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The Hidden Benefits of Toys for Your Pet Bird

By PetcoBlogger on Jun. 25, 2017

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Looking for easy ways to add fun to your new bird’s daily routine? Playpens and toys help reduce boredom and provide an entertaining way for your pet to exercise. Toys can help prevent negative behaviors such as feather picking, biting and screeching. An engaging and appropriate environment filled with mental and physical stimulation is important to keeping birds happy and healthy. 

Always keep safety in mind when selecting toys that are appropriate for your specific bird.

Here are a few tips:

    • Regularly rotate new toys into the habitat. Discard and replace any worn or broken toys.
    • Make sure the clamp holding the toy is closed at all times to avoid injury.
    • Mirrors fascinate many birds. Exercise caution when using them because larger birds may be able to break mirrors and injure themselves. Don’t place a mirror in the habitat of a bird you wish to bond with or talk. Birds will look at themselves in the mirror and won’t talk or bond to you.
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    • Rope toys can be used if you keep your bird’s nails trimmed to help keep your pets’ nails from snagging in the rope. Discard ropes that become frayed to avoid any accidental danger.
    • Playpens are a great area for birds to be active outside of their habitat. These spaces usually consist of ladders, perches and swings.
    • Make sure the toys you select are the appropriate size for your species of bird. Be aware of possible danger with worn brittle plastic toys or any lead weighted toys to avoid ingestion.
    • Depending on the bird, you may need to hang the toy outside of your bird’s habitat to allow them to get used to it before placing it in their habitat.

 

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by Antoinette
‎01-02-2016 04:50 PM

i am a first time bird owner and I have a green cheek conure. I have read conflicting stories about "happy huts" the fuzzy tents that hang in or out of a cage. My conure likes to nestle in the curtains or under my hair. Would a hut be good for him and is it safe? I have heard they are "death traps" is this true?

i am a first time bird owner and I have a green cheek conure. I have read conflicting stories about "happy huts" the fuzzy tents that hang in or out of a cage. My conure likes to nestle in the curtains or under my hair. Would a hut be good for him and is it safe? I have heard they are "death traps" is this true?

Posted on Jan. 2, 2016
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