salmonella, I don't know?
Wolf
Macaw
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is male
Posts: 8679
Location: Lansing, NC
Number of Birds Owned: 6
Types of Birds Owned: Senegal
African Grey (CAG)
Yellow Naped Amazon
2Celestial Parrotlet
Budgie
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby Navre » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:42 am

I don't think the microwave would heat it up if there is no moisture in it. I was hoping that the microwaves would destroy any bacteria.

Using a conventional oven is also an idea.

I know UV light is supposed to work, but I've seen politicians walking around in the full sun, unaffected, so I'm suspect.

My grey came from the rescue with a homemade toy that was made out of small plates, the same material as egg cartons. He ignored it for a while, but once he decided it was safe (a month-long process for a grey) he really enjoyed tearing it up.
Navre
African Grey
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is male
Posts: 1337
Number of Birds Owned: 3
Types of Birds Owned: Turquoise Green Cheek Conure
Timneh African Grey
Hooded Parrot
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby liz » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:23 am

I put a cup of water in the microwave and set for 10 minutes when I want to sterilize toys. It does not take much time for the toys to dry.
User avatar
liz
Macaw
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is female
Posts: 6467
Location: Hernando FL
Number of Birds Owned: 13
Types of Birds Owned: DYH Amazon Rainbow
BF Amazon Myrtle
Cockatiels: Shadow Tammy Tommy Maggie Lacy Flutter Phoenix Jackie Andy Gimpy Louise
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby Pajarita » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:31 am

150 F kills all bacteria, including salmonella.
Pajarita
Norwegian Blue
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is female
Posts: 11633
Location: NE New Jersey
Number of Birds Owned: 30
Types of Birds Owned: Toos, grays, zons, canaries, finches, cardinals, senegals, jardine, redbelly, sun conure, button quail, GCC, PFC, lovebirds
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby Navre » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:47 pm

Thanks for the info, guys!
Navre
African Grey
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is male
Posts: 1337
Number of Birds Owned: 3
Types of Birds Owned: Turquoise Green Cheek Conure
Timneh African Grey
Hooded Parrot
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby DanaandPod » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:38 pm

My budgies love egg cartons. I just make sure theres no egg drip.
Piccolo and Pod
User avatar
DanaandPod
Poicephalus
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is female
Posts: 290
Location: Connecticut
Number of Birds Owned: 4
Types of Birds Owned: male Jardines parrot, a meyers parrot, and two budgies
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby liz » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:21 am

I buy eggs in plastic containers. I wash them in dish soap and let them dry naturally. They like to destroy them almost as much as boxes.
User avatar
liz
Macaw
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is female
Posts: 6467
Location: Hernando FL
Number of Birds Owned: 13
Types of Birds Owned: DYH Amazon Rainbow
BF Amazon Myrtle
Cockatiels: Shadow Tammy Tommy Maggie Lacy Flutter Phoenix Jackie Andy Gimpy Louise
Flight: Yes

Re: Egg cartons

Postby Navre » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:58 am

My neighbor now has chickens, so egg cartons are sent to him for a refill.
Navre
African Grey
 
Gender: This parrot forum member is male
Posts: 1337
Number of Birds Owned: 3
Types of Birds Owned: Turquoise Green Cheek Conure
Timneh African Grey
Hooded Parrot
Flight: Yes


Return to Toys, Accessories, and DIY

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

Parrot ForumArticles IndexTraining Step UpParrot Training BlogPoicephalus Parrot InformationParrot Wizard Store