Avian enthusiasts often complain about the rate at which their birds destroy their toys and how expensive it is to constantly replace these items. A bird’s beak is designed for such destruction. In the wild, parrots spend their days foraging for food, often stripping bark from trees and cracking hard-shelled nuts. They also use their beaks to groom their feathers and to gently separate food from shells and outer skins. We should be happy when our birds tear through a wood block or peck away at a sisal rope piece. They’re behaving as happy, healthy birds should. There are, however, ways to stretch a bird toy’s life, so you’re not constantly reaching for your wallet.
**For the full article, pick up the March issue of BIRD TALK**
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