Exercise Toys for Birds
HARI SMART.PLAY Exercise & Perching Toys
Dangling, hanging, bouncing, with suspended exercise and perching toys alike challenge stability while building confidence. They boost cardio, increase dexterity, agility, and balance while-stretching and strengthening limbs to help develop strong pectoral muscles and expend calories, keeping pet birds in top physical condition.
Many of the materials used in the toys are natural materials such as bamboo, sisal, cocona, coconut, seagrass, loofah, willow, pinewood, and sea shells. The colours used in the toys are made from non-toxic vegetable dyes. HARI SMART.PLAY foraging toys come with either an appropriately sized pear-shaped or d-shaped quick link.
For the Health and Well Being of Your Bird
Exercise & perching toys help to relieve anxiety, promote mental and physical stimulation, and provide entertainment. The health of your bird as well as its lifestage, confidence and experience should be taken into consideration prior to encouraging your parrot to exercise. Learn to observe your parrots’ exercise habits, endurance, level of physical activity, skill and interest in participating, as this can help assess health and well-being.
- Toys available in a range of size suitable for all hookbills
- Encourages foraging and preening
- Relieves boredom and helps prevent feather plucking
- Provides mental and physical stimulation
- Helps relieve anxiety by providing entertainment
- Socially responsibly produced
|Item#||Description||Dimensions||For Parrot Size|
|81004||Coconut Merry-Go-Round||35cm (13.8″) H | Ø 13.5 cm (5″)||M|
|81005||Monkey King||30cm (11.8″) H||S/M|
|81006||Space Station (S)||27cm (10.6″) H | 20cm (7.9″) W||S/M|
|81008||Rope Orbiter Perch n Swing (S)||32cm (12.6″) H | Ø 18.5 cm (7.3″) Thickness: 1.3cm (0.5″)||S|
|81009||Rope Orbiter Perch n Swing (M)||47cm (18.5″) H | Ø 31 cm (12.2″)
Thickness: 1.9cm (0.75″)
|81010||Rope Orbiter Perch n Swing (L)||61cm (24″) H | Ø 36 cm (14.2″)
Thickness: 2.5cm (1″)
|81014||Bagel Cascade||31cm (12.2″) H||M|
|81020||Pterodactyl||60cm (24″) H | 34cm (13.4″) W||L|
|81022||Cookie Ring||15cm (6″) H | Ø 18 cm (7.1″)||S/M|
|81023||Bamboo Tower||43cm (17″) H||M|
|81046||Cross Sisal Perch||60cm (23.6″) L | Rope Ø 6cm (2.4″) Thickness: 2cm (0.8″)||S/M|
|81543||Birdie Play Perch||25.4 cm (10″) x 25.4 cm (10″) l ø 0.79″ (2 cm)||XS|
Choosing the Right Exercise Toys for Your Parrot
Design, colors, textures will allure your parrots’ inquisitive nature. Combining stimulating activities such as misting & foraging along with the exercise toy (bouncing perch) will provide additional stimulation.
Without a doubt flying is the ultimate exercise, developing cardio endurance is extremely important, although it is not the only activity that can provide exercise. Should you have the opportunity to observe birds in the wild they also exercise a great deal while they are foraging, dangling from branch to branch, interacting with the flock, preening and socializing.
In captivity, the companion parrot that does not have the opportunity to live in a flight or environment that allows for flight, the caretaker must be creative in offering exercise-stimulating opportunities. The goal is to encourage wing flapping, climbing, flying from activity center or foraging tree to its day cage.
Caretakers often assume their birds are exercising because they spend most of their day perched on top of their cage like “perch potatoes”. Regrettably, that does not mean the bird is engaging in exercise or developing cardio endurance.
Place a Variety of Exercise Stimulating Toys in Your Birds’ Environment
- In the cage – the day cage should be spacious enough to accommodate for a few interactive exercise-stimulating toys.
- Out of the cage – while your bird is enjoying supervised time out of the cage, encourage exercise by placing bouncing climbing perches and toys that might require a little dexterity and ingenuity to reach.
- Activity Center, Play Gym and Foraging Tree – designated exercise and activity stations will encourage your birds to fly back and forth from their day cage as they will be exploring their versatile environment (provided they are not fully flight feather groomed). Toys can be placed strategically around the cage to and from activity stations to encourage walking and climbing to these regardless of the flight potential.
- Exercise perches and climbing toys placed in the shower or misting area should be made of a material that will not hold moisture. Abaca rope or cotton perches are not recommended, whereas acrylic or poly resin would be a better choice.
- Climbing abaca rope nets are a great addition to any bird room design. Other toys can be hung from them to create a stimulating and entertaining play gym. It takes a great deal of balance and dexterity in order to play and maneuver on some of these more advanced hanging exercise stations.
- Outdoor Flight – providing exercise opportunities outdoors should be easier due to less space constraint and flight design. Exposure to rain should influence the placement of the rope nets or the bouncing perches as these can harbor bacteria when wet. Dangling, hanging exercise toys and rope perches can be strung throughout the flight which is usually easier to create a challenging yet stimulating environment and exercise opportunities.
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