starlings are curious, mischievous birds who love to pry and fling most
any item we can grab, especially if it is something our owner doesn't want us
to have. Keeping us supplied with safe playthings in our cages and in our own
areas of the house makes us happier and stimulates our clever minds. Don't forget
that a busy beak is a happy beak!
- Plastic milk
carton rings to fling.
- Plastic straws
to shake and stomp.
- A small cardboard
box or shoebox to play hide-and-seek in.
- Small plastic
balls to kick and roll.
- A remote control
with lots of buttons to pry.
and wads of paper to rip.
is a great favorite!)
- An empty thread
spool to roll on the floor.
- A Reader's
Digest or other magazine to read and tear.
- A long tail
feather from your cockatiel sibling's last molt.
- A few small
budgie toys stolen from the budgies in your house.
- A set of plastic
child-safe baby rattler. (Stormy
has a stuffed teddy bear rattler
that is too cute!)
- A piece or two
of junk mail to destroy for your folks.
money, if you can steal it from
your dad. (The $20 bills are Stormy's
favorite to rip!)
cat toys such as little balls, cloth
mice, etc. (Make sure your mom buys
new cat toys for you. Don't play
with the ones your cats chew on.)
Toys with parts that come off easily.
or any objects small enough for
a starling to carry around and swallow.
(This includes jewelry such as earrings!)
or items that a starling can get
its head or foot stuck in.
Anything containing small lead or
with small jingle bells (Jingle
bells can trap small birdie toes!)
bands of any size.
(Even an unlit cigarette can be
a danger, as a starling can tear
it apart and may swallow some of
with fabric that is easily frayed,
leaving strings that can be pulled
off and swallowed by a starling.
Strings or thread. -- Strings or
thread can wind tightly around a
starling's foot or leg, little toenails
can get hung in string, and some
birds will swallow string. (Stormy
once swallowed several inches of
string, resulting in a trip to to
the avian vet. Be warned!)
about hair: Check to make sure
that your starling has NO access
to human hair! Hair makes a dangerous
toy, as it can wind tightly around
a starling's tongue or around a
toe, cutting off circulation or
causing other severe problems.
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to make the best choices for the diet,
safety, health, care and wellbeing
of his or her own starling.
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