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:
Loss Of Balance
Decreased Appetite and/or weight loss
Blood in Feces and/or urine
Seizures and/or tremors
Vomiting and regurgitation
Lethargy, weakness and/or depression
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?
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!).
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?
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!