Keeping your Parrot busy with Toys
A well-furnished cage should have a minimum of ten toys.
Parrots should not be easily seen in their cage.
This is their home and they should feel camouflaged. In the wild. Parrots live in trees so they can be heard, not seen.
They build their nest inside trees surrounded by more trees. They raise there, young using the safety of other trees.
Good toys have different shapes and textures for the bird to explore and destroy.
Some of the toys needs to make your pet bird work for food.
These are toys that make them work for their treats or foods. Parrots in the wild will spend the majority of their time hunting and foraging.
Toys stimulate their mind and help replicate actions they would execute in the wild. Proper toys and placement enhance a healthy life in captivity.
Parrots think they are working for food while people sees birds playing with toys as birds; playing with bird toys.
Your pet parrot is always thinking, and they think playing with toys is their job. The need to forage is what nature gave them to survive.
If you provide no means of foraging, your bird will seek other avenues.
They may chew on your furniture or personal belongings.
It is important to encourage your pet parrot to work for food because it is a natural behavior.
Some of their toys should be made to give the stimulation of preening . The A & E Cage Company makes a wonderful Large Preening Bird Toy.
Birds love to preen, and those that don't have a buddy on hand will appreciate this preening toy.
Adorned with brightly colored ropes to stimulate your bird and satisfy his instincts. Attaches easily to most bird cages with a metal ring.
Large birds like macaws and Cockatoos may have a huge appetite.
Introduce hardwood toys into cages and perhaps toys with hard plastics so they can spend more time on the various pieces.
The balance of toys should be easily shredded.
Toys may be store bought or home made. Parrot toy parts are available and helps keep toy making economical.
Soft wood, paper, leather and other textures are important for the bird to explore and destroy
Introduce pieces of food like broccoli or corn, using one of many commercially available or home made toy holders.
The food on the toy holder rewards them for playing.
The more textures, shapes, sizes and colors the better.
Diversity is important because in the wild your birds eat a diverse diet.
A large selection of toys helps maintain your feathered companions interest.
The majority of toys should hang or be placed in the upper third of the cage.
Introduce a few more to the middle third (without hampering access to food dishes) around a perch made from soft wood,
comfortable to grasp depending on the size of the bird’s feet.
The bottom third of the cage should remain relatively uncluttered to allow the bird to walk freely.
Spot-check toys and perches on a daily basis looking for frayed or sharp edges that may potentially harm your bird.
The more you change the toy and perch arrangement, the more you challenge your companion parrot.
It helps them socialize and helps avoids “toy-phobia”
Parrots can develop phobic reactions to new people, new furniture, and even new birds.
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