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Preening Toys for Birds

Preening is an important part of your parrot’s daily rituals. Numerous toys can stimulate this preening activity, which is why we often refer to these toys as occupational therapy devices (OTD). These are exceptionally important to birds that are housed alone. Bird safe materials that engage the birds’ instinctive preening behaviours can be found in various toys.

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 Preening Toy for Your Parrot

Rustic Treasure Foot Toy for ParrotsPreening toys should be offered in a variety of sizes, textures and colours. Be sure to desensitize your bird to new items that will be placed in his living quarters. Rotating a vast selection of toys from time to time can keep his interest peeked. Birds have an incredible memory and will easily recognize a favourite toy even weeks later.

  • Braided streamers will provide longer lasting enjoyment and stimulate the dexterity and ingenuity to preen these.
  • Hanging tassels are a great way to ruffle some feathers and stimulate preening.
  • A swing perch with a woven head of natural sisal or abaca rope is an excellent toy to provide both a comfortable perching area, stimulate exercise and preening activity.
  • Preening devices that are small enough to be held by your parrot’s foot such as small balls with bristles or a toothbrush make great additions to a preening toy collection. They not only encourage preening but also dexterity and balance.

Tropican extruded granules and sticks can be embedded in some of these preening toys to offer a combination of preening with foraging activity. This may also attract a parrot that has less experience with preening, to eventually engage in this activity.

Safety First

Preening toys should not be placed close to water bowls or areas where misting and bathing will take place. Materials on some toys may get wet or mouldy and the bird could preen mould onto his feathers. Cotton rope perches can offer stability if offered near a favourite preening device, but once they have become frayed should be removed from the cage or play area. Small threads are hard to see if they become wrapped around little feet, which can cause discomfort and sometimes constriction. Removing any items that have frayed and may become a possible suspension hazard is crucial.

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