Steel toys work well
THERE is some great news for owners of parrots that destroy every toy they can get their beaks on…including toys marked “indestructible”.
There is a new rage of stainless steel toys from the Frasier group, whose slogan is Toys for parrots who like to screw around! The slogan comes from the nuts, bolts and screws that make up great new foraging toys.
Talk about heavy duty. These toys are indestructible and I have tested them on the best demolition duo, my greenwing and blue and gold macaws.I love these industrial looking toys because of their sturdy construction and because they are stainless steel they are completely safe.
They are really easy to clean and can be scrubbed if need be or put in the dishwasher without fear of rusting.
Many are foraging toys, so your parrot has to work to get the treats from inside them by unscrewing the nuts, which can occupy their time and give them brain food in the way of challenges.
There is a really great range of foraging toys for large, heavy duty parrots such as macaws and cockatoos, such as the Busy Box (a combination of a lot of toys, all in one), Giant Play Box, Goodie Gadget and Play Rings, but there is also a range for medium size parrots such as the Play Box and Treasure Chest, while smaller parrots can get many hours of enjoyment from the Spinner.
I have used these toys for months now and no matter how much my guys give them a battering, they still look as good as the day I bought them and through the time my guys spend interacting with them I can see they really enjoy them.
They are not cheap but because they are heavy duty stainless steel they are going to last for many years.
I feel they are well worth it and consider them the best range of indestructible toys on the market.These toys are now available on line from myparrotshop.com
Rio and Cuba give these toys a 6-perch rating — the highest in their 1-6 range. — Gary Colvin
From the August 2008 edition of Talking Birds, the monthly newspaper for Australian bird keeper