Birds Need Toys...and so do I
Birds love to chew on toys. At home in the jungle, they use their beaks for defense, grabbing, preening, chewing, climbing and playing. To not deprive them emotionally, toys and a climbable play stand should be provided for your new bird. A crude toy made of wood, leather and Popsicle sticks strung on a piece of rawhide leather can be extremely entertaining for your bird. You can get toys and toy making kits at bird marts. However, if you don’t want to drive to a bird mart, you can order toys off of the Internet. We buy our leather from a man named Ron Roy. (P.O. Box 235, Mansfield, PA 16933) You can contact him at: email@example.com A couple more sites to buy leather are: http://www.oriental.com. (On this site, their wooden blocks and toys make very good chew toys!)
Click here to visit Creative Bird toys.
love cubbies/tents/cozy snuggly areas. Read here for a
great place to buy a quality birdie bunk!
There is also the "shred master," birdie pinatas, and birdie bagels that are all examples of shredding toys you can buy.
These birds are extremely intelligent. In nature they spend about half their waking hours finding, getting to, and eating food. They work hard to get that delectable fruit dangling at the end of a branch or breaking open seed pods or nuts or hunting for water; taking care of basic survival needs. They also spend time just socializing and playing with the flock and being with their mate and time grooming. Their days are pretty busy and filled with adventure, new places, and new challenges. Also they do NOT play, feed, and spend their days where they spend their nights. Roosting areas are at different locations than the daytime places. This is why we advise various cages for your pet or having available play gyms.
chosen the "Feather Tether" harness as our favorite. If you enter it
on your Google bar on your computer, you can find where to buy them. Another
place to buy harnesses cheaply is Ebay. You can get almost anything on Ebay.
Harnesses go for almost half price on there. Another thing we use to
harnesses our birds is called a Flight Suit (we
sell these). The flight suits are also fun
because they have different costumes...i.e. Christmas. I would almost
describe them as a cloth harness. You can get them in whatever color or size
you want. I personally believe that harnessing/flight suiting a bird helps with nippiness.
They seem to submit and not bite as much. Birds will flip out the first time
you put the harness on. Don’t be worried and don’t give up!!! After you put the harness on,
feed them a treat (nutriberries are loved or a chunk of cereal), and then BE
take your feathered friend outside. That way, they get a reward and they
will learn to like the harness if they can go outside once it’s on! Never,
ever, ever, ever, ever, ever take your bird outside without a harness. I
have heard so many horror stories of people who have taken their bird
outside for 8 years for coffee every morning and one morning…poof! They have
no bird! If you are an extremely lucky person you might get your bird
back…but don’t push your luck. Even if your birds wings are clipped, a gust
of wind or if something frightens them can miraculously grow them wings that
can take them away from you. In other words…never, ever, ever, ever, ever,
ever take your bird outside without a harness. Get it???
Pine cones are a cheap fun toy for parrots. Be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect them. Make sure that they have not been exposed to insecticides. Avoid collecting branches from areas near highways or where there is a greater likelihood of the plant life absorbing toxic emissions from cars. You can clean branches with a non-toxic disinfectant (diluted bleach solution of 4 parts water to 1 part bleach), rinse and dry thoroughly. We then place them in the oven at 225 degrees for 30 to 60 minutes. Turn off your oven and leave the cones inside for 2 hours. Do not turn the over up higher due to the danger of starting a fire. The seeds inside the cones are a special treat and are safe for the birds to eat and your birds will have a blast destroying the cone. A fun way to encourage them to play with the pinecones is to brush them in peanut butter, and sprinkle with bird seeds, pellets or crushed cereal. Hang in the cage by tying with thin leather.
Here are still more bird toy sites:
www.chopperstoys.com : Scottsdale based; I love her toys for my small and medium-sized birds<