While 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
The 7 Best Budgie Toys – Reviews 2020
1. Super Bird Creations Flying Trapeze Bird Toy – Best Overall
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.
2. JW Pet Activitoy Birdie Disco Ball Toy – Best Value
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.
3. Penn-Plax Bird Activity Toy – Premium Choice
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.
4. 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.
5. Prevue Pet Naturals Coco Hideaway Bird Toy
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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
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.
Do you like making your own wooden toys for your bird? Some things to remember:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
Check out our reviews on bird cages:
Featured Image: Kiril Matanov, Shutterstock