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Picking Out Toys for Your Bird

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

One of the best types of toys for parrots of all ages and species, are foraging toys. These are the types of toys that provide ample opportunity for parrots to want to work for their food and treats.

Basically a foraging toy is a toy in which food and treats are either hidden or offered to a parrot in such a way in that they have to work on getting to the food or treats. The definition of foraging, according to the dictionary, is “the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter”. You may not think of your parrot as a hunter, but in the wild that is what parrots do: they hunt for their food. They actively seek out fruit, nuts, and other vegetation needed to sustain themselves.

Domesticated parrots are provided bowls of fruit every day. As humans we feed our parrots the best food we can. But a parrot is still wild at heart and needs to forage occasionally for its food.

Foraging encourages a parrot’s natural hunting skills, as well as skills in detection and improves focus. Foraging toys give bored parrots something to do too. There are many choices for foraging toys for parrots that can be bought online and in your local pet shop. But some of the best options are those foraging toys you make yourself at home.

If you don’t think that your parrot knows how to forage, you may need to encourage them by punching howls into a clean paper towel and then putting it over your bird’s food bowl. Your parrot will be able to see his food, but will only be able to get to it once he has either shredded the paper towel or tossed it aside. You can progress from this by wrapping up larger pieces of treats in the paper and tossing it inside the food bowl. Eventually remove all bird food from the bowl and only have a few balls of paper-covered treats along with a few inedible objects such as wood or leather bits. Your parrot will have to figure out where the food is and then figure out how to open the paper balls to get to his food.

Another option for a homemade foraging parrot toy is to place nuts in a paper bag and then either hang the bag from the top of the cage or lie it down on the bottom of the cage.

Stainless steel skewers make a wonderful base for a foraging toy. Simply thread fruit or vegetables onto the skewer. Alternate the food with items that can be shredded and destroyed such as wood blocks or leather pieces.

Picking Out Toys for Your Bird

Boredom for the pet bird

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Imagine if you were sitting in a room all alone by yourself with nothing to do at all. Unfortunately that is what many of our pet birds experience on an almost daily basis. It’s very hard for a bird to sit still for a long period of time as birds are very active in the wild. Captivity has a way of slowing it down for them. This can lead to a restless bird that develops behavioral issues from stress and boredom such as feather plucking.

Toys are one way to help alleviate some of this boredom your bird inevitable encounters.

Click here to learn about behavioral problems associated with boredom in birds

How to pick out the right toys for your bird

How do you know what’s the best kind of toys to pick for your bird? The two primary things to think about are safety and what your bird likes. You only want toys that are deemed to be safe in construction and in materials. No chemicals or metals (like zinc coated metal links) at all! Be careful of rope toys that can easily tangle your bird during play.

The next consideration is what your bird likes to play with. Toys that are left lying in the cage and never touched are about as bad as not having toys at all. You should select toys based on what your bird likes which you’ll know over time. Does he like to climb on things? Does he like using his beak to tear things apart? These are just two examples of options that might guide your purchase.

Click here for other things to consider with toy selection

The easiest way to get the perfect toys for your bird

The Parrot Toys by Mail Club is the easy way to select toys that your bird is sure to love. The club is convenient because all you have to do is sit at home and wait for the mail and voila! …3 new size appropriate, safe, and fun bird toys arrive each month. You select the size of toys based on your bird, and the Parrot Toys by Mail Club does the rest.

There is no risk, and you can cancel at any time. All toys are guaranteed to be a lot of fun as all styles of toys have been tested out by birds already to make sure they pass bird approval! You’ll also receive up to 6 FREE toys over the course of a year!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Best Toys for Your Bird

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like small toddlers, parrots need to have daily scheduled play time outside of their cage. On average, this play time should be at least 2 hours of supervised play. If you work from home, or are retired, then extending this playtime will only benefit your parrot in the long run.

But you can’t simply open the door on your parrot’s cage and expect your parrot to just climb out on his own and keep himself occupied. If you do, you may find that your parrot has a penchant for playing ‘Tarzan’ from your curtains or likes to sharpen his beak on the backs of your wooden dining room chairs!

In order to get the most out of your parrot’s play time, you will need to supply your parrot with something to do and something to play with. This could simply be placing your parrot on a small tabletop perch on the corner of your work desk while you type away at your computer. This works – as long as your parrot is well-behaved and not inclined to climb down on his own and go exploring.

