Toy safety


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Just as some small children prefer to play with the wrappings that their toys come in, birds often prefer simple toys that are inexpensive and easily replaced when there is nothing left to chomp! One important thing to remember when buying toys is that most of them were designed to eventually be destroyed, because that is simply a birds nature.

Don’t buy toys that contain wood parts and expect it to last forever. It simply won’t happen! Besides, providing wooden toys for your Quaker to destroy at will may satisfy his natural yearning enough so that it saves you a piece of valuable furniture in the future.

Regardless of which toys you choose to provide to your Quaker, safety should be the main consideration. When you select toys for your little buddy, assess the safety features. Numerous injuries and even deaths are attributed each year to accidents with bird toys that are dangerous or inappropriate for the size of the bird they were purchased for. Beaks may get caught in snap or shower curtain type hooks. S-chains are often responsible for torn toes and impaled beaks.

The safest chain to use for hanging or stringing bird toys is closed link chain, also known as welded solid link chain (ie: choker chain as used in pet leashes) which is safe for any size of bird, although some very large birds may require the use of larger links to prevent snapping them in half!

The devices used to hang the toys should be metal Quick Links which are safe for any size of bird (these should be tightened with a pair of pliers to ensure your bird cannot loosen it with his beak); or “pear” links for small to medium sized birds. Pear links are actually small “quick links” and have a pear-shaped body instead of the “C” shape of the larger ones.


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