7 Best Budgie Toys 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Last Updated: October 9, 2020

budgie playing with toyWhile many pet owners have a dog or a cat, others have found the immense happiness that comes from having a pet bird. These little featured bundles of happiness sing and talk and generally give you joy every day.

If you have a pet bird, you know how much joy they can bring to you and your family. Like all pets, they love getting new toys. If you are in the market for a new toy for your budgie, we have reviewed some of the top budgie toys below to help you find the perfect one.

A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Super Bird Creations Flying Trapeze Bird Toy Super Bird Creations Flying Trapeze Bird Toy
  • Lots of fun features
  • Encourages foraging and exploration
  • Easy setup
  • Best Value
    Second place
    JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Disco Ball Toy JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Disco Ball Toy
  • Relieves boredom of being in cage
  • Engages your bird’s motor skills
  • Shiny surface for extra stimulation
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Penn-Plax Bird Activity Toy Penn-Plax Bird Activity Toy
  • Gives your bird entertainment and exercise
  • Easy to put together
  • Encourages activity
  • Planet Pleasures Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy Planet Pleasures Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy
  • Handmade of natural materials
  • Has places to hide treats
  • Great for relieving boredom
  • Prevue Pet Naturals Coco Hideaway Bird Toy Prevue Pet Naturals Coco Hideaway Bird Toy
  • Handmade of eco-friendly natural materials
  • Encourages beak and foot exercise
  • Encourages them to play for hours
  • The 7 Best Budgie Toys – Reviews 2020

    1. Super Bird Creations Flying Trapeze Bird Toy – Best Overall

    Super Bird Creations Flying Trapeze Bird Toy

    We can’t believe how much our bird loves this Super Bird Creations Flying Trapeze Bird Toy. Everything from its colorful links to the toys suspended from the top to the soft netting makes it our bird’s favorite toy. Because it has so many attractions, she never gets bored and spends hours playing on it.

    Our top pick helps with developing balance and coordination skills and encourages a lot of exploration and foraging skills. It’s also very simple to set up, so your bird doesn’t have to wait a long time to get playing with their new toy.

    Pros
    • Colorful
    • Fun
    • Lots of fun features
    • Encourages foraging and exploration
    • Easy setup
    • Helps develop balance and coordination
    Cons
    • A bit pricey

    2. JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Disco Ball Toy – Best Value

    JW Pet Activitoy disco ball

    There are so many things that our bird loves about the JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Disco Ball Toy that it’s hard to name them all. If you’re a bird owner like us, you know how much birds love shiny things. That’s why, when you are looking for the best budgie toys for the money, this is the one we suggest. The disco ball has a shiny surface to it that is sure to delight your bird and keep her entertained for hours. That, combined with its bell, makes it a fun and interactive toy that she is sure to love. Not only that, but it has a price tag that makes it an affordable yet fun toy that your bird is going to play with for hours.

    The thing that keeps it out of being in the top spot is that it doesn’t have as many features.

    Pros
    • Fun and interactive toy with bell and disco ball
    • Plastic hanger makes it easy to wrap it securely on cage
    • Relieves boredom of being in cage
    • Engages your bird’s motor skills
    • Has a shiny surface for extra stimulation
    • Has an affordable price
    Cons
    • Not too many features

    3. Penn-Plax Bird Activity Toy – Premium Choice

    Penn-Plax Birds Wood Playpen

    We’re always looking for new toys for our bird, and when we saw the Penn-Plax Bird Activity Toy, we knew that we had to get it for Gracie. We ordered it immediately and couldn’t wait until it came in the mail. The day it came, it set-up in just minutes and she immediately started exploring it.

    We placed it on the floor next to a mirror so that she can look at herself while she’s exploring the perches, swings ladders, and playing with the toys. We also love that the ropes are 100% cotton, so they are safe for her. It’s also really easy to clean, so it’s an all-around great toy.

    The only disadvantage that may discourage other owners is that it’s a bit pricey.