Parrot play time could also involve you teaching your parrot a few tricks. Larger, more intelligent parrots, such as Macaws and Cockatoos can be taught to play mini-basketball or even ride a small skateboard. There are many trick training videos and DVDs you can purchase online if parrot trick training interests you.

One of the best ways to allow your parrot to have some great play time outside his cage is to provide him with a play stand. Just like his cage, buy him the largest play stand you can afford. Bigger really is better when it comes to your parrot’s mental and physical well-being. Look for a play stand that is easy to clean and comes with detachable food and water dishes.

Your chosen play stand should have multiple play options to exercise both your parrot’s mind and body. For example, the play stand should have a variety of perches that are different diameters to help stretch and relax your parrot’s feet. A rope swing or rope bungie will also provide your parrot with some much needed exercise. A foraging toy or puzzle toy will help stimulate your parrot’s brain. If your parrot play stand does not already come with these kinds of toys, make sure that you can purchase them separately and affix them to the play stand on your own.

Just remember to always supervise your parrot anytime he is outside of his cage. This will eliminate any chances of your parrot getting hurt.

Best Toys for Your Bird

The stir crazy bird

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Do you remember what it was like when you were a little kid and were stuck in the house with nothing to do for days on end? Maybe it was rainy or snowy and you couldn’t play outside. You just about went stir crazy, didn’t you?

Our pet birds are exactly the same way except every day is a pent-up indoor day. They have to have things to do! The wild bird has endless activity each day just due to the pure need to survive and live the natural life. A captive bird, although the same as the wild bird in needs and heart, doesn’t have to do a variety of things each day to survive. He just needs things to do for entertainment. That means a variety of toys.

Read more about how toys enrich your bird’s life

Selecting the best toys

You want toys your bird will actually play with and like. Toys that can be climbed on, chewed, and even torn apart are all excellent toys that fulfill your bird’s natural desires. Rotating your bird’s toys every few weeks is important too so he stays interested. Rotating his toys means that they are always new and fresh!

Safety is a key factor in making decisions about toys. You want to make sure that all of your bird’s toys aren’t made of cheap materials that simply break or contain metals or materials that are toxic. There isn’t a safety evaluator who oversees the bird toy industry, so you have to really be careful about what you buy.

Read more about unsafe things in toys

The best way to find bird toys

The Parrot Toys by Mail Club is the easiest and safest way to get your bird new toys. A small monthly fee brings new 3 new toys to your house each month. These toys are made of safe, non-toxic materials. They are made especially for your size of bird too, and all the toy styles have been pre-tested by a professional bird owning and training family to ensure that the toys are popular for play. They are created to really stimulate your bird’s instincts, so toys are made of natural materials to encourage your bird’s desire to chew and be curious.

In addition to the monthly toys, you’ll be able to earn 6 FREE toys over the course of a year, and you’ll also receive a special report, Keeping Your Birds SAFE From ?The 100 Most Common Household Toxins, when you sign up. No risk involved; total satisfaction!

Learn more about Parrot Toys by Mail Club

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Fun, Safe Bird Toys

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Due to their high intelligence level, parrots need to be both mentally and physically stimulated. This will help to prevent them from becoming bored or depressed. This kind of stimulation will also avoid your parrot from turning into a compulsive, destructive, maniac. By far the easiest way to fulfill both physical and mental needs is to provide your parrot with a multitude of
bird-safe toys.

Since most parrots, especially the larger species such as Macaws, Cockatoos, and Amazons, are the mental and emotional equivalent of an inquisitive toddler, it is extremely necessary for their overall wellbeing to have suitable toys with which to play.

However, since it can be quite difficult to choose the perfect type of toy for your best friend, it is often best to make your own. Having a few extra homemade toys stored away will come in handy when your parrot destroys one of his store-bought ones, or when you need to switch up his toys so he doesn’t get too bored.

