Promote healthy activity and encourage foraging behaviors. The Forage-N-Play Ladder lets your bird get plenty of in-cage exercise and presents a colorful, inviting environment. This wooden ladder is hinged so you can place it anywhere in your bird's cage. Each "rung" on the ladder is a movable wooden dowel with rounded ends. One end of each dowel is stuffed with paper, sisal, or plastic bristles for your bird to shred, peck, chew, or preen. The multiple textures and materials used on the ladder help to visually stimulate birds and reduce unwanted behavior caused by "birdie boredom." This ladder promotes the recommended exercise and activity needed to keep your pet happy and healthy. All colors used on ladders are bird-safe. Ladder top and bottom include stainless steel hanging hooks.
||4" x 26"
||African Greys, conures, and other medium companion birds
Parrot feet and climbing
Psittacines, such as parrots, parakeets, conures, Amazons, and macaws, have feet with two toes in front, and two in back, an arrangement of toes called "zygodactyl." This type of toe arrangement is specifically adapted for climbing (and for holding food.) Many wild birds, such as woodpeckers, have feet adapted especially for climbing.
In the wild, preening is second only to feeding for basic bird instincts. Preening helps a bird keep feathers in the best condition, and creates a healthier appearance to attract a mate. A pair of birds may preen each other, which serves as a powerful bonding aid. If you have a pair of birds, you may see this fascinating behavior.
Sometimes stress and boredom can lead pet birds to over preen - feather picking is an example of this. Toys that birds can shred, chew, or preen, help distract them and provide an outlet for this behavior.
Foraging behavior is a natural instinct that birds still have from their wild past. In order for pet birds to be happy and entertained, the foraging instinct must be consistently satisfied via toys and treats that engage his mind and allow him to "hunt "for food. The bonus? Mentally and physically-engaged birds are less likely to experience cage boredom and the associated negative behaviors including screaming and feather picking.
Benefits of Bird Chew Toys
Offering your bird chew toys is a great way to properly care for your bird's beak - you name it, any toy that a bird has to work at chewing will help keep her beak trim. These include build-your-own toys. You can alternate mineral pieces with rope, wooden blocks, plastic beads, and natural coconut pieces. The more toys your bird has to chew, the more she'll chew. Be sure to rotate toys often to prevent boredom.