One of the best ways to boost health, happiness and interaction with your parrot, cockatoo or toucan, is to invest in a play gym. A play gym will get your pet out of his cage and expand his horizons. Hookbills are very intelligent birds, and they are curious and fast learners.
Your bird will love getting out of his cage and exploring a play gym. In addition to being fun and engaging, a play gym gets your bird out to see more of his world, learn more about his home, and spend more time closer to you.
There are play gyms on the market for every budget, or you might even try to make one of your own. They come in various sizes and shapes, some small enough for parakeets and cockatiels. With a safe, acceptable play environment, it will help your bird stay off of potentially dangerous surfaces and away from hazardous objects. Whether metal, wood or plastic, play gyms feature bird-tough design and bird-safe assembly. They are made to hold up to chewing, climbing, picking and swinging.
A play gym will give your bird the fun he craves and needs to stay mentally and physically healthy. Plus, you’ll find enjoyment watching him play.
Lorraine at the Birdwalk store in Painesville makes original grapevine birdie jungle gyms. She custom makes them specifically for the type of bird that will be using them. For the active smaller bird, she makes them with lots of fun twists and turns. For bigger birds she uses a thicker vine. Lorraine says “Birds love the space and activity of being on a play gym, as well as being able to pick at the bark and wood, satisfying their chewing tendencies.”
The slideshow accompanying this article shows several of the custom gyms Lorraine has made, as well as some standard pre-manufactured play gyms that they carry at the Birdwalk. The Birdwalk is only 35 minutes from Downtown Cleveland and is located at 549 Liberty Street in Painesville.