Teaching a parrot how to
play with toys
birds seem to play with toys. A possible reason for this is that the bird
doesn't know how to play.
this may seem strange, it's true. If this is the case with your bird, you
need to teach it how to play.
You can do
this by taking a variety of toys that he/she will have in the cage and show
your bird how much fun you have playing with the toy.
handle it and generally play with it in close quaters of your parrot and act as
though you're having a brilliant time. This hopefully will intrigue the
bird and spark its interest in the toy.
After a while, try handing it over to the
parrot and let it inspect the toy. If he/she shows no interest, you may want to try again or have a go
with another type of toy.
This may seem like a lot of work and a bit
silly, but it is vital that a bird is capable of entertaining itself. It is unlikely that you will constantly
be there to play with your parrot, so it must learn to play with its toys when you are not there to provide the
entertainment. A bored bird can become stressed, a feather plucker, screamer, biter or
It is also a good idea to rotate the toys in
your parrot's cage so that it does not become bored of playing with the same things. If you cannot afford
lots of different toys, even just switching the positions of the toys to provide a 'change of scenery' can brighten
your bird's day!