Caitecs- Foraging Box Feeder for small birds

Caitecs-  Foraging Box Feeder for small birds

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eBay Caitecs- Foraging Box Feeder for small birds   Hard plastic box that you fill with treats then cover with a food grade chipboard box (2 included) refill boxs available separtly 5 pc per pack type in store seach foraging box feeder refill   Measures 2.5 x 3 inches long without chain Here's a toy guide by super bird and added comments by OUAW Super Bird Creations bird toys are recognized by bird enthusiasts as some of the safest available on the market. They product line consists of a variety of innovative products including: bird toys, swings, rope toys, bungees, shower perches, snugglies, foraging toys and bird toy supplies to "Make Your Own Toy" kits and components. Whether you are looking for a toy for a parrotlet or a macaw we have you covered. Why Bird Toys are Important to Your Bird's Well-being As a pet in captivity, birds don’t have the opportunity to engage in the activities that they naturally would in the wild. Avian behaviorists who have spent time observing parrots in the wild have reported that playtime ranks second only to food gathering in priority. Birds have a natural craving to chew and a daily need to forage for food. In the wild, a parrot’s behavior is very active and playful. They have been observed stripping bark off trees, biting off and flinging leaves and twigs, swinging from and climbing on vines all the while chattering gleefully with the rest of the flock. Instinctively, companion birds are still very much like their wild counterparts. Playing with toys is a vital substitute for natural behaviors such as foraging, nest building and interactions with their flock... A Guide to the Selection of Safe Toys for Your Bird       Super Bird Creations has been manufacturing toys for companion birds since 1992. During this time, we have met a lot of great people, many of whom were new bird owners and were not fully aware of toy safety concerns. In writing this guide we hope to provide some valuable information that will aid bird owners in making wise and safe choices for their birds. Most toy manufacturers do adhere to high standards in the production of their toys and choice of manufacturing materials but there are also lots of potentially dangerous toys on the market. This guide reviews the most prevalent materials currently used in bird toys and some design aspects you should consider when selecting a toy for your bird.       Materials Commonly Used in Bird Toys:       Wood       Birds need to chew, wood is an excellent material to satisfy this natural urge. Birds play most often with wood toys. Wooden toys are meant to be destroyed. Some bird owners may be frustrated by the destructive nature of their parrots. However, chewing is a natural instinct and vital to birds mental and physical well-being. If you provide only acrylic toys they will often find other, more expensive ways to satisfy their chewing needs (i.e., molding, furniture). It is important to know what woods are safe for your bird. Both soft and hardwoods are commonly used in toys.       Safe Woods (not a complete list):       Pine, Balsa, Birch, Basswood, Poplar, Maple, Walnut, Ash, Apple, Elm, Cactus (Cholla) and Manzanita       Unsafe Woods (not a complete list):       Cedar, Red Cherry, Plywood. Oak If you would like a more complete list of safe-unsafe wood we can email it to you       If you like to make your own toys NEVER use pressure treated wood, it is treated with arsenic and will poison your bird. If using natural branches make sure they have not been exposed to insecticides. Also, take care to collect branches in areas removed from highways where plant life may have absorbed toxic emissions from cars. Scrub all branches with a non-toxic disinfectant (dilute chlorine bleach), rinse and dry thoroughly.       If you need to clean wood toys, don't soak them. It is best to wipe them clean with a damp cloth or sand the soiled area until clean. If your bird likes to dunk his toys beware that moisture can promote bacterial growth and the toys should either be discarded or thoroughly cleaned and dried in a low temperature oven before returning them to the bird.       Birds are able to distinguish colors therefore color makes wood toys more attractive and interesting to birds. Manufacturers usually color wood with food coloring or vegetable dyes. We don't believe in flavoring wood as the bird should not be encouraged to ingest the wood and, unless properly controlled, the fruit sugars often used provide a perfect medium for bacterial growth. Do not buy toys that have been stained or varnished to add color. If you are interested in a toy with painted parts (ie, ABC blocks) make sure that only non-toxic, child safe paints were used.       Rope Long lengths of cotton  can be fatal to your parrot we had a cockatoo almost strangled had to use scissors cut lose.       