Getting your bird play with bird toys

Preening Bird Toy by Prevue Pet - Calypso Creations Mariachi 62565
How many times do you get a new toy for your bird, stick it in the bird cage close the door and then you go and work on your computer or watch television? 
 
Then you wonder why your bird chewed your television remote or the wire to your mouse. Introducing a new bird toy into your bird’s cage is no guarantee that he or she will engage it. To complicate this people will introduce new items into the bird cage when they get home from work as the sun is going down. 
 
The problem with introducing new items in the bird cages around sundown is the shadows that can be thrown which may scare the birds or the birds may become phobic over these new items. That said as a general rule before you introduce anything new into your bird cage is to bring it to your bird’s attention.
 
Hold up in front of him or her in the high childlike voice tell him how wonderful it’s going to be playing with this new toy and you go ahead and play with it as well. By doing this you are showing your bird that this your toy and by you playing with it they might like playing with it too.
 
By not spending a couple of minutes showing your bird how important this toy is, they’re just going to want to play with the toys that you are playing with – your computer keyboard and your TV remote
 

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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