TOYS & SAFETY
Toys are not just to look pretty they absolutely serve a purpose. They are necessary for stimulation and to keep the birds beak and toenails in good condition as well as to keep them entertained. It is a good idea to rotate your toys in different locations throughout the cage as well as provide new toys regularly. Keep in mind that a variety is always good, different colors, sizes, sounds and challenges. Did you know that birds see more of a variety of colors than we do? They also love a challenge ladders, foraging toys that have hidden treats and such provide them something to chew on which they love but also challenges their mind which helps them stay occupied.
It is very important to monitor your toys to be sure they do not become hazardous by having broken parts, sharp points and ropes that are frayed and become a danger to name a few. If your bird is not used to toys they will be cautious of new toys at first that is ok, they will get used to them.
There are many different types of toys, we recommend a variety
Foraging Toys- Are toys that promote foraging, encourages your bird to forage for a treat or prize. These are great to keep your birds mind stimulated.
Shredding & Preening Toys- They are toys that encourage your bird to shred them which helps them relieve stress and becoming bored, it also helps them feel like they are preening which in turn often prevents them from over preening themselves or from plucking their feathers.
Chew Toys- Anything a bird can chew on that is safe is great for them because it is a major part of what they would do in the wild
Comfort Toys- Anything soft and a place to hide provides them comfort
Exercise Toys- Ladders and swings anything that provides movement and exercise is good for your bird.
Be sure to only use metals that bird safe to avoid metal poison, Stainless Steel and Nickel are bird safe- You have to watch the metal you hang toys with as well. Lead and Zinc are toxic to birds.
Bells are fun but can also be dangerous. Remove the clapper from the bells so the bird does not remove it and swallow it. Jingle bells are not recommended as the beak and toes can easily get caught in the opening of the bell.
Ropes, Cord String:
Ropes, Cords, Strings, Threads all have to monitored carefully because they carry a risk of strangulation and entrapment. Cotton rope is best.
Remember any type of string and even hair can wrap around your birds wing, toe, or foot and cut off the circulation. Always make sure loose strings are trimmed.
How can you reduce the risk of injury to your bird with rope toys and perches?
Follow these bird tips: Examine rope perches carefully prior to purchase. Be sure that rope perches are tightly wound.
Check the length of rope on toys. Shorter lengths are less likely to ensnare toes and legs. Examine the knots and avoid anything that looks like a noose.
Be sure hardware is safe. Avoid dog-leash style snap-hooks and shower-curtain style hooks.
Purchase the correct size rope perch for your bird.
Observe your bird with the rope perch until you are sure it can interact safely with the item. If you are unsure about its safety, remove the rope perch or toy from the cage when you are going to be out of earshot.
Discard rope perches and toys when they become heavily soiled or badly frayed.
Keep your bird's toenails trimmed so that they do not become caught in strands of rope.
Observe your bird to ensure it is not actually ingesting bits of rope or string, because a crop impaction or digestive emergency can result. Avian Veterinarian Robert Monaco of Long Island, NY, cautions that synthetics do not break down in the stomach.
There is no toy or rope perch that is 100-percent safe for all birds all the time. Know your bird and choose its toys and accessories carefully and regularly check them to ensure they are safe.