    Pros
    • Gives your bird entertainment and exercise
    • Easy to put together
    • Encourages activity
    • Ropes are 100% cotton
    • Has lots of perches, swings, acrylic toys, copper bells and ladders
    • Helps your bird be happy and less bored
    Cons
    • Is a bit pricey

    4. Planet Pleasures Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy

    Planet Pleasures Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy

    One of the things that our bird loves to do is forage, so we were so happy when we found the Planet Pleasures Pineapple Foraging Bird Toy. This adorable toy is made from high-quality, all-natural materials, which we absolutely love!

    Before we hung this colorful toy in his cage, we hid some of his favorite treats in the spaces. We watched him play with it for hours, and when we went to bed, he was still at it!  We also found out that the company that makes these sells ethical toys, so that makes us as happy as the toy makes him.

    Pros
    • Handmade of natural materials
    • Has places to hide treats
    • Great for relieving boredom
    • Can help condition bird’s beak
    • Affordably priced
    Cons
    • Some owners said that their birds weren’t interested

    5. Prevue Pet Naturals Coco Hideaway Bird Toy

    Prevue Pet Products Naturals Coco

     

    We’ve been looking for something new to get our budgie, and the Prevue Pet Naturals Coco Hideaway Bird Toy caught my eye.  When it came in the mail, we weren’t sure how she’d respond to it, but she loved it. Once it was hung in her cage, she spent hours exploring and going in and out of the little house.

    We love how rugged it is and how easy it was to connect to her cage. We know a lot of bird owners, so we’re going to recommend this to them as well.

    Pros
    • Handmade of eco-friendly natural materials
    • Gives birds a rich, textured, rugged landscape
    • Encourages them to play for hours
    • Made from a coconut shell, Hevea branches and sisal rope
    • Encourages beak and foot exercise
    • Connects easily
    Cons
    • May vary in size – supervise while using
    • A bit pricey

    6. JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Basketball Toy

    JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Basketball Toy

    if you’re like us, you’re always looking for new fun toys that you can get for your bird without stretching the budget too far. That’s why this JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Basketball Toy is one we are happy to recommend. This adorable toy gives your bird exercise and stimulation.

    With a backboard that has a reflective surface and the cute little basketball, he’s going to have hours of fun playing his own version of basketball. Birds love the toys that have a task to complete and moving parts, and this toy has both of those covered. It will give him hours of physical and mental stimulation.

    Pros
    • Comes with ball attached to the hoop using a chain
    • Great for birds like parakeets and cockatiels
    • Gives your bird healthy exercise, stimulation and entertainment
    • Easy to attach to their cage
    • Key Benefits
    Cons
    • Some owners say the ball comes off easily

    7. Bonka Bird Toys Foraging Star Bird Toy

    Bonka Bird Toys Foraging Star Bird Toy

    Like any other type of pet, our birds love getting new toys. This colorful Bonka Bird Toys Foraging Star Bird Toy is one of the toys that we have found and loved.

    The toy is stuffed full of crinkly paper, and then that is surrounded by fun stars made of wood. This toy is going to keep your bird busy for hours on end with chewing and foraging. He’s going to love exploring the different textures of paper, vine and wood and finding treats that you hide inside.

    It measures 6 x 6 inches and is easy to set up, so you can quickly put it into your bird’s cage. It’s made of safe materials, so you don’t have to worry about giving it to your bird.

    Pros
    • Colorful and fun
    • Made of bird-safe material
    • Offers different textures
    • Easy to set up
    Cons
    • May be a bit pricey for some

    Buyer’s Guide

    Now that we have shared our top seven bird toys for budgies with you, we’re going to go over some of the things that you should keep in mind when you’re looking for bird toys. These tips will help to keep your bird safe and happy playing with the toys that are just right for them.

    Materials Commonly Used in Bird Toys

    Wood

    Birds are chewers, and wood’s a great material for satisfying this urge. But there are some types of wood that are safe for birds and some that aren’t safe.

