The importance of toys in your birds life cannot be stressed enough. As you learn more about your birds behavior, you will start to see a multitude of benefits that bird toys can serve for your birds happiness and well being such as:
- They will stimulate and keep your birds mind captivated
- Your bird stays healthy and active
- Toys take away that urge to chew up your house, furniture, or belongings
- They can help relieve boredom which can sometimes result in feather plucking
Most Parrot owners enjoy watching their birds at play with a new toy, but what can be frustrating, is how your bird sometimes ignores the toys you affectionately provide for it. Some of the reasons for this could be:
Your Parrots Environment
Most birds are super sensitive to the environment around them. If your bird feels uncomfortable or fearful in his environment, he may ignore the toy or even display extreme and unusual behavior. Try to make your bird as comfortable as possible in his environment and he will probably become interested and start to explore his new toy.
Chances are, that if you like the toy, your bird won’t. Most Parrots are more interested in what the toy is made of and how to destroy it than what it looks like.
Your parrot doesn’t know how to play
This is more common than what most Parrot owners would think. Your get your little buddy all excited, curious, and playful and he still doesn’t know what to do with that new toy you just gave him. More often than not he just may not know how to play with the toy.
Without some sort of visual instruction (show him what it is and what fun he can have with it), the toy may not peak his curiosity. He may simply ignore it. We can condition our Parrot’s perception of things around his environment by teaching him how to play.
So now you are probably wondering,
How do I teach my Parrot to play?
There are many ways you can teach your Parrot to play. One example would be to take your Parrots new toy and play with it in front of him while he is in his cage. Make sure he is watching you and spin it around, throw it in the air, be vocal and make it look like you are having fun with the toy. Place it back on the floor and walk away. Repeat these steps a couple more times.
You may find that you have peaked your Parrots interest because you are playing with something that he can’t have. Once your Parrot’s curiosity starts to peak, reluctantly give it to him. If you do this enough, you can probably get your parrot to play with almost any toy you buy.
Since you are probably the head of your flock so to speak, the introduction of new toys and games falls squarely on your shoulders. With a little imagination and careful thought, the methods you use will encourage curiosity and acceptance of any new toy you introduce to your bird.