Choosing the Right Toys for Your Bird

When considering supplies for your pet bird; do not forget the importance of the right bird toys. Birds need toys to provide intellect stimulation and to keep from developing behavior problems because of boredom.

When considering supplies for your pet bird; do not forget the importance of the right bird toys. Birds need toys to provide intellect stimulation and to keep from developing behavior problems because of boredom.

Like most pet toys, there is a vast variety of different kinds and quality toys on the market. A little knowledge will help you find toys that are appropriate for your bird and avoid those which are not.

There are toys specifically for intellectual stimulation for your bird. You can think of them as birdie puzzles. Once your bird solves the puzzle you will want to rotate the toy out and put a new one in.

Other types of common bird toys include toys made for destruction and preening toys. Preening toys keep caged birds from over grooming themselves and causing issues with their feathers.

Bird toys are made from many different kinds of materials. Paper, wood, and natural fiber toys provide materials that it is generally safe for your bird to chew on. Birds also enjoy breaking things apart as they would to nest build in the wild. Chewing toys help birds maintain healthy beak condition. Other materials birds often enjoy chewing on are made of food leather, or rawhide.

Non natural materials that bird toys are made of include plastic, metal, and fiberglass. These toys are made to be long lasting. These are the toys most used for intellectual stimulation for your bird. These help prevent negative boredom related issues such as excessive screeching and feather plucking. Changing out these toys weekly can keep your bird from getting bored and unhappy. A toy that disappears for a few weeks and reappears will be appreciated almost as much by your bird as a new toy.

Preening toys serve a very specific and important function. Preening toys provide clean feathers for you

bird to preen to keep them from over preening themes. This always helps your bird to satisfy his need to preen without causing unwanted feather conditions. Prevent these conditions from occurring.

When you pick a toy for safety reasons it is vital you get the proper sized toy for your bird. Toys for small and medium birds such as parakeets, cockatiels, and small parrots are not to be used for larger birds like African Grey or Macaws. Small toys can present a choking risk for larger birds.

Small parts that are not digestible can break of any toy a bird chews and present choking hazards for all birds. Toys that are not designed for destruction or to eat should have parts that withstand being chewed on by your bird.

Swings and hanging toys should have no loose links as these can cause strangulation or entrapment issues for your bird. Remove hanging toys that have loose hanging links. Likewise, sharp corners may be exposed when birds remove fabric from a toy. Be sure to remove and dispose of toys that have become torn or broken.

Lastly, make sure that toys your bird chews are not treated with harmful chemicals in the dye or paint used. Look for toys covered in organic substances. Hanging treats should be checked to make sure they are not spoiled. If your bird does not consume the hanging treat in a timely manner it should be removed and disposed of.

Treating your bird to safe toys and treats will make you and your bird more content. The right toys will help your bird prove to you he is not such a bird brain after all.