    Safe Types of Wood for Birds:
    • Apple
    • Ash
    • Balsa
    • Elm
    • Maple
    • Pine
    • Poplar
    • Walnut
    Unsafe Types of Wood
    • Cedar
    • Oak
    • Plywood
    • Red cherry

    Do you like making your own wooden toys for your bird? Some things to remember:

    • Don’t use pressure-treated wood since it contains arsenic and will poison your bird
    • Ensure any branches used don’t have insecticide exposure
    • Scrub branches using diluted chlorine bleach, then rinse them and dry them thoroughly.

    When cleaning your toys, don’t soak them. Simply wipe them using a dampened cloth. You also can sand the dirty area off until it’s clean. If your bird’s a dunker, know that this can promote the growth of bacteria. Therefore, you want to make sure they’re cleaned thoroughly and then dried at low heat in the oven before you give them back to your bird. They can also be discarded.

    Rope

    When you are looking for rope toys, make sure you’re only buying toys made of natural fibers like cotton, sisal or hemp. You should never buy a rope of nylon since they can cause cuts and serious because of how strong strands are if your bird becomes wrapped up in it. Keep your bird’s nails and beak trim and keep an eye on the rope. Otherwise, when the rope frays, your bird can lose circulation and choke. Check the rope each day and replace or cut back the toys that have become frayed.

    Chain

    When you are buying a toy with chain on it, make sure that the chain’s welded rather than open links. The chains that aren’t welded provide narrow openings and sharp surfaces that can cut your bird’s toes. Ensure the links are a size that’s safe for your bird. If your bird’s toes become caught, their leg or toes could break.

    You also want to check the length of the chain, since long chains can wrap around the neck of your bird when they’re playing. As your bird is chewing the wood parts off, the chain could become dangerous. Make sure that you’re checking your bird’s chains each day and that they’re still safe.

    Penn-Plax Bird Activity Toy-FI
    Image: Chewy

    Fasteners

    When you are fastening a toy to your bird’s cage, make sure that you are using the right type of fasteners. You should never use a spring-loaded clip, a metal shower ring, or a split key ring for attaching toys. These can cause your bird to cut their toe or tongue.

    Plastics

    A lot of toys use acrylic, and if they’re the right size for your bird, these toys last a long time. If you’re buying an acrylic toy, it’s a good idea to be at least 3/16” thick. A lot of toys are made of wood because even though acrylics are attractive and durable, they aren’t the best for birds who love chewing. It’s a good idea to have a few toys that are a wood/acrylic blend or acrylic solely. This will give them a durable toy that is bright and colorful.

    Leather

    Leather’s a wonderful material for your bird to play with safely and to chew on. Birds particularly will enjoy untying the knots in a strip of leather. If you are looking for leather toys, only buy leather that is vegetable tanned. Avoid chemically tanned leather or dyed leather, since they’re usually toxic to your bird. This means that you should not make toys out of your old purse, shoes or belts for your bird.

    When you are hanging up a toy that’s strung on a piece of leather, or even chain or rope, don’t leave a lengthy strand in between the cage and the toy. If your bird becomes overexuberant this may wrap around their neck and strangle them. To avoid this, tie it close to the cage’s bars.

    Rings

    When you choose a toy with large chain links made of plastic or rings, make sure the rings are big enough that his head can’t become stuck and he chokes. You also want to be careful with buying toys with multiple rings that are linked together directly. These can also choke your bird because their head becomes trapped in between those rings.

    Bells

    Bells are a favorite toy of birds because they make noise. However, they can also be dangerous if your bird’s smart and they can remove the bell’s clapper. If the bird swallows it, he could choke. Make sure the clapper of the bell can’t be removed by your bird. If it’s not fastened securely, use silver solder to weld it or remove the clapper. Also, make sure that it’s not made of lead. If it’s made of lead, you’ll have no trouble denting it using your fingernail.

    Avoid buying toys with the jingle bells, since your bird’s toes can get caught and then cut in those openings. It’s best to choose the bells that are similar to cowbells. Also, make sure that you are choosing the right sized bell for your bird.

    divider-birdConclusion

    We hope that you have found our reviews and guide helpful and that we have answered the questions you might have about bird toys. You love your bird and you want to keep him or her safe. Use the tips that we have provided here to find the right toys for your bird and ensure they have a long, happy life. 

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