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Brain Stimulating Bird Toys

There is an elaborate array of sturdy brain stimulating toys on the market for your parrots. Many brain stimulating toys combine foraging activities and rewards. Some are simple to use and others require more skills and training. Simply rewarding self-recognition in a mirror can be an excellent place to start. Brain stimulating toys can challenge a birds cognitive intelligence and can require communication skills, while others may challenge the ingenuity and dexterity of the bird. Species and individual potentials vary as well. Although an African grey or budgie may learn to identify a specific card in a deck (color, shape and number) he may never be skilled at throwing balls in a hoop. The intellectual nature and personality varies from species to species as much as it does from one human individual to another.

Rustic Treasures Hand-Crafted and 100% Natural

All toys in the Rustic Treasure line are 100% natural, non-toxic and made by hand using environmentally friendly, sustainable raw materials.

  • Toys available in a range of size suitable for all hookbills
  • Encourages foraging and preening
  • Relieves boredom and feather plucking
  • Provides mental and physical stimulation
  • Helps relieve anxiety by providing entertainment
  • Socially responsibly produced

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Conservation and social responsibility are important to us. Proudly, toys from the Rustic Treasures line are socially responsibly produced. Partnering with certified Fair Trade cooperatives – that help provide gainful employment for hundreds of families – means we are all doing our part by giving them an opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fair-trade offers consumers a powerful way to help reduce poverty through their every day shopping.


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Many of the materials used in the making of these toys are part of a bird’s natural environment in the wild such as bamboo, oyster shells, abaca and palm leaves and coconut shells creating both stimulating and charming toys for parrots.

For the Health and Well Being of Your Bird

It is important to offer safe, quality toys to your bird as an outlet to encourage natural bird behaviors. The toys offered on this website have been carefully produced to encourage natural instincts to play and forage as well as an opportunity to satisfy a bird’s natural urge to preen and chew.

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Choosing the Right Brain Stimulating Toy for Your Parrot

Parrot Training Strategies
Learning blocks of certain shapes, colors or numbers can be used with other objects over many sessions in order to see if the parrot recognizes them from one session to the other.

Design, weight, size, shape, texture and material should all be taken into consideration when selecting toys that are species appropriate. A budgie for example will find light weight objects such as a deck of cards easier to handle than a large over-whelming letter block – which might leave him frustrated. Large or heavier acrylic toys are often more suitable for larger hookbills such as greys, amazons and macaws. Cockatoos despite their large size, enjoy smaller objects due to their refined dexterity. Many larger toys can be separated into smaller parts for the same species and used in different lessons.

The age of your parrot is important, be opportunistic of the young fledglings’ curiosity and eagerness to play and learn. Once again the importance of desensitization, mentorship, guidance and assurance from the flock or caretaker also engaging these learning sessions with these toys is important to encourage play especially for the younger, the older and the recently re-homed bird that has not yet demonstrated interest or perhaps has never had the opportunity to master these skills.


Strategies to Consider When Training Your Parrot

The area you choose for play and training sessions is as important as the toys. A comfortable area with few distractions is ideal to help your parrot remain focused on the task at hand and not on passers-by or other pets. The room should not be completely free of sounds, as in the wild this would signal a storm brewing or predator on the hunt, instinctively putting your parrot on guard and unable to concentrate.

Visual aids are a great addition to any play session. A video of birds playing with toys and interacting with other birds can teach your bird how to use these toys. They do learn by modeling as well as mentorship.

Training sessions should be kept short and simple, primarily one on one. Introducing new learning toys should be done at the birds pace and only as long as his attention span allows. The mentor’s enthusiasm over a new object or new talent is key to keeping their interest. Vocal praise is extremely rewarding and can peak your parrots attention even if he is an older bird who has never learned to interact like this before.

You should not engage in educational sessions with birds that are hungry, tired or have pent-up energy. In order to maximize the success and enjoyment of a session, it is important to not replace a daily activity such as napping or preening with a training session.

A key role in accessing your bird’s health and well being is to learn to observe your birds interest, dexterity, mental and motor skill when participating in these activities.  Companion parrots are not performing in circus or zoos acts and so the intent of participating in these sessions should be principally to spend quality time with your feathered companion. Mentorship from the caretaker is key to any healthy relationship. Pride and the sense of accomplishment is the reward for both. We must always respect the potential of each individual, reward with praise the merit not the achievement.

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