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Barrel of Fun Bird Toy Foraging Nut & Treat Holder by Nature's Instinct
Barrel of Fun Bird Toy Foraging Nut & Treat Holder by Nature's Instinct
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Paradise Foraging Systems - Foraging Wheel Generation II Extra Large
Paradise Foraging Systems - Foraging Wheel Generation II Extra Large
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Caitec Interactive Treat Holder Foraging Toy Tug and Slide Tower
Caitec Interactive Treat Holder Foraging Toy Tug and Slide Tower
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Caitec Foraging Interactive Treat Holder Space Circles Toy
Caitec Foraging Interactive Treat Holder Space Circles Toy
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Caitec Foraging Interactive Treat Holder Buffet Ball & Kabob
Caitec Foraging Interactive Treat Holder Buffet Ball & Kabob
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Caitec Interactive Treat Holder on chain Buffet PartyBall & Bell Small
Caitec Interactive Treat Holder on chain Buffet PartyBall & Bell Small
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Caitec Interactive Treat Holder Buffet Ball PartyBall Small
Caitec Interactive Treat Holder Buffet Ball PartyBall Small
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Caitec Foraging Interactive Treat Holder See Saw Toy
Caitec Foraging Interactive Treat Holder See Saw Toy
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Platinum Tweeter Bird Proof Interactive Bird Toy Treasure Chest Small
Platinum Tweeter Bird Proof Interactive Bird Toy Treasure Chest Small
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Paradise Bird Toys Foraging Capsule
Paradise Bird Toys Foraging Capsule
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Paradise Paddle Wheel Foraging Bird Toy
Paradise Paddle Wheel Foraging Bird Toy
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Paradise Foraging Carousel Bird Toy
Paradise Foraging Carousel Bird Toy
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Nature's Instinct Foragewise Turn n Learn Logs
Nature's Instinct Foragewise Turn n Learn Logs
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Nature's Instinct Rings Of Fortune Foragewise
Nature's Instinct Rings Of Fortune Foragewise
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Creative Foraging Systems HideAway Foraging Box Feeder for Small Birds
Creative Foraging Systems HideAway Foraging Box Feeder for Small Birds
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Box Refills for Creative Foraging Systems HideAway Foraging Feeder
Box Refills for Creative Foraging Systems HideAway Foraging Feeder
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Vision Bird Pacifier All Natural Sisal Fibre includes Free Refill
Vision Bird Pacifier All Natural Sisal Fibre includes Free Refill
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Woven Palm Cylinder Foot Toy by Living World
Woven Palm Cylinder Foot Toy by Living World
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Polly Wanna Pinata Mike the Ultimate Monkey
Polly Wanna Pinata Mike the Ultimate Monkey
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Paradise Featherland Bird Toy Bamboo Dangle Medium
Paradise Featherland Bird Toy Bamboo Dangle Medium
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Preening Bird Toy - Diamond Bouncer - Medium
Preening Bird Toy - Diamond Bouncer - Medium
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Small Wood Block Swing for Medium Birds
Small Wood Block Swing for Medium Birds
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Paradise Bird Toy - Popsicle Helicopter
Paradise Bird Toy - Popsicle Helicopter
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Big Radar Fun Max Wood and Leather Toy for Medium Birds by Fun Max
Big Radar Fun Max Wood and Leather Toy for Medium Birds by Fun Max
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4 Inch Square Foraging Box with Optional Goodies 6 pc
4 Inch Square Foraging Box with Optional Goodies 6 pc
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6 each Oblong Foraging Boxes
6 each Oblong Foraging Boxes
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Wacky Wood Bird Swing by Prevue Pet
Wacky Wood Bird Swing by Prevue Pet
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Calypso Creations Short Stack by Prevue Pet
Calypso Creations Short Stack by Prevue Pet
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Calypso Creations Club Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
Calypso Creations Club Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
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Tropical Teasers Up & Away Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
Tropical Teasers Up & Away Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
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Tropical Teasers Sky Rider Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
Tropical Teasers Sky Rider Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
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Tropical Teasers Confetti Kazoo Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
Tropical Teasers Confetti Kazoo Bird Toy by Prevue Pet
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Small Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Pinata Living World
Small Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Pinata Living World
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Medium Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Pinata Living World
Medium Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Pinata Living World
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Small Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Oblong Cube by Living World
Small Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Oblong Cube by Living World
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Medium Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Oblong Cube by Living World
Medium Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Oblong Cube by Living World
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Large Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Oblong Cube by Living World
Large Nature's Treasure Bird Toy Buri Palm Oblong Cube by Living World
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Nature's Treasure Straight Edge Buri Palm Ribbon Bird Toy by Living World
Nature's Treasure Straight Edge Buri Palm Ribbon Bird Toy by Living World
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Nature's Treasure Heart Foraging Box Bird Toy by Living World
Nature's Treasure Heart Foraging Box Bird Toy by Living World
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12 Inch Long Stainless Steel Kebob Skewer w/ 1-3/4 Inch Ball by Expandable Habitat-
12 Inch Long Stainless Steel Kebob Skewer w/ 1-3/4 Inch Ball by Expandable Habitat-
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12 Inch Long Stainless Steel Kebob Skewer w/ 1-1/4 Inch Ball by Expandable Habitats
12 Inch Long Stainless Steel Kebob Skewer w/ 1-1/4 Inch Ball by Expandable Habitats
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2000 Raffle Tickets for Foraging Fun & Cage Privacy
2000 Raffle Tickets for Foraging Fun & Cage Privacy
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Not Too Small Preening Rope Swing with Lots of Sisal for the Smaller Bird
Not Too Small Preening Rope Swing with Lots of Sisal for the Smaller Bird
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Really Big Preening Rope Swing with Lots of Sisal
Really Big Preening Rope Swing with Lots of Sisal
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 Coconut Eclipse Natural Foraging and Chew up Bird Toy
Coconut Eclipse Natural Foraging and Chew up Bird Toy
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Yummy Foraging Box with Lots of Wood, Paper & Cardboard for Smaller Birds
Yummy Foraging Box with Lots of Wood, Paper & Cardboard for Smaller Birds
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Big All Leather Chew It Up Bird Toy
Big All Leather Chew It Up Bird Toy
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Leather Foraging Parrot Pita with Finger Traps
Leather Foraging Parrot Pita with Finger Traps
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Did you know that bird toys are the only accessories in your bird's cage that work 24 seven? Remember the 60/40 rule. Birds in the wild spend 40% of their time seeking food and 60% of their time trying not to be food - which puts an enormous amount of responsibility on the bird toy.
Image Courtesy  - The Polite Parrot
African Grey Parrot peering out from behind many bird toys in bird cage


