With Easter just a few days away, many of us find ourselves thinking of baskets filled with treats. Consider making a basket for your parrot. Choose a basket of willow, wicker, twig, sea grass, or other natural unfinished material. These can be purchased new from most craft stores or found at cheep prices at thrift stores or yard sales.
Smaller baskets can be cleaned by running them through the dish washer with a non toxic detergent such as Oxy-Clean. Or bigger baskets can be soaked in a large sink or bath tub with 3 parts water and one part white vinegar, with a few drops of non toxic soap or GSE (grapefruit seed extract). Set the cleaned baskets in the sun to dry.
You call fill the basket with shredded paper, foot toys, and/or treats, use it as a toy base by tying other toy parts to it, incorporate small baskets into the construction of foraging or destructible toys, or you can just give the basket as it is.
You may find that your parrot enjoys these basket projects so much that you want to give them to her year round, not just for Easter.
Note of caution: Sometimes the presence of a basket positioned in such a way that a parrot can crawl into it can trigger or aggravate nesting behavior, if this is the case for your parrot, try hanging the basket sideways or upside down, or remove it from the cage area, and keep it only on a playstand.