Toys & Furniture
Your bird spends a great deal of time in its cage so it is important to provide toys and cage furniture to enrich its environment. Much like birds, toys and furniture come in a variety of sizes and types. It is important to select not just the appropriate size of toy or furniture, but also the correct type to match the physical and mental needs of your bird.
Toys provide birds with a way to occupy their time and an outlet for their physical and mental energies. They can be an important tool in preventing boredom and the destructive behaviors that can result from it. Some toys can even provide an outlet for birds to satisfy their natural chewing and preening urges. While some birds play gently with their toys and seem to enjoy slowly taking them apart, others destroy toys very quickly. This is why it is important to select not just the appropriate size of toy, but also the right type for your individual bird.
With all the options available, choosing the right toy can seem almost impossible. We've put together a list of the different types of toys and some information about them to help make your decision easier
Acrylic & Plastic toys generally consist of acrylic or plastic pieces on rope, leather, or chain. Some contain other materials such as pieces of wood or metal. More durable than wood, leather, or rope toys.
Foraging toys are made from natural fibers that can help satisfy preening urges and can often provide an acceptable alternative to feather plucking. They provide a variety of different textures and shapes such as wicker, grass, woven baskets filled with crinkle paper and can often be filled with treats.
Leather toys can include other materials such as chunks of wood or acrylic shapes. Not as easily destroyed as wood. Leather pieces can be tied into knots, giving your bird the mental and tactile stimulation of untying them.
Metal toys often contain household objects such as spoons, measuring cups, nuts and bolts, and keys made from bird-safe materials and often modified to remove dangerous or sharp parts. Medium and large parrots often enjoy the tactile experience provided by metal toys.
Puzzle toys are generally made of acrylic or metal, but can also be made of wood or other fibers. They require the bird to perform a task or to figure out how to access a treat inside the puzzle. Well suited to active thinkers such as Quakers, Amazons, and African Greys
Rope toys make ideal climbing toys for more active birds and can also satisfy preening urges. Rope toys are generally made of cotton or sisal and can also include other materials such as wood, leather, or acrylic.
Wood toys are the most common type of bird toys. They can be made of chunks or pieces of wood threaded on rope, leather, or chain. Wood toys can be quickly destroyed by aggressive chewers but do give them an outlet for their chewing urges. Replacement parts are available to replace those the bird has chewed.
Cage furniture can be made from various different materials. Wood is the most common material and types of wood such as manzanita provide natural shapes and contours to help stimulate your bird. Rope perches can be shaped into numerous different configurations while pedicure perches can help keep nails and beaks trimmed.
Happy Huts, Snuggle Huts, Snuggle Sacks and Cozy Corners provide your bird with its own private space. They are cozy and warm and offer space where your bird can hide; some birds even enjoy sleeping in them at night. These are usually made from fleece or other soft fabrics and come in an assortment of colors which can be matched to your bird.