Here are a few homemade parrot toys suggestions:

  • Take a clean, empty, paper towel roll. Spread lots of chunky peanut butter all over the paper towel roll. Next, spread some of your parrot’s favorite bird seed mixture on a baking pan. Roll the peanut-butter covered paper towel roll back and forth across the baking pan, ensuring that the roll gets completely covered in the bird seed mixture. Punch a hole at the top of the roll with a knife and thread some cotton twine through. Attach the peanut-butter and bird seed roll to your parrot’s cage as a great alternative to a treat stick!
  • Another food treat is simply string freshly popped, unbuttered and unsalted, popcorn on cotton twine for your parrot to enjoy!
  • Make a sock toy: For this project you will need an old pair of socks – just make sure the socks are clean first. Cut off any elastic that may be around the top opening of the sock. Next, using a pair of sharp scissors, cut up the socks into several different strip widths, from the top of the sock to just a few inches away from the toe. Then punch a hole, or even cut a tiny slit if you’d prefer, within the toe area. Use a plastic baby link and push it through the hole. Hang up the sock toy for hours of parrot fun!
  • Sock Alternative: Using the sock toy method above, once the strips of sock have been cut, simply braid them together as tightly as you can. You could also string a few hard plastic beads onto the strips at various intervals first. The end result is a thick, fat, sock braid that will encourage your parrot to preen.

Fun, Safe Bird Toys


What kind of toys should you give your bird?

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It’s not an easy task to select a toy your pet parrot will enjoy, but toys play an important role in a bird’s mental health. Birds use their beaks for just about everything, and toys help relieve a bird’s daily stress and give him something to use his beak for other than biting!

Shredding, pulling on objects, and chewing on things are all activities that you will see a bird do. These are natural behaviors that come instinctively to your bird and have real world value to them. These are considerations when looking for toys because food foraging toys, shreddable toys, or toys that contain chewing spots are all potentially good choices.

Something else to consider is your bird’s personality. What does he like to do? Does he like climbing or hanging upside down? Does he like shredding his toys apart? Does he chew on things in your house if you’re not watching? Any toy you find for him should match his individual personality as well as his size so that it not only entertains him but is safe for him.

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Safety as a consideration

Toys that are made of natural materials often are the best and safest option for your bird. They are designed to be played with, shredded, and in many cases eventually taken apart. As with any toy you want to watch for damage and replace when unsafe, but natural materials offer him the opportunity to play as he would most like to. It also lets you not worry about harmful chemicals,
metals, or other toxic materials.

Parrot Toys by Mail is one way to make sure your bird gets new, fun and safe toys each month delivered right to your door. Plus, the club cares about your bird and his safety so all toys are created out of natural materials that are safe. Toys will always be size appropriate for your individual bird too.

Click here to read more about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club and how to join

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Are Your Bird’s Toys Safe?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Every parrot owner wants the very best for their feathered friend and will usually spare no cost in purchasing the biggest cage, quality food and treats, and even lavish toys. But did you know that being so excessive
with your money could actually be harmful to your parrot?

One of the most commonly seen occurrences of vet visits for birds and parrots stem from injuries sustained from poor, or unhealthy, parrot toys.

That rope perch looked like a fun perch for your parrot – until his toe nail got caught up in the fraying cotton.

That wooden swing also looked like fun – until your parrot got sick chewing on the wood. That wooden swing was made out of Apple wood which is harmful to parrots.

That brightly colored toy was a beautiful addition to your parrot’s cage – until he got sick. Turns out that the colors used to dye the wood weren’t ‘bird-safe’.

And that toy with the shiny bell sounded so lovely – until your clever parrot managed to dislodge, and swallow, the clapper resulting in metal toxicity.

This is why it is so very important to learn how to choose safe parrot toys. When choosing a safe toy look for parrot toys that are created using one or more of the following:

  • Vegetable dyed wood
  • Tanned vegetable leather
  • Iron
  • Manzanite wood

When choosing a safe parrot toy, avoid toys that are created using any of the following:

  • Zinc or lead coatings
  • Lead-based paint
  • Adhesives, glues, and lacquers that are harmful to pets and babies
  • Formaldehyde in any form
  • Woods known to be harmful to parrots

Most parrot toys that are commonly found in major pet stores and retail chains are manufactured overseas and then imported into America. While these toys do look ‘pretty’, overseas countries have lower pet health standards. Which could mean a very big difference between a safe and a non-safe parrot toy.

If you are truly concerned about the origins of your parrot’s toy, look for toys that specifically state that they are manufactured in the USA. Better yet, make your own parrot toy! This is a fun activity that the whole family can join in on and you can find many great toy making ideas, along with suppliers, online.

Are Your Bird’s Toys Safe?


Fun and safe!

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There was a time long ago when we thought a bird only needed a cage and maybe one or two toys that consisted of mirrors and bells. We didn’t know what was safe and what wasn’t, so we trusted the toys we purchased. You may even remember this time.

