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When You Select Safe, Appropriate Toys, You Can Relax


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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Safe Appropriate Toys ne of our store customers, Barbara Johnson,was recently entrusted with the care of an active young Senegal Parrot, Petey. He was a gift from her grandchildren to keep her company after the passing of her husband. They also gave her toys to keep him entertained. One afternoon, Barbara was startled by loud screeching and a tremendous racket.

Petey's foot was caught in a toy, and he was struggling for freedom. Barbara gently extricated Petey and, though startled, he was not injured. Her initial response was to remove all the toys to eliminate any chance of future injuries.

Eventually, he started acting out due to lack of adequate mental stimulation. In order to explore safe options, Barbara made a trip to our retail store.

Select the Right Toys
Toys play an integral role in the physical and mental well-being of your pet bird. However, certain toys may not be suitable and some pose real dangers. Select toys that are appropriate for your pet bird.Toys intended for smaller birds canbe dangerous for larger birds, andvice versa. The powerful beaks of large parrots make short work of toys made for smaller birds andfragments of damaged toys may cause choking, intestinal blockage, or even internal bleeding. Conversely, toys made for large birds can accidentally pinch or crush small birds.

Inspect Toys
Toys with chains, eye hooks, links, bars, or any openings should be examined carefully. Make sure the openings are either too small or too large for toes, beaks, or other body parts to get caught. Check forany sharp or rough edges. Smallparts that can be a choking hazardshould be removed to make toyssafer. Hanging toys attached withstrips of leather, rope, or stringshould be tied securely onto the cage. Injuries occur when pet birds – ensnared in chains, leather cords, or loose threads/strings – panicand struggle to escape.

Supervise
Watch how your pet bird plays with his toys and evaluate which toys can stay and which toys should be removed. Every bird is different, and a toy safe for most birds may not besuitable for an overly-active and rambunctious young bird.

Depending on the personality and play habits of your pet bird, any toy can be a potential risk.Check each toy regularly and retiretoys that are falling apart or fraying.Though your pet bird may still loveplaying with them, well-used toys should be removedor used only undersupervision.

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