raffia is the artsy thing you can get at craft stores that looks sort of like string made out of straw. it comes in different dyed colors but i would get the natural color one. I just hang a few strands in the cage to gnaw on, and you can hang some toys from it too. it is very appealing to keets.
as far as biting - sometimes my keet would get SOOO excited if he was eating brocolli out of my hands that he would start biting the fleshy part of my finger tips really HARD - it killed. But after wobbling him a few times he stopped and I don't think he's done it for at least a year now if not longer.
But if you get another one, they don't nessacarily lose your bond. Skittles and Sunny are long-lost lovers, but Sunny hasn't lost his training. Even though they play, chirp, and bond a lot with each other, it totally depends on the bird if they choose to do the same with you.
i'm not terribly worried about losing too much of a bond b/c i constantly have tweetie out and getting used to me....she's located in the living room where i'm always at too, so she gets alot of attention from me. if i got another one, that one would get the exact same treatment...i guess its just building up the confidence to get another one....plus, i really don't know how to introduce another bird.
I might have to get some of that raffia...i think i know hwat your talkign about....she is constantly biting tho, andt he toys she does have are mainly plastic....she does have a cuttle bone and i always give her millet...what about rope toys?
every keet is different so you will have to experiment with toys. my keet doesn't seem to care much for rope - but he loves raffia - which you can get at any craft store, - michael, joannes, etc. i know alot of keets like hemp and i do hang a few toys from hemp (also available at craft stores), but my keet doesn't really bother much with it.
i'm really going to have to get sosmething like that b/c she sure has a biting need. but today i've noticed a huge difference with her biting...i've been givingn her an "unstable pirch" when she sits on my hand and bites and it really payed off!! in just a couple days!!! today i took her out and no biting! when i took her off her play gym she did bite, but basically just to keep my finger steady when she steps up....I'm shocked at how well she's doing!
I'm glad this was brought up becasue i just started having the same problem with Peri. He/she is very dominant...although i believe he is a boy. anyway, the past couple of playtimes (I try to hold them on my hand for a while each playtime) he has started to bite/chew on the flesh of my hand. Bleu bites on my fingernails, i think he is curious, but Peri bites on my flesh. I will try these methods. Raffia sounds good. You know the handles on a paper gift bag? alot of times they are raffia, it kind of looks like a paper rope. you can unwrap and use it as a "ribbon" for gifts, etc. I will try some things i read here.
My birds love beads strung on hemp, just make sure the beads are big enough that they can't swallow them and the knots are tied tightly. Also as to losing your bond wiht your bird. Nouba and I were very very good friends but I was at work and school a lot (she was always out sitting with me when I was home though, even if i was watching tv she sat on my shoulder or my lap or on the couch next to me) So I got Darcy to keep her company. They get the exact same attntion as before (well not really becaus Nouba's becoming meaner and meaner) And Nouba still got mean. Not right away but after a bit. She's still the tamer of the two, she sits on my hand and my shoulder and doesn't fly away unlike Darcy (who btw never bites, if I could smush them together they'd be the perfect bird) But just so you know, even if you have a good relationship the new bird will influence your bird and most likely in a direction away from you unless you get a hand fed socialized baby from a breeder.
My baby girl used to bite like you describe just after she was handtrained. When she did I just put her down and completely ignored her for a few minutes. The message seemed to get through, because she has stopped biting almost completely now. Or maybe this is just a stage the females go through.