Several kinds of rope are used in bird toys. Only 100% natural fiber ropes such as cotton, hemp (jute), or sisal should be used in bird toys. Nylon blend ropes should never be used as they can result in serious injury and cuts due to the strength of the strands if the birds get caught in it. Ropes can be safe as long as they are maintained properly and the bird’s beak and nails are kept trim. There have been safety problems noted when excessive fraying occurs. Birds have choked and lost circulation to legs by getting tangled in ill maintained ropes. Rope toys have proving very beneficial in solving feather picking problems and therefore we don't like to discount rope as a viable material. Bird owners have a responsibility to check their bird's rope toys daily and to cut back or discard rope toys when they become frayed and present a hazard to their bird       Chain We recommend stainless steel if available , grade 304 same as 18/8 are also the most common. 316 is marine grade all 300 series OK. Nickel plated is most common used for toys, and is OK until the plating starts to erode or flake, put it outside and it will only last a mater of weeks!!!!!!!       Chain should have welded not open links. UN-welded chain provides sharp surfaces and narrow openings which have been known to cut toes. Make sure the links are a safe size for your bird, if toes get caught in the links the result can be broken toes or legs. Chain length is also a consideration as a long length of chain could conceivably end up wrapped around a bird’s neck during a vigorous play session. As the wood components are chewed off, a chain hazard could develop. Owners must monitor the status of toys and ensure that as they physically change safety hazards do not develop.       Fasteners We recommend stainless steel if available , grade 304 same as 18/8 are also the most common. 316 is marine grade all 300 series OK. Nickel plated is most common used for toys, and is OK until the plating starts to erode or flake, put it outside and it will only last a mater of weeks!!!!!!!       This is a crucial area of concern as good fasteners are expensive and therefore many manufacturers cut corners and use potentially unsafe items such as split key rings or dog leash type snap hooks. Birds have been cut and lost circulation to toes and tongues on toys utilizing split rings and spring type clamps. For conures or larger birds we recommend either Quick-links (also sometimes called C-clamps) or Pear links to attach toys to the bird's play area. They come in a variety of sizes and can be tightened with a wrench easily to prevent the bird from unhooking his toys. This type of fastener provides the least potential for injury. They are available in a variety of sizes and can be purchased from your local hardware store if needed to replace unsafe fasteners from existing toys.       ***Do not use split key rings, spring loaded clips or metal shower rings to fasten your toys. Small hardware pieces can be ingested accidentally. Birds have cut toes and tongues on split rings and spring type clamps.       Zinc       A lot has been mentioned recently about zinc toxicity in birds. Many bird toys are made with zinc coated (galvanized) metal components. Zinc is also commonly found in cage powder coatings. Some avian health specialists have stated that in order for zinc related health problems to result that the parrot must actually swallow the metal components and that “beaking” the parts is insufficient for toxicity to develop unless the galvanized coating is extremely brittle and flaky. If a bird spends a lot of time chewing on toy hardware (i.e., washers, quick links, wire) then it is possible they will ingest enough zinc to build up toxic levels in their systems over time. Owners who are worried about the possible health effects can often find stainless steel replacement components at their local hardware store. This option is also often much more cost effective to the consumer than buying toys constructed with stainless steel parts.       Plastics       Acrylics are used in many toys today and if sized properly to the bird are virtually indestructible. If purchasing acrylic toys we recommend the acrylic have a minimum thickness of 3/16". Recently, there has been a shift back towards wood toys because although the acrylics are durable and attractive they are also not as fun for the bird who likes to chew. We recommend that a few of your birds toys be acrylic or a blend of acrylic and wood, they will be long lasting and the bright colors used are stimulating to your bird.       When considering toys with plastic components a bird owner must consider the nature of the plastic component (i.e., soft vs. brittle) relative to the size of the bird. Brittle plastics should not be given to larger birds because when they break very sharp, cutting edges are formed and if swallowed accidentally could result in ruptured organs. Hard plastic toys specifically designed for parakeets and cockatiels should not be given to larger birds with the beak power to destroy them.       Leather       Leather is a great material for birds to safely play with and chew on. Most birds especially like to spend hours untying knots made in leather strips.       Only vegetable tanned leather should be used on bird toys. Do not buy toys with dyed leather or leather tanned with chemicals as most are toxic to birds (i.e., chromium, formaldehyde). For this reason you should also not retire old shoes, belts and pocketbooks to your birds toy chest.       