Though toys are often regarded as accessories or peripheral items, toys play a crucial role in the physical and mental well-being of your pet bird. It is not uncommon for caged birds to develop behavioral problems due to a lack of mental and physical stimulation. Toys help create a challenging and diverse environment and are an easy and effective way to prevent many negative behaviors triggered by boredom.
Effects of Boredom
Birds, especially larger species such as African Greys and other parrots, are extremely social and intelligent animals. An active environment is required to keep them healthy and happy. Without sufficient stimulation, many birds become depressed and begin to demonstrate negative or abnormal behaviors such as biting, screaming, and feather picking. In some cases, they may demonstrate neurotic behavior, seeking solace in repetitive, compulsive actions including self-mutilation.
Perhaps partially due to their beautiful and ornamental nature, pet birds are often regarded as “caged” birds that are to be admired from afar. Sadly, many bird owners do not realize their birds require ample interaction outside of the cage. Designate a block of quality time when you can devote your attention to interact and play with your bird outside the cage.
Cage time is unavoidable. While you are at work, your pet bird remains caged for 8 to 10 hours each day, but this does not mean her cage time has to be boring. Take steps to make your pet bird’s cage as interesting as possible.
To create an environment that’s challenging and engaging, start by considering toys that satisfy your bird’s senses. Include toys that are brightly colored, such as vibrant acrylic toys, as well as toys with varying textures.
Steps to Avoid Boredom
- Take your feathered friend out of his cage daily. No matter how many bird toys you give your parrot, he still needs to spend time outside of his birdcage.
- Play with your bird regularly. Spend time each day playing and interacting with your bird. Teach your bird a few bird tricks and just have a good time together. Parrots have an amazing capacity to bond with humans—so don’t let this opportunity slip by!
- Get another bird. Some parrots do not like to be alone. By purchasing a companion, you can provide your feathered friend with the social interaction he needs.
Here are some toy bundles that will certainly keep your bird occupied!
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