Unsafe bird toys: how to avoid them

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Unsafe bird toys: how to avoid them

I came across this post recently on Facebook’s news feed. It scared me to death! I posted it immediately to our page. Then we started getting posts from people in the community who were afraid of the exact toy hanging in the cage. I also received some personal information.

It’s not surprising to find out how many people bought the toy. It’s available at walmart. To make matters worse, it’s also in the pet store, including…

I came across this post recently on Facebook’s news feed. It scared me to death! I posted it immediately to our page. We immediately got the post from people in the community who were afraid of the exact toy hanging in the cage. I also received some personal information.

It’s not surprising to find out how many people bought the toy. It’s available at walmart. To make matters worse, it can also be found in pet stores, including PetSmart, a pet retail chain that most people would think of as a safe product, which is a fair and reasonable assumption. Pet shops should be about our pets and their welfare, but that’s not the case. They are retailers first, whose main interests are the bottom line. (I know several people in our community working in the pet shop, please do not think that this kind of setback is for you, I know you are justified, but in most cases, your employer is always the same. I hope they know how lucky they are to be on the front lines of their company.

It seems clear that we are choosing the available toys too comfortable. We always have to admit that the worst part is that it’s a shame. But that’s the way it is…

What you need to know:

Bird toys should never be painted or glued together. There are toxic aspects, but even with non-toxic paint or food-grade glue, there is another equally serious problem. Paint and glue apply to the surface. They don’t soak on the surface like dyes; They are dry on the surface. This is a part of the toy that may attract the attention of a keen parrot while playing. Although our fingers do not have a good design to remove glue or paint, parrots do a short job. If these chips are swallowed, even if they are essentially nontoxic, they can be deadly. They can enter the digestive system and cause serious blockages. Most dyes are soy based (vegetables), which are a safe choice of colorants.

Leather toy parts can only be made from tannage. Tanning is a process that converts animal skin into leather. It is usually done with acidic chemicals, but the tannins of plant tanning are soaked in tannins made from plants, without dangerous chemicals.

Metal hardware should be stainless steel or nickel plated. Hardware should not be movable or indigestible. In addition, they should not have cracks or the way they are shaped, and can get stuck in the beak or fingernails.

The tonnage of pet products exported from China. It was found that cages and toys were made from known poisonous parts. They use coatings or powder coatings that contain known toxins. Sadly, they also make pet food that kills countless pets. Nevertheless, their products are widely distributed due to their affordability. It’s good for your wallet, and it’s bad for pets. Beware of products made there.

Smart parrot owners will pay close attention to the toys they are considering and check their safety and durability like holmes. But doing this at a pet shop can have other concerns. Parakeets, which are handled by parrots, can spread disease.

Do you know that the PBFD virus can survive on the surface for a few months? Scary, isn’t it?

There is no way to know that our chickens are sick only when they are not monitoring their weight and feces. They began to develop symptoms before they were seriously ill. I think it can be said that most bird owners do not monitor their birds’ health, and they still do not know that their bird is sick.

If the owner deals with toys before shopping, or if employees have to deal with sick birds that are sold in stores, and then place shelves, it is possible to spread the disease in this way.

The fear has multiplied many times at the bird fair, with all customers coming from all sides looking for toys and other bird products.

Until the birds stores and birds begins to use a toy fair in supplier to display, and their clients back to home, their toys always stay within the warehouse, I will continue to buy most toys online.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to the concept of knowing and trusting your bird product source. If you don’t have a specific manufacturer and their product quality is always good, you can buy from a reputable store and trust your product.

Our toy personal choice at BirdTricks.com is Planet Pleasures, an environmentally friendly and socially conscientious fairtrade organization that provides toys for our toy projects.

Take a moment to check out the Parrot Toys By Mail program. It’s a very reasonable price, completely convenient, completely safe for your birds. These are the toys we give our birds.

Patty Jourgensen is good at bird health, behavior and nutrition, and has been working to save birds since 1987.

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