Replace leather if soiled or wet. Bacteria will flourish under these conditions. Many toy companies will sell replacement leather strips.       When hanging toys strung on leather (or rope or chain), avoid leaving a long strand between the toy and the cage. Some birds when rambunctious with their toys can get the leather wrapped around their necks and strangle. It is best to tie the toy close to the bars of the cage.       Rings       When choosing toys with rings or large plastic chain links make sure that the rings are of a size that the bird can’t get his head stuck in them and choke. Also beware of toys with multiple rings looped directly together as birds have met similar fates when they have been trapped between the rings.       Bells We recommend stainless steel if available , grade 304 same as 18/8 are also the most common. 316 is marine grade all 300 series OK. Nickel plated is most common used for toys, and is OK until the plating starts to erode or flake, put it outside and it will only last a mater of weeks!!!!!!!       Birds love to make noise and bells provide a fun source for their merrymaking. If a bird is mechanically inclined and can remove the clapper the potential exists for swallowing/choking. Make sure the bell clapper can not be removed by the bird. If it is not securely fastened either remove it or weld it (we recommend silver solder). Make sure the clapper is not lead (toxic), if it is lead you will be able to dent the clapper with your fingernail. Do not buys toys that use jingle type bells, toes can become caught and cut in the wide to narrow openings, we recommend the cow or liberty bell design. Appropriately size the bell to the bird so it will be able to withstand the power of the beak.       Final Considerations       Just because the label says the product is safe doesn't mean that it's OK for your bird. Any toy has the potential to be unsafe if improperly sized to the bird. Ask your toy vendor or bird store owner for help or advice on choosing a toy appropriate for your bird.       As with kids, no toy is 100% safe for all birds. Use common sense and supervise your bird when you first give him a new toy. Observe how he interacts with the toy to determine how best to hang it and where and when to allow him to play with it (some toys are safer outside the cage).       Provide a wide variety of toys and rotate them in and out of the cage or play area. Variety will help alleviate boredom and keep your bird more alert and curious. Keep 2-3 toys minimum in the birds cage and don’t overstuff the cage so the bird doesn’t have room to move.       Don’t assume that if your bird doesn't like a toy that it won’t play with any toy. Try something different and take the time to observe what your bird finds interesting in terms of design, texture or size.       Introduce toys to baby birds but make them small…don’t intimidate them. Hand toys are some of the safest toys available and they are especially great for young birds as they help to develop hand-eye coordination.       Play with your bird…most birds think it’s great fun to chase balls across the floor or couch, play “catch” or “pick it up” with mom or dad.       This guide is by no means comprehensive but we have tried to address as many issues as possible. When in doubt, ask for help. We sincerely wish you a long, happy and healthy relationship with your bird. Currently Accepting Pay Pal payments only  If you don't have a Pay-Pal account you should start one its easy, fast, secured and growing fast on the www.( you can use your bank accounts and other major credit cards as payment sources though pay-pal) General if it is under 13 ounces the fastest and cheapest is USPS 1st Class. 1-3  pounds usually USPS Priority Mail. (3-5 days USA) Heavier Packages tend to go UPS, FedX, ect.  Additional items and combined weight discount for muli.item orders.We may refund through pay pal overpaid shipping after order is shipped.  International sales, best rates are USPS First Class International Package (up to four pounds) and are automaticlly insured by us, However you must wait over 30 days for lost package claims, We have only a 1 of 700 packages lost average,  email for shipping quote.First Class 14-30 days,  Priority Mail 7-14 days, Express Mail  5-7 days.Please pay as soon as possible, we will not ship till then!Disputes will be automaticly filed after 7 days, EBay charges Upfront sales Fees, we must file inorder to get reimbursted the Fees.Should you have changed your mind on your purchase, please contact us we can file the dispute without damage to your feedback.We are Parrot Pet owners, with over 40 parrots we shop for ourselves and for you! For years of trial and error we are committed to bringing you the best, newest and most thought out products. Sincerely Glenn (Toy shop & Internet Master)Cindy (Angel Wings Parrot Rescue (president & management)Please contact through the host email service, therefore we can keep track of question and concernsSincerely Glenn and Cindy Nichols Track Page Views WithAuctiva's FREE Counter

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