Dear Parrot Lover,
Parrots are very curious and playful creatures that need to be constantly stimulated in order to be happy and healthy.
The easiest way to do this is to provide your parrot with plenty of safe toys to play with. However, parrots are extremely intelligent and get bored quickly and so need a variety of toys that can be rotated every week.
There are many different types of parrot toys available, but when choosing one, or three, you should make sure that it is safe for your parrot to play with. Always choose a toy that has been specifically designed for your parrot’s size and playing ability.
The first thing to look for is what type of attachment the toy has. This is the part of the toy that will fasten it to your parrot’s cage. Avoid attachments in which your parrot can his beak stuck in, or one which he can unscrew by himself.
The next thing that you should look for in a safe toy is whether there are any spaces that can catch your parrot’s feet, toes or beak. There should be not splinters or sharp points either. Toys that have too many parts should also be avoided, as well as small parts that can easily be pulled off.
A safe parrot toy is one that is made entirely of materials that are both non-toxic and parrot-safe, such as wood, acrylic, leather that has been vegetable-tanned, sisal and cotton.
Parrots of all sizes love to chew on wood so don’t be alarmed if the new toy you just bought is reduced to shreds within a few hours of placing it in your parrot’s cage. Just be sure that the wood is untreated.
Bells, such as jingle bells and cowbells, should be avoided at all costs! The slits in jingle bells can easily trap a parrot’s toe and cause serious injury. Always remove the clapper from inside a bell, no matter the size! Parrots can easily remove the clapper and swallow it leading to lead poisoning.
When placing toys in your parrot’s cage, be careful not to add too many toys. Your parrot still needs to be able to climb and flap his wings without bumping into anything.
Safe toys are essential to your parrot’s mental and physical wellness. They are the key to a happy parrot.
Three Things Needed to Keep
Your Parrot Safe and Happy
Without knowing your parrot’s special needs and the dangers pet birds face, you could lose your feathered friend. Here are three points to remember for creating the safe environment essential for your parrot’s health and longevity:
Parrots need variety and stimulation. If they become bored they can develop bad behaviors-like feather plucking or screaming-and can experience health problems.
1) Parrot popularity is increasing (15% of households now keep birds), which is generating a lucrative market for makers of bird toys. The problem is: This market is open to low-cost producers who use materials and ingredients that are seriously harmful to birds.
2) You need to find an easy, reliable and affordable source for safe parrot toys. Most people cannot afford the time it would take to seek out stimulating toys and to check product labels for safe ingredients (many of which are not disclosed anyway!).
You’ve seen the news stories about tainted pet food imported from China that was killing dogs and cats because of melamine fillers. And the recall of Chinese-produced toys because of lead paint.
Warning! Poisons and toxins commonly found in bird toys include:
Formaldehyde and formalin
woods with toxic varnishes and stains
Parrots are extremely sensitive creatures and can die from ingesting these ingredients
Don’t be Overwhelmed - There’s an Easy Solution
Well known parrot expert Chet Womach has come up with an easy solution for the challenges you face in keeping your bird safe and vibrantly healthy. It’s a membership website called Parrot Toys by Mail Club.
When you join this club you can sit back and receive by mail each month 100% safe, natural, organic toys that are designed to challenge the size and breed of parrot you own. Parrots love the variety, complexity and ingredients of the toys, and parrot owners love the security of knowing that Chet is looking after the health and safety of their bird.