African Grey Toys

Published: 22nd March 2012
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When it comes to raising African Grey birds, I believe in keeping things as organic as possible. This should include their toys, and if I say natural I donít mean just made of wood. Think of the parrots in the jungle, they climb, pick things with their own beak and claws, they tear at many fruits with their beaks and claws and in captivity these bird's get to sit on a perch all day, must be joyful no matter how bored and sad they are, and they must entertain you.

African Grey parrots are bright birds and need to constantly exercise their brains as well as their bodies. I think all birds are smart but donít have ways to show it as they stay in a cage every day. However, of all the bird species the African Grey is the most intelligent and has to be stimulated.

The most appropriate way to stimulate your parrot when you are not around is with toys. Having said that, toys need to be changed around so that they do not get bored with the toys.

Parrot toys are expensive,for me to buy a toy that is only going to be torn apart is a waste of hard-earned cash. Invest in a toy box for your parrot toys. When replacing your parrotís toys, fix the broken one, and place it into the toy box. When you see that a toy your parrot is playing with is close to being unrepairable change, repair and put it away for future use.

Donít run out there and go purchase any kind of bird toy for your parrot. You ought to choose effectively making sure that it is the correct size, and not made of small pieces that can split off. This normally happens when the wrong toys are bought for your parrot. Buying a toy for a smaller sized bird can easily break and if your parrot swallows it, it could get stuck in his throat.

Ensure that the toys have no sharp edges that could cut him or even wound him. When buying toys on a chain check to see that the chain is strong enough for you to pull on without breaking, the strength of your African Grey is grossly underestimated. Be sure that all the links are securely closed.

Donít buy toys that have varnish or urethane woods, wood toys need to be colored with safe colorants such as food coloring. Make sure that if you buy toys with plastic, the plastic must be hard so that your parrot wonít be capable to chew through it.

When buying metals make sure that it is not coated metal, this is poisonous. Ensure that there are no sharp edges. The metal toys should be made of stainless steel or aluminum as stainless steel is completely safe for birds. Lead and zinc toys are lethal to the birds and must never be bought even if the toy is cheaper.

Here is a valuable tip when going to purchase metal toys for your African Grey. If you want to ensure that you are buying stainless steel, take a magnet with you. If your magnet is attracted to the item, it is not 100% stainless steel and could have an undercoating of another metal source such as iron or zinc.
Most of all and I know parrot toys are very expensive; donít buy low-priced toys that wonít last long. Rather make your own.

Donít buy cute furry little toys that can be torn apart and chewed. This is extremely dangerous, as your African Grey will swallow what is in his mouth.

There are a number of different toys for different functions. There is the puzzle toys intended to get your African Grey to use his brain.They vary from solving puzzles to get a treat, such as opening a box to find the treat inside to putting coloured shapes together.

Some toys are made for foraging; this could include the puzzle toy to find a treat in a box. There are balls with treats in them and your parrot needs to find away to not only keep the ball still, but also to find the treat.

Like your nails, the African Grey parrotís beak does not stop developing, so you need to make sure that it is kept at the appropriate length. In the wild he would be trying to crack open some hard shells with his beak, will chew on thin twigs, and using his beak to help him climb up the bark of a tree.

This keeps his beak trimmed to the correct length and strengthens the beak. You need to copy that for him at home by providing chewable toys for him.

Give him puzzles that contain nuts that need to be pried open with his beak, a thick perch for him to climb up using his beak and even large wooden toys that can be taken apart.

Parrots like to chew, if it looks chewable it will be chewed, if it doesnít look chewable it gets tested.Be prepared that all the toys will be chewed.Therefore, I would recommend you to have chewable toys. This strengthen the beak and wears the beak down so that it is in good shape.

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