Dear Bird Lover,
Did you know that Parrots, especially larger parrots such as Macaws, Cockatoos, and Amazons, have a mental capacity equal to that of a two year old child, with some parrots having intelligence equivalent to a three or four year old child?
As caring parrot owners, it is our responsibility to provide physical, mental, and emotional stimulation for our parrots. If we do not then our parrots will turn in to wild birds that bite and scream.
The easiest way to provide them with such stimulation, is knowing the importance of good parrot toys. Toys will not only offer your parrot great mental stimulation, but some toys will also help train your parrot to amuse him or herself. Others help to relieve boredom and stress; while others can even help bring out your parrot’s natural foraging instincts.
If you are the unlucky parent of a parrot that is seems to be bent on destroying anything and everything that is within reach of his beak and claws, then you will both benefit the most with good parrot toys. If your parrot truly is being destructive, chances are that he or she does not have enough toys to play with in their cage.
Remember that all parrots, regardless of age or size, should have at least five different toys to play with in their cage. It is best to have toys that not only have different colors and textures, but that also stimulate your parrot in different ways too.
One of the most important type of parrot toy to purchase for your parrot is one that encourages foraging. Foraging is a natural skill that all parrots do in the wild. In captivity, domesticated parrots can sometimes forget how to forage, as we make sure their food bowls are always full. Foraging toys usually work by placing your parrot’s favorite treats inside a puzzle-type toy where your parrot has to figure out how to get their treats out. These toys can double as puzzle toys, which can keep your parrot busy for ages!
Parrots that like to chew things up will appreciate toys that are designed to be shredded, such as those made with coconuts, or cardboard. These are great to keep your parrot’s beak very busy! Energetic parrots will enjoy having swings and boings in their cage. These toys will help your parrot stay physically active.
Good parrot toys provide a multitude of health and psychological benefits for your parrot and their importance should never be underestimated.
Can You Say Your Bird is Safe?
When you’re looking at giving toys to your bird, you have to be careful about what you’re giving him. Not everything is safe, and some things could be downright dangerous.
There are 3 primary considerations for your bird’s safety:
- Is the toy toxic? Many commercial toys are made with toxic items like formaldehyde, zinc coated metals, or toxic dyes.
- Can your bird become entangled in the toy? Toys with ropes and pieces that can unravel or tangle in the bird’s feet and nails should be used under supervision only. Birds have been known to self-mutilate if they become tangled. Toys also have to be size appropriate or you may find your bird gets stuck inside chains or holes.
- Can your bird ingest the toy? If your bird decides to eat the toy, he could poke holes in his digestive tracts or create a blockage.
Finding Safe Toy Options
While no toy is ever going to be 100% guaranteed safe, it is possible to find toys that are largely safe for your bird. Toys are important for your bird. It gives him entertainment and helps stave off boredom.
Some of the best toys are ones that help stimulate his natural bird instincts. Birds like to shred and pull at toys. Natural materials also help encourage these behaviors in a safe way. Natural materials like corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells are all excellent options in toys to help support your bird’s curiosity.
Parrots Toys by Mail Club
There’s a fabulous way to find toxin-free toys. It’s called Parrots Toys by Mail. It’s a mail club that is so simple you won’t believe it. Each month you’ll receive a package of new toys that have been specially selected just for your bird’s size and breed. They are also free of toxins, made of natural materials, and ready for your bird’s enjoyment.
You can even receive 6 free toys every single year!