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Old 12-05-2017, 09:35 PM
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Hi! Sorry I don't post much... I don't know if this is the right place for asking this but here goes!
But I have been Christmas shopping for my birds and the small pet section has things that would make great toys for my birds! But, I am just wondering, is it safe? I checked what materials are safe for birds but it doesn't really mention what wood they use for these toys! Here are some toys I was interested in....
https://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/t...ml?cgid=600208
https://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/t...ml?cgid=600208
https://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/t...ml?cgid=600208
https://www.petsmart.com/small-pet/t...ml?cgid=600208
https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...rbil?rrec=true

Also... loofah... is it made from the bath scrubber thing or the vegetable!? I am so confused

Thank you for any help!

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Old 12-05-2017, 10:33 PM
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Jellybug,

Good for you for checking on safety! I am no expert, just a newbie who reads a lot, so take my advice with that in mind. These look like pretty good chew toys to me. I would want to hear what one of the more experienced people here says, but I could imagine my budgie being interested in the first three possibly. The ring with the large pieces of wood might be of interest or the wood might be a bit big. However, it could be fun for your bird to manipulate and/or climb on. I would have more concerns about the last set of items, the collection of small toys. I am not so sure about all of them being safe. I think my bird, Lemon Drop, would go bananas over the banana!

Here is a sticky that might have some helpful info: https://www.talkbudgies.com/housing-b...reat-cage.html

I hope this is a bit helpful. Good luck with your Christmas shopping!

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Most toys made for small animals are also safe for birds and vice versa. The only thing I would be worrying about is the first one. I would worry about the birds possibly getting their feet caught in it. Loofah is a natural plant material and is also safe.
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Hi Jellybug

I often check out the small animal section of pet shops and often find things suitable for my birds.

If your birds are big chewers, then the wooden blocks are good (my birds don’t bother with anything harder than balsa or yucca).
Loofah is safe, though may potentially trap toes/nails, it’s up to you as to whether you think it’s safe enough to use in the cage or supervised outside.

As for safety, you just need to make a judgement yourself (there are often unsafe toys actually made for birds). Unfortunately the labelling of toys is often very sparse, so you need to make a best guess as to what the metal is, whether it is coloured with food safe dyes or cheap paint, can you replace parts with safer ones (eg, ropes with paper rope or untanned leather strips), trim fringes, is there a trapping hazard, is there exposed glue on the product etc.

There’s nothing that stands out as obviously dangerous in that list, though personally, I would replace the rope in the 4th toy.
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Wow thank you for all these responses!
My birds are big chewers I suppose.... when it comes it playing with toys, all they do is chew, rip, and break everything..
I was thinking of using most of them for outside their cage (so it would be supervised) since they don't have much to do when they come out.
I will take everything you guys said into account! It am happy to know that hamster toys *can* be good for birds
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One thing that I noticed this is of concern is a hanging clip on one of the toys in the final assortment. It's the kind that opens with squeezing pressure and birds can get their beaks caught in them. Probably very easy to remove, however!
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Oh I did not see that at all!
If it becomes a problem I have bird clips from other toys I can use instead
Thank you for noticing that!
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