Pet birds instictively love to shred and tear things. In fact, mid-sized to large pet birds have extremely strong chewing instincts. That is why shreddable pet bird toys exist.
Why Do Pet Birds Have a Shredding Instinct?
In the wild, your pet bird would have to chew and shred wood or bark in order to build a nest. She would chew out hollows in a tree trunk to create a safe spot to rest. Her nest would be made of materials that she shredded in order to create a soft area in the hollow of the tree trunk. That behavior has not been irradicated in today’s pet birds, and pet bird owners must find a way to fulfill that instinct.
What Are Shreddable Bird Toys Made of?
Shreddable pet bird toys are typically made of wood and other shreddable, non-toxic material. Anything that can rip up or destroy is considered a good shredding toy. Basically, the purpose of a shreddable toy is to be reduced to trash. Depending on your bird’s personality, it could take weeks to destroy a shreddable toy, or it could take a day.
Many times, shreddable bird toys will also be made of materials that can be found in foraging bird toys. Materials like yard, thread, crinkle paper, and similar materials. For example, Pinata Bird Toys are a mix between shreddable toys and foraging toys, with their tough exteriors and the crinkle paper found inside and out.
What Exact Benefits Do My Birds Get from Shreddable Toys?
Shreddable bird toys not only fulfill your pet bird’s instinct to chew, but they have many other benefits. Shreddable toys help to stimulate your pet bird’s mind. These toys keep them active, which prevents them from creating any bad habits, like feather plucking or over-preening.
One reason many foraging toys and shreddable toys are combined or over-lap in similarity is due to keeping your pet bird active. This combination of toy gives your bird multiple options of play – from shredding to preening, pulling, snuggling, and even fighting.