What we didn’t know was that not everything was safe. Toys broke or were made from unsafe materials, but we didn’t know better. Huge advancements in knowledge and care have come into the bird toy industry in the past few years, and you can now find toys that work to enrich your bird’s mind and keep him safe.

What is safe?

There are things you want to consider when selecting toys for your bird:

  • How natural is the toy? You want toys that have more natural parts to them that can wake up a bird’s natural behavior. But, avoid products that contain flavorings because birds may eat the toys instead of play.
  • Where did the toy come from and what’s in it? Try to really read any packaging and learn the toy’s origin and what is in the toy. You want safe, natural vegetable dyes to color any parts of the toy. You don’t want formaldehyde to preserve anything or zinc coating on metals either. Birds are highly sensitive to toxins.
  • Size and shape are very important for safety. Know what size of toy is recommended for a bird your size and only purchase that size. The wrong size can be broken, and ropes and chains can entangle a bird.

Click here to learn about other safety considerations in bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club is a great option for safe toys

Parrots Toys by Mail is a really great option available to bird lovers. It is a place that not only offers really neat and fun toys for your bird, but they are also safe. You can trust that the materials that go into the toys are safe products free of toxins.

The toys stimulate natural behaviors in your bird, and this helps to create the best situation for his mental health too. The way Parrot Toys by Mail works is that you receive specially selected toys just for your bird each month! They will be the right size, and you’ll see how much your bird loves them.
The toys are made of natural materials like leather, bamboo, cuttle bone, coconut shell, and sisal. They encourage your bird to pull, shred, and play to his heart’s content.

Because new toys come each month, it’s easy to routinely rotate your bird’s toys to make sure he doesn’t tire of any one toy.

Click here to read more about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club and how to join

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Toys for Your Bird’s Happiness

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Let’s face it: bird toys are pricy…and the bigger your parrot is, the bigger the toy is and the bigger the price tag will be.

But parrot toys don’t necessarily need to be expensive. Sure, you can hop on down to your local pet store and purchase a shiny new parrot toy. But you have no guarantee whether your parrot will like that toy or not. You also do not have any guarantee on where that toy was made, or where the parts were sourced.

An alternative here is to make your own natural bird toys for your parrot to enjoy. Allow your creativity to run wild!

Who better to provide your parrot with a fun, and safe, toy, than you – the parrot toy maker!

Regardless of the size or species, all parrots enjoy chewing up and climbing up natural branches and twigs. Take a stroll along a nearby nature trail, venture through a national forest, or simply take a walk through your backyard. You’ll be sure to find many different sizes of branches, twigs, and sticks that have fallen off the trees due to high winds or age.

There are only two simple rules here: 1. Be very sure that the trees have never been sprayed with any type of noxious pesticide; 2. Be very sure of the type of tree before selecting a branch to take home.

Here is a partial list of commonly found trees that are also safe for parrots and birds to chew and play with:

Apple

Dogwood

Arbutus

Elm

Ash

Fir

Aspen

Hawthorn

Beech

Larch

Birch

Pine

Cottonwood

Poplar

Crab-apple

Willow

Branches from these trees make great perches. Parrots should have at least three different sized perches in their cages. Having varying sizes will help exercise and strengthen a parrot’s toes, feet, and leg muscles. Natural knobs and twists add to the exercise.

Foraging parrots can be given any of these safe tree branches with its leaves and bark still attached. Just be sure to thoroughly wash the branches in water with a little non-toxic soap. They can be laid outside in the sun to dry for a few hours. If you are worried about diseases, or you just want to play it especially safe, you can disinfect the branches by immersing them in a 1:10 solution of bleach and water, before thoroughly rinsing them and laying them out to dry in the sun as well. You may even want to place smaller branches onto a baking sheet and dry them out in the oven on a low heat setting.

Do stay away from any of the trees that fall within the Prunus family as they are made up of cyanogenic glycosides which release cyanide when ingested. These trees include:

Apricot

Cherry

Nectarine

Peach

Prune

Toys for Your Bird’s Happiness


Toys are a vital element in a bird’s life

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You can’t underestimate how important toys are in your bird’s daily life. They provide him with much of his entertainment when left alone in his cage and when you’re not there. Without this mental stimulation and enrichment your bird can easily develop behavioral problems that are undesirable and can be dangerous to his health.

