Safety Concerns with Hanging Toys [parrot health]

Safety Concerns with Hanging Toys

[parrot health]

When we talk about health, we also include things that cause harm. Pear links that normally come with parrot toys are extremely harmful.

Parrots as we know them, are extremely smart and therefore always finding new ways to entertain themselves. One thing a lot of parrots like to do is undo the links which are used to hang toys.

The problem comes when these pear links get caught in the beak and well as the foot. 

parrot hurt because of pear link
Image courtesy of Eclectus Ark

The problem is these are just weakly made. They don't screw properly, they are too small, they stop working after a few uses. 

I use them but tighten them with pliers but still after a while, they stop working and you can't even tighten them after a few uses. So because of this, I don't recommend them to anyone.

What I do recommend 

There are a few links and other items I will recommend using instead of these. First, the most comparable recommendation will be Quick Links. 

quick links for hanging parrot toys

These are thicker, the threads don't strip, larger, and easier to tighten with PLIERS. 
No matter what. All links must be tightened with pliers and not your hands.

Plastic Links are another recommendation. I haven't used these for a really long time, just a few months. I love them. My parrots, medium-size parrots, haven't been able to open or chew them off. YAY!!!  Once again I use Pliers to tighten them when hanging toys. These are also large and big. 

Pastic link to hang parrot toys
Plastic Link

There are other ways to hang parrot toys in your cage or birdie gym. Bird parrots have stopped using links all together ad they hang the toys or bird stuff using safe stringing material. What you want to use is natural fiber rope: manila, sisal, jute, or paper rope. Just have to make sure the material doesn't use any chemicals or oils. When using rope, make sure you don't have any loose ends which can be hazardous. Cut the ends off by the knot so no rope is hanging. 

Depending on your parrot another suggestion is zip ties. You can hang parrot toys using zip ties which could work beautifully if your parrots don't chew them off.

If you happen to have two Pliers, you can use unwelded O-rings.  An o-right with a slit so you can twist it open and close completely.
unwelded o-ring for parrot toys
unwelded o-ring

I am sure there are other creative ways to hang toys. Remember that even recommendations have to be used with caution because they can also be dangerous if not used right. However, still, Pear Links are the worst and have cause many issues where the parrots needed surgery. 


Author Monika Sangar 

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