Bird Toys: How to Choose Wood for Bird Toys
How To Choose The Right Wood Bird Toys
All sized parrots love to chew and destroy bird toys, especially wood bird toys! Parrots have a need to chew. Wood bird toys satisfy the gnawing, chomping need that parrots have, exercising the jaws and comforting the bird. Parrots have a physical and emotional need to chew wood.
It is important to know your woods when picking out bird toys. Like all bird toys, wood bird toys come in different sizes, with wood densities recommended by parrot size. A small parrot needs smaller, softer wood types in order to gain the physical and emotional benefits of wood bird toys. Likewise, large parrots with more powerful jaws will benefit from larger individual wood pieces made from denser woods.
Please purchase wood bird toy parts from reputable manufacturers and experienced bird supply stores, such as BirdSupplies.com Even bird safe woods that have been made for products other than bird toys may have been treated with wood preservatives or chemicals. Furniture manufacturers often sell seconds on auction type sites.If you are making your own bird toys, remember that NOT ALL WOODS ARE BIRD SAFE. Avoid Cedar, Red Cherry, Plywood. Oak and especially pressure treated woods.
Safe Woods for Bird Toys (not a complete list):
|Wood||Density||Bird Size Toy Application|
|Pine||52-53||Relatively softer wood, especially when cut across the grain. Makes great medium sized bird toys.|
|Balsa||7-9||Extremely soft wood that is excellent for small bird toys.|
|Birch||42 +/-||Moderately soft wood for small to medium bird toys|
|Basswood||20-37||Moderately soft wood that is excellent for small to medium bird toys.|
|Poplar||22-31||Moderately soft wood that is excellent for small to medium bird toys.|
|Maple||39-47||Moderately soft wood that is excellent for medium to larger bird toys.|
|Walnut||40-43||Moderately soft wood that is excellent for medium to larger bird toys.|
|Ash||33-53||Moderately soft wood that is excellent for small to larger bird toys.|
|Apple||41-52||Moderately soft wood that is excellent for medium to larger bird toys.|
|Elm||35-50||Moderately soft wood that is excellent for small to larger bird toys.|
|Cactus (cholla)||Very soft bird wood with cavities that make good small bird toys, bird perches|
|Manzanita||Very hardwood best for very large bird toys and bird perches|