There are a few primary factors when selecting toys for your bird:

  • Textures of the toy and the ability to chew. Birds love to chew on their toys and varying textures can help stimulate this natural behavior.
  • The appearance of it. This isn’t about if we find it attractive. Instead, the colors of a toy can draw a bird in since birds can see a very wide spectrum of colors.
  • The mental stimulation factor of the toy. Toys that allow for enrichment where the bird can use natural behaviors are best. Can you hide food within the toy to encourage foraging behavior, for example?
  • The safety of the toy. Can the bird damage the toy, ingest pieces of it, or otherwise endanger himself with the toy? For example, toys with a lot of rope can entangle a bird’s feet or can unravel.

Click here to learn about other factors in bird toys

Making sure toys are safe

While it’s important for your bird to have toys, you do want the toys to be safe. You want to make sure the size is appropriate for your individual bird, and you want to make sure no toxic materials are incorporated into the toy.

You also want to make sure that the toy stimulates natural behaviors for your bird because this creates the best scenario for mental health. Shredding and pulling at toys are natural behaviors so some of the best natural materials for a toy are things like leather, bamboo, cuttle bone, coconut shell, and sisal.

It is always important to routinely rotate your bird’s toys to make sure your bird doesn’t tire of any one toy, and this also gives you an opportunity to inspect toys for damage and remove any that are.

Learn more about toxin-free options in bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club

Parrots Toys by Mail is a great option for toxin-free toys that are readily available and shipped right to you. It’s a mail club that is so simple you won’t believe it. Every month the club will send you brand new toys that are specially selected just for your bird. This way you know the size and materials of each toy are exactly what you need. They are also free of toxins, made of natural materials, and ready for your bird’s enjoyment.

Click here to read more about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club and how to join

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Keeping Your Bird Safe During Play

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots are very intelligent beings. So intelligent, in fact, that they have the same mental capacity and intelligence as a two to three year old human child!

Just like children, these parrots need to be mentally stimulated. If they are not, they will literally go mad. They will also become increasingly destructive. But proper parrot toys also help parrots to hone their foraging skills.

But choosing the perfect parrot toy is essential to your parrot’s overall health and mental wellbeing. Did you know that parrot’s require a minimum of five toys? Each of these parrot toys should be as unique as your parrot. They must all be different colors, have different textures and, more
importantly they must each serve a different purpose.

The most important type of parrot toy is a foraging toy. When living in the wild, parrots forage for the food, but in a caged captivity environment, such as in your home, parrots do not have as much of an opportunity to forage for their food. Foraging helps to keep your both your parrot’s mind and beak very busy. Foraging toys allow you to place your parrot’s favorite treats inside them. Your parrot now has to attempt to figure out how to get their yummy treats out of the toy.

If your bird is quiet destructive whenever he is let out of his cage, and prefers to rip up your curtains, then you will certainly need to purchase a special kind of toy. This type of toy will be one that is meant to be destroyed by your parrot, such as a shreddable toy. But the time it takes your parrot to do this should be quite a while. If it takes your parrot only a few hours or minutes to destroy their new toy, then do not buy that toy again in the future. Those toys are a waste of your money.

The next best type of parrot toy is a puzzle toy. These carefully constructed toys are meant to keep your parrot happily occupied for hours. Some puzzle toys are designed to be nibbled on and even destroyed. With these toys it is important to remember that it is the learning experience that counts and not necessarily how much the toy can withstand from your parrot’s strong beak.

Other great toys to purchase are foot toys that your parrot can play with both in and out of his cage. If your parrot spends a lot of time outside of his cage, then consider buying a play gym. This free standing gym resembles a tree on which you can hang a few toys for you parrot. With branches pointing in different directions, your parrot will also be working out his feet.

Parrot toys provide your parrot with safe opportunities to explore and investigate various textures and tastes. Such toys offer many health and psychological benefits for your parrot.

Keeping Your Bird Safe During Play

What do you know about your bird’s toys?

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Do you know what materials are in your bird’s toys or if they can be considered safe for him? Many commercially made toys may look fun but can actually pose a serious health risk to your bird. Many birds have died from ingesting poisonous materials on toys that looked like they would
be fun.

It’s always safest to purchase your toys from a trusted birding manufacturer that specializes in safe and fun toys. You want to avoid toys that incorporate metals that may be zinc coated or paints that may have lead. Natural seeming products like leather or ropes need to be free of toxins and should only be dyed with natural dyes and free of arsenic or formaldehyde.

