Dear Parrot Lover,
Did you know that if you owned a parrot that you it is almost the equivalent of having a two or three year old toddler in your home?
That is because parrots are extremely intelligent beings. In fact, the larger the parrot, the more intelligent they may be, often surpassing the mental capacity of two, three and sometimes even four year old children.
Everyone knows that the secret to a happy child, and a happy parent, is to have a child that is constantly kept busy! So is this true with parrots!
Parrots must be mentally, if not also physically, stimulated otherwise they will become a bit mental. They will act out, throw temper tantrums, bite, scream and become increasingly destructive.
The simple solution to these problems lies in providing your parrot with the perfect parrot toy. However, choosing such a toy can be a game in and of itself.
You can make it easier on yourself by following a few simple guidelines when choosing a toy for your smart big bird.
Firstly, read the label carefully on all bird toys. Some mass manufacturers knowingly incorporate harmful components in their bird toys, such as lead paint and toxic wood, like apple wood. A good bird toy will be made using Manzanite wood and vegetable-dyed leather.
Also carefully inspect how the toy itself is actually made. If there are small pieces of plastic, then this may not be the right type of toy for a big parrot as they can easily break off these pieces and swallow them. If there are bells on the toys, check to see if the clapper is welded securely to the bell itself. If not, see if you can remove it on your own. Yes, your parrot will have an ineffective bell toy, but they will be safer as they won’t be able to break of and swallow the clapper. Most of these clappers are constructed with lead anyway which can lead to lead poisoning immediately. A parrot will only live approximately two days with lead poisoning so please do be careful.
Other things to look out for are whether the toy has any long stringy pieces or corners where your parrot’s toes could get caught.
Toys that should be considered for your parrot are ones that help hone a parrot’s natural foraging skill and help stimulate their brain. Puzzle toys are perfect in this regard and are designed to be constantly gnawed on and eventually destroyed. These toys simply provide a learning experience for your parrot.
Parrots need at least five different toys, with each one being unique. This will ensure that your parrot is properly mentally and physically stimulated. Each toy should have different purpose, be a different color and have a different texture.
Fun Time for Your Bird
Do You Know What You’re Giving Your Bird?
I know you love your bird and want the best for him, but have you considered the safety of the toys he plays with? Do you know where they are made or how? Did you know there are NO regulations for the manufacture or sale of bird toys?
That’s the scary part! Most inexpensive bird toys (as well as lots of other products) are made in China these days. In case you didn’t know, there are many problems in other pet products that come from China. All you have to do is look at the chicken jerky made for dogs or the new report of FAKE
beef being used!
The bird industry isn’t immune to this same stuff, and these cheap toys are made of unhealthy items that just aren’t safe or that easily break.
A Better Option in Toys
It is possible to find safe options for your bird. There is the possibility to make your own toys in D-I-Y projects, but you have to be very careful about what you’re buying and putting together.
The safer choice is to get your toys from someone else that has already done all of the hard work for you. The Parrot Toys by Mail Club has done the research, sourced out only the safest and most natural materials, and has tested toys with real birds.
You can’t find these toys in any pet store. Instead, you will receive toys every month that have been preselected just for your bird based on his size and breed. The toys are non-toxic and made of materials like bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, oyster shells, and corn cobs. They are made to be enjoyed by your bird and help stimulate more natural play behavior.
As a member, your toys will ship directly to your house each month plus, the best part, you can receive 6 free toys every single year! Your bird will have the enjoyment of new toys each month, and you’ll have the ease of getting safe toys!