Dangerous Bird Toys

It saddens me on a daily basis to receive phone calls from someone that has had a bird seriously injured or killed by a toy they provided for them. I am going to provide a list here of the ones that continue to come in view of my “radar” in hopes of preventing this tragedy from happening to you.

At the very top of my list (#1) is the infamous rope toy!!

If I had a dollar for every horrific story I have heard pertaining to an incident with a rope toy – I would be a very wealthy man. It is not my intent to attack the manufactures of these items, but rather to make you aware that these toys…..no matter how cute and enticing…….can result in the death of your pet. When the bird plays with these toys and they unravel – the strands can become entangled – usually with a deadly grip around their body parts and often other objects resulting in a noose that will kill your pet. The worst offender is the nylon ropes which unlike the cotton ropes, can result in deadly consequences. The nylon strands can become intertwined around limbs causing amputation or strangulation and if ingested – do not dissolve – ultimately resulting in death.

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  1. Erica
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi Daniel and family! I’m a subscriber to your youtube channel and love reading all your info and blogs about your birds on your website. One day I hope to purchase a bird from you. When I do I will only buy from you. I would like to see on your website about cage requirements . What brand or kind of cage you prefer and what not to buy! I know certain birds require more room than others. I would also like to know do you only cage your birds at night or when unattended ? I loved the video on the do it yourself perches and the cone treats! Have a beautiful day! Thanks Erica

    • Teresa Walthers
      Posted October 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink


      Thanks so much for visiting our new blog. Your kind words warm our hearts. I’m anxious for you to get a baby as you’ll be so happy :-). People pay way too much for cages these days. There’s a wonderful one on EBay that I’ll get the link for and put it on the Blog. It’s around $300 including shipping and it’s a quality cage. We recommend caging the birds whenever they are not attended. Those little ones can get in a lot of trouble and it’s just not worth chancing it. Thanks again and you helped us to have a beautiful day. Thanks and we’ll be in touch.

  2. margaret rhea
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    hi this is margaret rhea igot the yellow nape who i named pookie i love him very much even thougt he hasnt said any thing yet he is starting to make loud noises when i run sweeper he is very sweet gets along well with my blue front rocky is a little leary since pookie is so much bigger but they do preen each other do u have any ideas of how to get him to start talking he may still beto youngthank u hope to hear from u

    • Posted October 13, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Hi Margaret, So nice to hear from you :-). I’m guessing that you allow the nape and the blue fronted to be together quite often – is that true? Does “Rocky” talk much? I’m guessing no. It’s normal that they get loud when they hear the vacuum – a lot of our birds do that. I think it excites them. I’m concerned that Pookie is bonding (with the preening and all) more with Rocky than with you. If I were you, I’d keep them in different rooms and I’ll bet he’d be a better pet (even though he is sweet already) with you and he’d talk more. At least limit the time they spend together. With as little as I learned in your comment yesterday, I’m guessing that the two are bonding. If Rocky talked, the Nape would certainly be talking too. Just humor me and try to house them in separate rooms and you be Pookie’s friend. Talk to him a lot and just see if he starts talking back. Some people will turn on TVs and tape records so they hear a lot of talking that encourages them to talk. They’ll pick up phrases of repetition. Bear in mind that parrots learn to talk their entire live.

      • margaret rhea
        Posted November 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

        i will try what u suggest and see what happens thank u i hope it works

  3. Cindy Parfet
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Dear Walthers Family,

    I stumbled upon your wonderful blog/videos/website while perusing parrot videos on YouTube. I wish I would’ve happened upon your site sooner (before my macaw had taken several “chunks” outta me!) but better late than never, right? I plan on purchasing your parrot behavior training video as soon as I am employed again (hopefully soon!). We have 3 birds: SI Eclectus male, Red-Sided Eclectus female, and a Miligold Macaw. We just love all of our parrots, but the problem child is the macaw, “Commando”. He’s a rescue from the Humane Society, and we’ve had him for 6 years, making him 13 now. Sometimes he is just sooo unpredictable, but he can be very sweet and loving, too. I just want to find out what the missing link is to obtaining a happy medium. Google “Commando miligold macaw” and you’ll see him…he was Pet of the Day a few years back 😉 Looking forward to apply your wise advice soon, and I can’t wait to be able to share that mutual trust to its fullest. We can do a lot with him, and he seems happy, but there’s a whole lotta room for improvement!

    P.S. I just love how involved your whole family is. Everyone seems to have that same gentle demeanor around the birds. All the children are brilliant avian handlers/caretakers and have obviously learned from the best! Gotta go now…I’m downstairs and Commando is upstairs, yelling “MOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!”, so gotta go get him and give him his promised shower. 😉


    Cindy (and Commando)

  4. Lois Schwerdtfeger
    Posted October 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    my vet told me to never feed rawhide to my dogs because rawhide swells and they choke. so we don’t use it with birds either.

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