You can let parrots play with baby toys due to the regulations in place to keep babies safe. However, toys made from vulnerable materials should be avoided as parrots have powerful beaks that can tear them apart.
Parrots can play with baby toys made from wood, metal, paper, and fabric. Plastic baby toys, unless made from acrylic, aren’t parrot-safe. Also, soft, rubber-like toys should be avoided as they can be torn and swallowed. Even thicker plastic, like PVC, can lead to chemical poisoning or shards being accidentally swallowed.
Parrots need toys to entertain themselves, stay physically active, and keep their minds sharp. You can put baby toys, such as blocks, chains, beads, xylophones, and reflective toys, in your parrot’s cage. Of course, you should always supervise playtime, immediately removing or replacing any worn, shredded, or otherwise damaged toys.
Do Parrots Like Baby Toys?
The benefits of baby toys for parrots are that they’re:
- Colorful, which parrots will curiously investigate
- Soft around the edges, so your parrot won’t cut or injure itself
- Hard to swallow, in the event of choking
- Parts that clack together, piquing a parrot’s interest
- Soft and cuddly, which some parrots find comforting
Adult parrots will love these traits, but baby parrots enjoy them even more.
According to the American Federation of Aviculture, chicks like soft, stuffed animal toys. This mimics the feeling of cuddling up to their parents, invoking a feeling of safety and comfort.
Toys aid the development of young parrots as they’ll pretend to fight with a toy. They’ll thrust and parry, lunge back and forth, and pull or push at the toy.
These play fights provide them with:
- Practice in gauging their bites
- Dexterity and agility
- Enrichment and engagement
Can You Use Baby Toys For Parrots?
Depending on the material, baby toys are safe for parrots to play with.
Adults will engage with the toys by:
- Chewing on them
- Throwing them around the cage, then retrieving them
- Pulling at the toys with their claws
- Knocking the toys against objects
- Holding the toys in their mouths as they bob and dance
- Poking and prodding at toys to see what sounds they make
- Rubbing their beaks on toys
- Hanging from the toys if they’re attached to a surface
Best Toys For Parrots
When choosing baby toys for parrots, these options will be the safest:
Most toys that are made of natural fiber are safe options.
If your parrot ingests the wood, it can be digested without harm. Small fragments won’t upset your parrot’s stomach, and the rough grain will sharpen your parrot’s beak.
Wooden baby toys include:
- Sticks or pegs
Ensure that the toys aren’t smaller than your parrot’s mouth. Ideally, they should be as big as the parrot’s head. This keeps your parrot from swallowing them whole.
Avoid wood that’s fragranced, cedar, or pine. The wood should be untreated or colored with vegetable-based dyes.
You can play with your parrot using:
- Stack up blocks
- Ring fetch
- Chains to tug on
- Dance figurines
Baby toys crafted from cardboard are ideal for parrots. These include paper dolls, small blocks, or colored chains. Your pet parrot will enjoy the crinkling sounds and ripping and tearing the material.
Baby toy beads are large and thick, so your parrot won’t swallow them. They may come in square or rounded shapes and be colored brightly. They’re on rings or strung along on thick strings.
Ensure that the string or rope is made of 100% natural fiber. Good choices include:
- Hemp (jute)
If your parrot bites through it, accidentally ingesting a few stray pieces won’t be harmful. Avoid using nylon-blend ropes. Their strands are strong and might result in injury or cuts if the parrot gets caught in them.
The beads should be too large to fit completely in your parrot’s mouth. They should also be tightly packed onto the string, so your parrot is less likely to break it. If those criteria are met, your parrot will enjoy:
- Chewing on the beads
- Pulling at the string of them
- Tapping them against other objects
- Hanging from them if the toy is attached to the side of its cage
Shiny And Colorful Toys
Shiny and colorful toys with a reflective surface provide a lot of fun for your parrot.
Since they’re bright and eye-catching, your parrot will investigate. It may peck at the toy, prefer it over other toys, or check out the movement of its reflection.
Avoid anything with glitter as it can enter the digestive tract or eyes.
Stay away from toys with speakers or loud recordings, as this will startle your parrot. However, those with bells, trinkets, or baubles that clack together will intrigue parrots.
Good examples include:
- Rings of beads with bells on either end
- Rings with 2-3 trinkets attached which clang together when shaken
- Hollow metal sticks with a ball in the center, which rolls from side to side when picked up
Your parrot will entertain itself endlessly by shaking, nudging, or poking at the toys.
If you want to get creative, you can introduce the parrot to a baby-safe xylophone. Tap on the keys to produce a sound and watch your parrot mimic the behavior. By keeping it inside your parrot’s cage, it may even amuse itself with music.
Some parrots enjoy playing with stuffed animals, baby parrots (chicks) most of all. You can choose a small fabric toy that your parrot can play-fight, pull at, and snuggle against.
Adult parrots will chew through the fabric more easily. As long as it’s natural material without dye, this won’t harm them. Even still, avoid letting your parrot destroy its toy and ingest any of the material.
Once compromised, replace it with a new stuffed toy. Ingesting too much fabric can lead to impaction. Parrots love to play with baby toys. As long as you choose the right materials and supervise playtime, it’ll be fine.
Modern baby toys are parrot-safe because they must comply with various state-wide regulations and laws before being sold to the public.
Perform some additional checks before giving them to your parrot to play with. Also, look for any signs of wear and tear after usage to avoid a potential choking hazard.