Toy Safety Tips
1. Always choose the right size toy for your bird.  Size Chart Click HERE

2. Keep all ropes trimmed short.  If you find your bird gets tangled up in rope easily, then Cotton Supreme
rope is the best way to go.  Learn more about supreme rope by clicking here.

3. Always check toys for broken parts or chewed plastic and  replace as needed.

4. Supervise birds when introducing a new toy.

5. Bells are  not safe for all birds.  Some birds are rough on toys and can pull out clappers.  Keep this in mind
when choosing a toy.   If there is a toy that you would like to have and there is a bell which would not be safe
for your bird, I can replace the bell with a bink when possible.

6.  All willow wreaths are peeled and all natural. There is no varnish or paint on them and I clean each wreath
by hand after purchase with GSE and leave outside to  dry.   Like to know more about Grapefruit Seed Extract
click here.

7.  All wood is safe and natural with no dyes what so ever.  I use different kinds of woods soft and hard.

8.  All leather is safe and veggie tanned.

9.  I only use nickel plated or stainless steel.  Nickel chain can be substituted  with stainless steel for an extra
cost.

10. All toys that are sized for Conures and tiels have been tested by my birds.  I come up with toys to please
there taste. The larger toys that I make are based on research that I have gathered online as well as other
resources.  I am determined to do the best I can to create a SAFE and enjoyable toy for all birds.  I always
encourage everyone to please pick a toy that is right for your bird.  That doesn't just go for my online store,
thats any store that you choose to purchase from.   I also want to encourage people to  pay close attention when
buying a toy from a local pet store.  There are toys on the market that are just dangerous.  Jingle bells, some
clappers on bells, unknown metals, some dyed woods and rope, and  many other things that could harm our
birds.  I have a prime example of a toy  I purchased from a local chain pet store.  It was a large brass bell
that my blue crown played with for months until I learned how to test for zinc. The bell itself was fine but the
clapper tested positive for zinc.  It really shocked me.  What else is out there?   I wonder how many of the
toys we thought were safe really are?   If you would like to learn how to test for zinc please
click here.
Fun Tips
1. Change toy arrangement in cage every month.

2. Hide treats in toys for fun.

3. An easy fun toy for a large Conures to make, one
colored whiffle ball and one long leather lace.  String
leather through ball tie a knot and now you can play ball without having to run for the ball every time.  ;-)

4. Purchase a willow basket and use as toy chest, set it on top of cage and watch your bird have the best time
tossing every toy out!  Of course you have to put them back so he can do it again.

5. Great easy toy to make.  Long enough piece of rope that can hang from the top of the cage to just a few
inches above the bottom.  Tie many knots and slide a few rings and toy parts in between.  Hang one large toy on
the end like a bell.  Watch  your bird have the best time laying on his back playing with the bell, or climbing up
and down the rope trying to figure out how to get those rings and toys off.  Lot of fun with this simple toy.  
*Trim rope short at the end better yet use supreme rope.*  
Teaching Your Bird To Talk

This has to be one of the most flattering things parrots learn to do. Imitating human speech is an art form to a
bird. Some practice out in the open while some like to practice in secret we call them closet talkers! They don’t
want you to know about it until it perfect I guess :-) ! Even so some birds prefer sound effects instead not to
mention birds who love to whistle. Remember some birds learn to talk without being taught which in my opinion
is the best way. Talk to your bird everyday as much as you can. Interacting with him will be the key to teaching
your bird to talk. All my birds talk except for Jasper my female cockatiel. I never sat down and said ok I’m
going to teach you to talk now. The first bird that learned to talk was Kiwi, my male cockatiel and he totally
surprised me by saying his name one morning before I did. Every morning I would get up the first thing I would
do is go and check on my birds which at the time was only Kiwi and Natchez a budgie. I would say Kiwi very
loud and high pitched in the morning in a very exciting way. This was just my way of greeting him every morning.
It was not long when one morning I came to greet him he spoke up first a very loud and clear Kiwi. So I thought
so he wants to learn to talk. So I would say things like Pretty Bird and I could tell by his actions if he was
actually interested or not. He would become very quiet and stare at me very intensely as I repeated the phrase
pretty bird. It took him just one day of listening to me saying the words maybe 50 times or more until he was
saying pretty bird himself. He learned the wolf whistle next and he really enjoys commercials with whistling
tunes. He knows many tunes now and says about 10 different things. Once he learned to talk my budgie learned
from him but became much more vocal and had a much bigger vocabulary. Budgies are very smart little birds
they actually use the words they learn in the correct context. My favorite thing my budgie would say was “come
on Kiwi” when ever he was wanting to play with Kiwi. So cute. Coco learned her name within 3 days of me bring
her home from the breeder. She also says come on and makes tons of sound effects. She loves squeaks and
beeps. We call her beeper a lot around the house. Mango was already talking when we bought her, she has a
good size vocabulary. Her new phrase is “Is it good?” Kiwi also says this. This is a funny little story about Kiwi
talking abilities. I have outside feeders set up so the birds can see them from the bird room. When I first set
them up Kiwi watched the outside birds eat from the feeders and for a week he kept asking them if it was good.
We all got a big kick out of that.

So the key to teaching your bird to talk is to talk to them in a normal manner. Hand them a treat and say
something like want a treat? Or I always ask them if its good and they picked that up. When its bath time I
always ask wanna take a bath and some of them have learned that phrase. Of course my birds are asking
questions all the time hahaha! Doesn’t matter to me if they talk or not. I just want them to be happy and healthy.

Now what the experts say about teaching your birds to talk!

Patience Patience Patience

Repeat Repeat Repeat

And remember not all birds are going to learn to talk and some are just naturally better at it like African
Greys. Doesn’t mean they are not smart or a great pet. There is no magic formula for teaching a bird to talk
and if there is I have never heard of it.  Its really all up to the bird. You can say Pretty Bird until you are
blue in the face and still nothing.  Find positive things about your bird even if he or she never learns to talk.
Maybe they can learn a trick. Step Up is a good one! ;-)
More Tips about Toys
My husband brought this to my attention.  I don't know why I never mention this before BUT some birds are
scared of new toys or anything that is new. It is a birds nature to be suspicious.  So don't give up on a new toy
your bird will not go near. It takes time for a some birds to become more comfortable with a new toy in his
environment.  If the bird is really scared and freaking out about the toy remove it from the cage and place it
near where he can see it for a few day. Let him get use to the toy being around and he will come to understand
the toy is not going to harm him.  As time goes on move the toy closer and closer until you have the toy in the
cage and then give him time to explorer the new toy.  This is totally normal when adding anything new the bird
had never had contact with in the past.  Don't give up you may be throwing out toys that would become his
favorite things in the world!  Had a customer who purchased the colored whiffle balls for his bird because he
loved the white rattle balls so much.  He told me his bird would not go near the colored balls in just a week
after i told him leave them in his cage and give it time, the bird was dragging the balls all over the cage and
loves the colored whiffle balls now.  He even came back and ordered more!
Birds are really funny about new things my vet told me about them being so suspicious.  This is one of the
reasons or main reason why its so hard to change their diets.  We give them the new healthier pellets to eat and
they think we are giving them something that will harm them.  If you eat some of the new pellet or anything new
you are trying to introduce to your birds in front of them, when they see you eat it first 9 times out of 10 they
will try it too.  They want to make sure you don't fall over dead first!  If you ever notice birds in the wild
they will do the same thing. When I  put out a new feeder with a different food they may go days before
someone gets up the nerve to try it and once they see one bird eating from it here comes the rest!
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