Bird toys go far beyond the entertainment of birds. On the 40% side - seeking food part of the equation, we look at the action associated with bird toys called foraging. Birds in the wild start their day at the crack of dawn seeking food. Whether it be the South American rain forest or the Serengeti Plains in the Congo,  parrots take flight at the crack of dawn flying to known places where food is available. (Macaws in the South American Rain Forest have been observed to have as many as 100 places they stop to seek food).

"Available" is a relative term. The food might be in the form of bugs living under the bark of old trees, fruits and berries in trees and shrubs and whatever they might find growing or crawling under rocks on the ground or on the sides of hills and mountains. The persistent search for food using their beaks and tounges to identify food is called foraging.

Who doesn't have a parrot that hasn't chewed a small piece of furniture, a window blind, a TV remote or a computer keyboard? Foraging - and on another level, keeping themselves entertained is another major reason why birds must have bird toys. The best way to keep birds from chewing on things you don't want them to is to offer viable alternatives in the form of bird toys. Wood, leather, rope, chain, plastic - they don't care, they need to be using their beak day in and day out to remain happy.
DIY Large Bird Toys - Video
Video making big bird toys fast and cheap
The trying not to be eaten 60% of the equation thing. This issue was brought squarely into focus through  a thread we were following on Holistic Avian Care Group on Facebook. The thread started with a woman seeking solutions to reduce the plucking of her Goffin Cockatoo. She was thinking about searching out herbs and spices from the Tanimbar Bar Islands which is where Goffins are from. Although I admired her thinking, generally if a bird is on a well balanced nutritious diet which which it sounded like this woman's bird was on, shifting nutrients sources will probably not end up in reduction of plucking.

As the thread evolved we came to learn that the birds cage was in front of a large picture window and yes her Goffin cockatoo had probably seen some hawks through the window. Digressing here for a moment, person birds and parrots generally like to have at least one side of their birdcage fully blocked from view so it's best to put your bird cage against at least one wall. The bigger overriding issue is when your bird is in its cage, does it feel secure?

Making bird toys from cardboard tubes - Video
Video Making Bird Toys from household items

Here is where the flipside of bird toys come in. Think of bird toys as the leaves of a tree your bird may reside in in the wild. Parrots will always congregate in flocks in trees with lots of foliage. The beautiful colors that make these wonderful creatures so attractive to us are nature's way of helping him hide in their natural habitat from predators.

Let's bring this a little closer to home. When you go to sleep at night in your own bedroom, you close the blinds and the door so that you have privacy. Generally speaking, we humans don't like living in a fishbowl environment. Neither do our birds. Take a good look at your birdcage. If it's not covered and your bird is inside, do you think you are bird feels exposed? You've answered your own question.

Getting back to the Facebook thread, the Goffin's owner agreed that yes her bird might feel a tad exposed. This feeling of exposure may lead to nervous picking at the feathers which may escalate into regular plucking. 

We're asked all the time how many toys should I put in my birdcage? Our answer will always be "so many toys that you can't see the bird". They can be toys or even strips of newspaper woven through the bars of the cage. You can stop aggression between small birds like finches by using areas of toys or shrubbery they can hide behind much like you or I might seek temporary privacy from a spouse or family member.

Sure we'll toot our own horn here and tell you that we've addedlots of yummy new bird toys to the website. But we'll also tell you you don't have to spend a lot of money on toys. Use your imagination. We have a whole section of DIY toys from household items that will cost you pennies and yet achieve the same goal of allowing your bird to forage in making your bird feel safe in its own cage.  
How to set up a comfortable cage for small parrots - Video
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Mitch Rezman
Vice President
Windy City Parrot, Inc.
 

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