Why Birds Need Toys
Toys and playing are extremely important in the development of children. Research has shown that children learn mainly through play. Similarly, toys serve as more than just entertainment in a bird's life. Toys help educate, fulfill instinct, encourage exercise, and keep a bird's beak busy. All of these benefits aid in your bird's overall health and happiness.
It is very common for birds to become bored and develop behavioral problems. Toys solve this problem by keeping your bird so busy that he won't resort to feather-picking or excessive screaming.
Benefits of Toys
Toys help your bird fulfill instinct by allowing him to chew, shred, and tear. Part of a bird's natural instinct is to tear things apart with his beak. Allowing your bird to chew on toys helps keep his beak in shape, as well. Another instinct that toys fulfill is the need to forage.
Because pet birds spend a majority of their time on their feet, interactive toys help birds stay active and receive exercise. This is necessary for a bird to avoid obesity.
Toys also give your bird a challenge and encourage him to solve a problem. Puzzle toys create an engaging environment and motivate your bird to use problem-solving skills. To provide your bird with additional stimulation, offer him toys with a variety of textures, sounds, sizes, tastes, and colors.
Toys are necessary for your bird's physical and mental well-being. Remember to choose toys that are appropriate for your bird's size and personality. Large birds might choke on toys that are too small, and smaller birds may become afraid by a toy that is too large.
Bird toys can become expensive, but they are crucial for your sanity and your bird's!
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