Parrot Toys – Fun Toys to Simulate Your Pet Parrot
You cannot under estimate the importance of stimulating your pet parrot with suitable toys.
Birds are naturally lively, energetic and inquisitive, they like to explore their environment and enjoy discovering new things. If a pet bird becomes bored it can lead to behavioral problems as well as health issues. This is a particular problem associated with pet parrots. Remember to hold and handle your bird on a regular basis, at least a few minutes each day, this provides some mental stimulation for your bird as well as alleviating boredom.
When buying toys for your bird think about:
- Choosing a toy of the correct size, toys which are too small could be dangerous, and if they are too large your feathered friend will not be able to play with it.
- Only buy good quality toys, cheaper toys are likely to break easily, or have a poor finish which could be harmful to your pet.
- Have several toys which can be rotated, that way your bird is less likely to get bored.
- Remove any toys that show signs of damage, they could start to break up with the danger of something being swallowed.
- If your bird likes rope toys, make sure their claws are trimmed as they could get caught.
If you decide to make your own toys, make sure you only use items that are safe, wood and branches from the garden for example may have been sprayed with chemicals which could be toxic to your bird. Encouraging your bird to search for things, such as a treat hidden in a pair of gloves can provide some mental stimulation for quite long periods of time. Also some toys which are sold for children are also suitable for birds, make sure they will not break easily which could be dangerous to your pet.
Birds like natural toys, toys made out of wood, sisal rope and branches tend to be favoured by most birds, if making your own use food dye to add some colour which will attract your bird’s attention.
A great way to entertain your bird, particularly parrots, is to teach tricks. The happiest birds are those that spend lots of time with their owners, teaching tricks is a great way to spend time with your feathered friend. Training a parrot is similar to training a dog, use treats as rewards.
Always remember to supervise your pet bird when any new toy is offered.
One of the main causes of ill health and unsocial behaviour associated with pet birds, and parrots in particular is boredom. Remember to handle your pet on a regular basis, at least once a day, situate the cage in a busy part of the house, and offer plenty of stimulating toys for them to play with. You can see some of our recommended parrot toys at our website www.LittleBigPet.co.uk
Written By: Mark Huyton