Click here to learn more about other potential toxins in many bird toys

Toys are meant to be played with

The toys you give your bird should be meant to played with, and for birds that means chewed on, pulled at, and even in some cases destroyed. Birds naturally chew things like wood, and in the absence of these opportunities, your bird will develop other behavioral issues like chewing on things he shouldn’t or pulling out his own feathers.

The best toys are naturally made and safe but also bring out his natural instincts. Some natural materials that are great options for bird toys are: corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells. These help stimulate his curiosity while not being toxic.

Learn more about fun and safe bird toys

Where can you find toys that are safe?

It can be hard to know where to trust for safe toys. Luckily, there is one place you can trust, and it’s only very convenient and easy. It’s called Parrot Toys by Mail.

Parrot Toys by Mail is a mail club that is incredibly easy. Every month you will receive toys that are selected just for your bird. Toys like the Bamboo Man, the Shredding Butterfly, and the Climbing Wall will excite and thrill your bird! The best part is that they are safe, toxin-free, and ready for play.

Click here to learn about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Fun Time for Your Bird

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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?

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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.

Click here to learn more about unsafe things in bird toys

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.

Learn more about Parrot Toys by Mail Club

It’s Easy!

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!

Click here to read more about the toys and joining the club

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Safe and Fun Bird Toys

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots are very fun to watch, especially when they are playing and interacting with their toys. As a responsible and loving pet owner you have surely bought your parrot a myriad of toys.

But have you bought the best parrot toys possible? Were you aware that the bird toys that you buy for your parrot can actually have a direct and very serious impact on both your parrot’s physical and psychological health?

Unfortunately, this all very true!

What most new parrot owners do not know is that nearly every type of parrot has the mental capacity equivalent to that of a two to three year old child. And just like a toddler, your parrot continually needs to be both physically and mentally stimulated in order for them to be as happy and
as healthy as possible for their entire lifetime. It is easy to tell which parrots have not been properly stimulated, because those are typically the ones that are overly destructive. These parrots sometimes turn on themselves in frustration and become feather pluckers.

There are a lot of bird toys that are very unhealthy for your parrot to play with. Sadly, as the increase in parrot ownership rises around the globe, so does the amount of unscrupulous bird toy manufactures who think they can make a quick buck or two by creating and selling cheap bird toys. Unfortunately most of these bird toys are actually created using very harmful substances, such as using wood that comes from an apple tree. Such wood contains elements of cyanide, as does the seeds of apples, and prolonged exposure can be lethal to parrots. Other harmful parrot toys are made with harsh chemical dyes used to create bright, happy colors that will draw in both you and your parrot. Some
parrot toys have zinc bells or chains on them that could flake off in your parrot’s beak.

Remember that parrots are flock animals and will therefore not show any sign of being sick until it almost too late to get them to the veterinarian for help.

In order to make certain that your parrot has the best parrot toy possible, be sure to carefully read the label on the toy. Be on the lookout for any woods, dyes, chemicals or metals that are known to be harmful to parrots. Whenever possible, try to make your parrot’s toys on your own. That way you will always know what the components are made up of and that they are safe for your parrot.

Safe and Fun Bird Toys


Do You Trust the Toys You Give Your Bird?

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I don’t want to scare you, but I want to make sure you really, truly feel safe with the toys you give your bird.

Here’s the thing. I did too, until the toys broke with little play and pieces of metal and plastic were available for the bird to eat! Luckily, none was ingested, but if it had been….

Bird toys can actually be harmful for our birds. They can break; they can be made of unsafe materials such as chemicals, zinc, lead, toxic wood stains, and even formaldehyde. Plus, many toys are made inexpensively outside of the country where there is absolutely no one watching how they are made or what goes into them.

Click here to learn more about unsafe things in bird toys

There Are Safe Toys!

The good news is that there are plenty of safe toys available to you. They are not only non-toxic and fun, but they also simulate natural bird behavior. Have you ever watched your bird play with a toy he really likes? You’ll notice he likes to use his feet and his beak to investigate it. He likes to
pull at it, shred it, and in some cases, even destroy it.

Toys made of natural materials help encourage all of this natural behavior, which is great for your bird’s brain too. Safe natural materials include things like corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells.

Learn more about toxin-free bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club

If you really want to have the best access to these kinds of toys, which you can’t find in your local pet store, then you are going to want to know about the Parrots Toys by Mail Club.

