There are several advantages to making your own parrot toys. You can give your parrot a healthier life by making toys constructed from favourite textures, shapes, flavours and trinkets, because it encourages healthy chewing habits that result in better behaviours overall. And, buying supplies in bulk allows you to repair your bird's favourite collection of textures and shapes with less expense.
Toys made from natural fibres allow your bird to taste and feel textures native to your bird's natural habitat. Coconut shells can be used to hide treats in. Vine and straw constructions such as balls, wreaths, ladders and hats make ideal foot toys or additions to a larger chew toy. Loofah sponges are made from the dried pulp of the loofah plant. Leather strips are sold by the foot or inch and used to string objects together. The website A Bird Toy carries most natural and synthetic bird toys.
Ropes and Paper
Cotton and natural fibre ropes can be used to make toys and serve as a soft perches. Cotton ropes come in various lengths, widths, textures and colours. Sisal and coconut ropes also come in various sizes and can be used to chandelier smaller trinkets or tie onto foot toys. Paper bagels are cardboard circles that come in different sizes and colours, and shredder spoolsare made from shreddable, nontoxic paper.
Synthetic parrot toy supplies such as plastic chains and beads, acrylic charms and stainless steel bells are made from nontoxic, indestructible materials your bird is not meant to destroy. Like natural toys, indestructible toys should be appropriate to your bird's size to prevent injury and maintain interest. Plastic chains can be used to anchor ropes and trinkets. Online pet supply sellers such as Bird Toy Part sell a large selection of synthetic bird toy parts.
Plastic and Rubber
Plastic and rubber interstars are soft rubber or plastic toys with four to five rounded points that offer parrots both thin and thick objects to hold, and they come in a variety of colours and sizes. Acrylic trinkets such as pacifiers, charms, miniature silverware and dice add both colour and texture to homemade or repaired toys. Windy City Parrot sells a large selection of plastic, paper and acrylic toys that can be purchased in small or large quantities.
Metal links, bells, chains and trinkets should be constructed from zinc-free stainless steel materials. Bells can be anchored to another toy or hung by themselves from an appropriately sized leather, rope or chain. Links are used to hang toys from cage tops or sides. Links that are too small for large birds can be damaged or cause injury, and links that are too big are too heavy for little birds to play with. Links, bells and chains can be purchased at most pet supply outlets for discount prices, such as Doctors Foster and Smith.
Although similar products such as leather and sisal rope, plastic beads and straw hats can be purchased at craft and home supply stores, there are no guarantees that these products are free from toxins and dyes harmful to your bird. Before using any products not strictly manufactured for and safe for parrots, contact the manufacturer for an ingredient and product treatment list, then consult your avian veterinarian before offering them to your bird.
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