Changes in the Product Lines of Foraging Toys

We were recently interviewed for a pet magazine article with some interesting questions. We thought you’d enjoy our answers

1. Have you seen any noticeable changes in the product lines of bird foraging toys/ foraging treats in the past five years or so? Are more companies expanding into the foraging marketplace (bird companies that didn’t previously offer them)?

Yes, we have seen a larger offering of Foraging Toys on the market due to bird researchers and bird owners learning that parrots need more mental stimulation in order to prevent boredom, plucking, and self-mutilation due to long hours of being left to their own devices.

The days of a simple bell on a chain and a set of Olympic Rings are long gone.


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Seeking Foraging Bird Toys

 Didn’t you tell me that you are low on “parrot foraging” toys”?. My son decided to make a couple of simple foraging toys for Danny.
Foraging toy is a vague term 
It is a bird toy that can be used to hold toys, treats, or just become torn up.
A lot of toys for parrots for years were made so they could not be destroyed like a chain with hard beads or a heavy bell, big plastic rings, etc, they lasted forever but were boring.

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Getting Your Bird Play With Bird Toys

How many times do you get a new toy for your bird, stick it in the birdcage close the door, and then go and work on your computer or watch television? 
Then you wonder why your bird chewed your television remote or the wire to your mouse. Introducing a new bird toy into your bird’s cage is no guarantee that he or she will engage it. To complicate this people will introduce new items into the birdcage when they get home from work as the sun is going down. 
The problem with introducing new items in the birdcages around sundown is the shadows that can be thrown which may scare the birds or the birds may become phobic over these new items.


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Volkman Bird Seed Mixes Contain Over 50 Essential Vitamins, Minerals, and Amino Acids Bonded to Pre-hulled Seeds

About the Volkman Bird Seed Company
Volkman birdseed mixes contain over 50 essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids bonded to pre-hulled seeds

In continuous business since 1863, Volkman Seed Company is one of America’s oldest and most respected pet food firms.

Ideally located in California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley, one of the world’s most fertile agricultural regions for premium-quality fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and seeds. We manufacture a broad line-up of bird and small animal diets.

Still a family-owned business, we pride ourselves on high-end, reasonably-priced products.

We have no need to satisfy short-term demands from stockholders, nor do we pay inflated salaries to a board of directors.

New products are contingent only on good ideas and our policies are predicated on doing the right thing for all concerned. 


We are continuously working to improve our current product line.


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