Ezekiell

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Hi fellow birders!
I’ve got some of these plastic foot toy rattles for my bird and the last time I visited him at the breeder I left one of them for him to play with at the breeders home. My reasoning was it might make the transition from the breeders home to our home easier if he had at least one familiar toy.

We visited him again yesterday and the breeder told us that he had broken it open, then broken open the rattle and got the little bead out. So they thew it away, which I’m happy about.

Now this was never something that I was planning to leave in the cage with him unsupervised, I was always planning to only let him play with it when he’s out with us and we can see what he’s doing.

But now I’m wondering if I should just chuck it? But he really liked the jingle, so maybe I could just remove the bell and replace it with a wooden bead?

Thoughts? I really don’t want him to have something he could potentially choke on...
 
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Hi fellow birders!
I’ve got some of these plastic foot toy rattles for my bird and the last time I visited him at the breeder I left one of them for him to play with at the breeders home. My reasoning was it might make the transition from the breeders home to our home easier if he had at least one familiar toy.

We visited him again yesterday and the breeder told us that he had broken it open, then broken open the rattle and got the little bead out. So they thew it away, which I’m happy about.

Now this was never something that I was planning to leave in the cage with him unsupervised, I was always planning to only let him play with it when he’s out with us and we can see what he’s doing.

But now I’m wondering if I should just chuck it? But he really liked the jingle, so maybe I could just remove the bell and replace it with a wooden bead?

Thoughts? I really don’t want him to have something he could potentially choke on...
I agree Ezekiel...nothing that he can choke on and many types of bells plus parts can be dangerous as well. My babies have plastic noisy foot toys but they cannot break it open....use noise toys which cannot be destroyed so to speak...my babes have bells enclosed in non-destructible plastic...and foot toys the same...no chance of choking or breaking...
 
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These are all very good points. I have a super bird bell ball, the jingle thing is a solid piece of indestructible plastic so I might try and get another one of those.

I might see how he behaves with the tumble jingle with me closely supervising and if he starts beaking it very forcefully or becoming very hyper with it I'll just extract the jingle somehow or chuck it.

Meanwhile I'll get some extra plastic chain style foot toys that'll clank when shaken - no chance of him swallowing any tiny beads that way!
 
Me, I am not a fan of plastic anything, especially toys that the parrot can chew and destriy- too much of a chance they will swallow tiny shreds of plastic. I suppose the same can be said of wood toys, and this is my own perspective.
 
I don't have a caique, but I always supervise Cairo when it comes to non-wood toys. Unfortunately, he likes taking apart all of his plastic toys, which means I have a ban on plastic toys unless I'm around or he's not been able to destroy it in the hours of playing with it while I'm around. Right now, he only has a plastic toy that sings when he presses a button in his cage. Outside, we have a lot of plastic foraging toys. But plastic balls never survive more than a few minutes with him. And I do worry because plastic can be sharp - if he breaks it and it scratches him on the soft, fleshy part of his beak, if he tries to swallow the small particles that chip off, etc. For wood toys, my vet said they don't swallow and if it's a tiny amount their body can still process it somewhat.
 

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