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Polly Wants to Play: How to Pick Fun Bird Toys

Toys are more than just entertainment for your pet bird; they're actually an essential element of any birdcage. Turns out, bird toys are more than just fun and games; they prevent your bird from becoming restless, anxious, and even aggressive. Since birds are naturally curious and playful creatures, they need something in their cage to keep their minds busy. So why not stock up on some extra trinkets? Your bird will thank you for it.

Busy Birds: Activity toys will keep your bird physically active and entertained. For example, the Chipboard Treasure Box from Paradise offers your bird a task with a reward: with stimulating "treasures" spread throughout the box, your bird will have a reason to chew on it for a sustained amount of time. Similarly, the Jungle Talk Shreddable Cube offers a product that will keep birds mentally engaged and physically active, two key components of keeping pets happy and healthy. It doesn't hurt that they both feature bright colors and funky shapes—birds go wild for vibrant-looking toys.

Have a Mix: Remember, when it comes to bird toys, variety is key in order to prevent boredom and ensure your bird is staying active both physically and mentally. Some experts even recommend rotating toys in and out of the cage every couple of weeks or so. Bird toys are also something you can never have too many of! Birds love to peck and chew, so even the sturdiest bird toys won't last forever.

Safety First: Be careful not to put anything in your birds' cage that could be toxic, cause strangulation, or be ingested. Make sure the size of the toy you choose matches the size of your bird. Thin ropes are dangerous for birds, because they tangle much too easily and your bird can get trapped. Instead, a thick cotton rope will entertain your pet bird, and is too chunky to pose any threat of strangulation. This is why toys made specifically for birds are always a safe bet. Some toys have metal pieces that can contain substances like zinc or lead, which are toxic to birds. Even if these toys are sealed, birds can peck off the layer of sealant. If your bird likes to chew things, think twice before putting metal toys in their cage.

If your bird is getting bored of bird toy options, feel free to give him baby toys. They are just as stimulating as bird toys, and they satisfy all of the above safety requirements.