Each month you’ll get toys that are specially selected for your bird. They are all natural, non-toxic, fun, and best of all, you won’t have to worry about their safety. Plus, the toys are mailed to your house each month!

Check out the club now, and learn how you can receive 6 free toys every single year!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Bird Toys You Can Trust

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Dear Parrot Lover,

As parrot owners we never think that our parrot’s toys could be dangerous. After all, who would have thought that those colorful blocks of wood that your parrot loves to eagerly chew up may be covered in arsenic?

Sadly, it is quite true. Your parrot’s toys could be harmful to them. Here are a few ways in which parrot toys can be dangerous:

Arsenic - Usually found in wood that has been pressure treated to make inexpensive bird toys.

Formaldehyde and Formalin - These chemicals are commonly used by foreign, non-USA countries, to treat the leather used to make parrot toys. The side effects of these chemicals include respiratory issues, nasal tumors, inflammation and rashes.

Harsh colorings - The chemicals used in staining or varnishing wood in order to add color to them can be poisonous to your parrot.

Lead - Unfortunately lead poisoning is more common than you may realize. Lead is often found in paint utilized in foreign countries that manufacture colorful parrot toys. The lead can wreak havoc on your parrot’s nervous system and can cause seizures as well. Other symptoms of lead poisoning are
lethargy, weight loss, regurgitation, loss of balance and staggering, head tilt, circling, blindness, head tremors, convulsions, and seizures.

Toxic Wood - Certain types of trees and wood are toxic to parrots with the most common being oak, plywood, cedar and red cherry. So avoid toys made with these kinds of woods.

Zinc - To prevent the iron and steel parts in your parrot’s toys from rusting, they are typically coated with zinc. Symptoms of zinc toxicity include anemia, gastrointestinal problems, severe feather plucking, and excessive urine in droppings, weight loss, weakness, hyperglycemia, seizures and even death.

However, there are numerous other poisons and toxins that have been commonly found in bird toys that are not listed here. Most, but not all, will induce symptoms in your parrot such as:

Anemia

Loss Of Balance

Blindness

Decreased Appetite and/or weight loss

Blood in Feces and/or urine

Paralysis

Seizures and/or tremors

Vomiting and regurgitation

Lethargy, weakness and/or depression

Respiratory issues

Feather plucking

Increased water consumption and urination

Please do note that if your parrot is showing any of these symptoms, you should immediately make a vet appointment.

Toxicity can range from mild to severe cases. If your parrot has eaten a large amount of a toxic substance in one go, such as eating flake of paint or swallowing a metal bell, the onset of their symptoms will be very sudden and you’ll immediately notice a problem with your parrot.

However, in miler cases where your parrot is consuming tiny amounts of a toxic substance on an almost daily basis, you may not even notice any symptoms until it is too late to get help.

Remember that prevention is better than cure; so be sure to purchase safe toys for your parrot. Read the labels on the toys carefully to determine the origins of the different parts, ask your fellow parrot owners for their recommendations on the toys that their parrot’s like most. To be really safe, you can also create your own parrot toys - this is a great idea since you will know exactly what is used to create the toy and where the different parts came from.

Bird Toys You Can Trust


Can You Trust the Toys You Give Your Bird?

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Your bird’s health has to be important to you, and you try to do the best you can to provide him with the best of nutrition. But, did you know that your bird’s toys could be a detrimental part of his life?

How on earth could those fun little plastic beads, mirrors, and ropes be hazardous to your bird? Do you know where your toys were made?

Unfortunately, many bird toys are inexpensively made with materials in foreign countries that are known hazards to your bird’s health. Chemicals, zinc, lead, formaldehyde, and toxic woods and stains are all just a few of the items currently used in bird toys that may negatively impact your bird’s health (or even kill him!).

Click here to learn more the toxic things in many commercial bird toys

Toxin-Free Toys are Easy to Find

Birds do need toys, but you want to be sure they are toxin-free. Parrots relish in having toys they can shred, pull at it, and play with in a natural way. Toys that are made of all natural materials like corn cobs, bamboo, leather, cuttle bone, and oyster shells are all excellent options for a curious bird.

Additionally, all natural materials are a great way to reward your bird with something fun but also be kind to the earth at the same time. What better way to recycle materials into something your bird can enjoy?

Wouldn’t you love to be able to give this type of toy to your bird and know that he isn’t being exposed to toxins?

Learn more about toxin-free bird toys

Parrots Toys by Mail Club

The only way to make sure you have access to this type of toys is to find out about the Parrots Toys by Mail Club. This club makes it so simple for you by mailing specially designed and selected toys for your bird each month, and you don’t have to worry about their safety. You won’t find any of the toxic materials in these toys that you might find in commercially available toys.

Check out the club now, and learn how you can receive 6 free toys every single year!

Click here to read more about the Parrot Toys by Mail Club and how to join

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Bird Toy Mania

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots are very intelligent beings. So intelligent, in fact, that they have the same mental capacity and intelligence as a two to three year old human child!

Just like children, these parrots need to be mentally stimulated. If they are not, they will literally go mad. They will also become increasingly destructive. But proper parrot toys also help parrots to hone their foraging skills.

But choosing the perfect parrot toy is essential to your parrot’s overall health and mental wellbeing. Did you know that parrot’s require a minimum of five toys? Each of these parrot toys should be as unique as your parrot. They must all be different colors, have different textures and, more
importantly they must each serve a different purpose.

The most important type of parrot toy is a foraging toy. When living in the wild, parrots forage for the food, but in a caged captivity environment, such as in your home, parrots do not have as much of an opportunity to forage for their food. Foraging helps to keep your both your parrot’s mind and beak very busy. Foraging toys allow you to place your parrot’s favorite treats inside them. Your parrot now has to attempt to figure out how to get their yummy treats out of the toy.

If your bird is quiet destructive whenever he is let out of his cage, and prefers to rip up your curtains, then you will certainly need to purchase a special kind of toy. This type of toy will be one that is meant to be destroyed by your parrot, such as a shreddable toy. But the time it takes your parrot to do this should be quite a while. If it takes your parrot only a few hours or minutes to destroy their new toy, then do not buy that toy again in the future. Those toys are a waste of your money.

The next best type of parrot toy is a puzzle toy. These carefully constructed toys are meant to keep your parrot happily occupied for hours. Some puzzle toys are designed to be nibbled on and even destroyed. With these toys it is important to remember that it is the learning experience that counts and not necessarily how much the toy can withstand from your parrot’s strong beak.

Other great toys to purchase are foot toys that your parrot can play with both in and out of his cage. If your parrot spends a lot of time outside of his cage, then consider buying a play gym. This free standing gym resembles a tree on which you can hang a few toys for you parrot. With branches pointing in different directions, your parrot will also be working out his feet.

Parrot toys provide your parrot with safe opportunities to explore and investigate various textures and tastes. Such toys offer many health and psychological benefits for your parrot.

Bird Toy Mania


No More Boredom, Ever!

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Birds get bored too! Sure, you’ve got a few toys sprinkled in his cage for him to play with, but those old toys get boring after a while too. Imagine if you could provide him with a way to have new toys that are safe and healthy for him and limit his boredom all in one fell swoop.

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New Toys Every Month

In an ideal world, you would be able to easily and affordably provide your parrot with new toys each month. Today can be the ideal world for your parrot.

Never has it been easier to provide your bird with the kinds of toys he will enjoy at such an affordable rate and in such a convenient manner. You don’t even have to leave your house to have access to some of the neatest bird toys around. The Parrot Toys by Mail club sets you bird up with monthly access to new toys he will absolutely love. The part is that the toys are all natural and entirely safe for your bird. Plus, the club selects the best toys for your individual bird based on his breed and size, and then they come right to your home without you needing to do anything!

If for any reason you’re not happy with what toys you receive, you have the option of a money back guarantee.

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Fun and Safe and Guaranteed to Thrill

Let the Parrot Toys by Mail club show you just how easy it is to give your bird safe toys that are free of poisons and toxins, which are common in the commercially made, unregulated bird toy industry.

Once you know you don’t have to worry about your bird’s safety, you can sit back and watch him enjoy. These toys are all natural and are made for your bird to enjoy. He can play with the toys, shred them and even rip them to pieces if he wants to. Really? Yes, indeed, they are created for him to use his beak and feet to play with, and the materials are all made to be chewed on, ripped at, and shredded. He’ll enjoy toys made with things like coconut fiber, corn cob, oyster shells, safe leather, sisal cord, cuttle bone and bamboo. You’ll enjoy seeing how happy he is each month when the toys arrive.

Click here to check out what toys are in the Parrot Toys by Mail club

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts