Parakeets (also called budgerigars or budgies) are the most popular pet birds in the world. Because these birds are small and relatively inexpensive, many people don’t realize that they have the intelligence of larger pet birds. After all, a budgie is a parrot– just a very small one!
So, in order to enrich your little but smart pet’s life, provide it only with parakeet toys that encourage active play while tapping their problem-solving skills.
Parakeets are very social animals. If possible, try to buy two parakeets at once. If you have a single parakeet, consider buying a friend for him. Even though there are many exciting and stimulating parakeet toys on the market, no toy will come close to the fun of having a friend to play with.
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What Kind of Parakeet Toys Should I Buy?
Parakeets don’t play the way cats and dogs play. You might be able to teach your parakeet to fetch a small ball, but don’t hold your breath. Parakeets love activities such as chewing, climbing, and swinging. Some parakeets like noisy toys like bells, while other parakeets like fluffy yarn toys for preening.
You’ll notice that many parakeet toys are brightly colored. Vision is the parakeet’s strongest sense. In fact, parakeets can see more colors than humans can! Parakeets see in the ultraviolet spectrum. This special vision allows them to see their friends’ feathers in special colors. If you look at a parakeet under a black light, you’ll see that her cheek patches glow! This glow is how parakeets see every day.
Another interesting fact about the ways parakeets play is their appetite for destruction. Parakeets love tearing apart paper, cardboard, or wood. Many parakeet toys are designed to be chewed up by your birds. No matter how much you pay for a parakeet toy, remember that it may end up in pieces on the cage floor. This isn’t a bad thing; it just means that your parakeets had a lot of fun!
Keep these facts in mind when you choose toys for your parakeets. Look for parakeet toys that encourage natural play such as chewing, climbing, making noise, or preening. Pick colorful toys, and don’t be surprised if the toy ends up in pieces a few days after you buy it.
You might also consider setting up a playgym or playstation outside of your parakeets’ cage. You can buy a parakeet jungle gym at a pet store or online, or you can attach a perch on the side or top of the cage. Hang or place some toys in this special outside-of-the-cage area to make “outside time” extra special.
What’s the Parakeet Toy Controversy?
If you Google 'parakeet toys,' you’ll find that many people have strong opinions about the topic. In the past, mirrors and bells were very popular parakeet toys. Today, some parakeet owners argue that if a parakeet spends too much time looking at a mirror, he’ll become obsessed with his reflection and stop playing with other toys. Bells are also controversial because very destructive birds can remove the clappers and potentially hurt themselves with the metal pieces.
In addition to the mirror and bell controversy, parakeet owners are also divided over offering hideouts or nests to their birds. There are many small tents or enclosed hideouts made from materials such as coconuts. These enclosed, nest-like spaces can encourage a female parakeet to lay eggs. If she has a male friend, then you could end up with surprise babies.
Parakeet owners also have very strong opinions about plastic toys. Some prefer all-natural toys such as sisal ropes and tree branches, while others argue that plastic toys are more colorful and offer different opportunities for play.
No matter what kind of material you choose for a parakeet toy, remember to look for products designed for parakeets, rather than for larger birds, and examine the toy to be sure it’s sturdy and high-quality.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide what kind of toys you’ll buy your parakeet. Every parakeet is different; and as you are the only one who truly knows your pet, you have a better sense of what type of toy is safe and appropriate for him.
How Should I Introduce a New Toy to My Parakeet?
Unlike cats and dogs, which will play with a new toy right away, parakeets need to be introduced to a new toy gradually. Remember that birds are prey animals; they are naturally nervous about new things. To help your parakeets enjoy their new toys, try the steps below:
1. Place the toy outside the cage.
2. Let the parakeets see you “play” with the toy.
3. Let the parakeets explore the toy when out of the cage.
4. Finally, move the toy into their cage
Your parakeets might ignore new toys for a long time. Don’t feel disappointed. It’s not uncommon for parakeets to ignore a toy for months at a time, only to suddenly “discover” it one day and make it a new favorite.
How We Reviewed
We have reviewed ten parakeet toys based on their features, pros and cons, materials used, whether the size was appropriate for parakeets, and how much parakeets enjoyed the toy, according to real buyers' reviews.
Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)
We've looked at parakeet toys ranging in price from $ to $$$.
What We Reviewed
Super Bird Creations Wind Chimes Toy
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This toy is consists of multiple colorful drinking straw sections strung on soft rope in a mop-like fashion. It’s about 13 inches long and includes a bell.
Petsvv Rope Bungee
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This two-inch diameter flexible rope perch is available in 43- and 63-inch lengths. The size of the perch and the bungee action suggests that it should be used outside of the cage. It includes a bell.
Bonka Bird Toys 1925 Cake Bird Toy
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This 6” x 4” “cake” is made of solla wood from the tapioca plant. The chewable “cake” is wrapped in real cupcake wrappers. It includes a bell.
Living World Double-Sided Mirror with Bell
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A classic budgie mirror. At 2.75” in diameter, it includes a plastic frame and hook, along with an enticing bell.
JW Pet Company Activitoys The Wave Bird Toy
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This is a unique interactive toy featuring colorful beads and mirror spinners, as well as a bell. It measures 9” x 5” x 5.2.”
AnnaEye Cage Hammock Swing
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This product includes a pack of two wood and acrylic, flexible ladders measuring up to 6.7” in length as well as an acrylic charm “necklace” toy.
Insight ActiviToys Olympia Rings
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A 12” long set of five plastic rings with a bell attached. A plastic clip attaches the toy to the cage.
Prevue Hendryx 62801 Naturals Coco Hideaway with Ladder Bird Toy
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A combo ladder and coconut-shell playhouse. The toy is 12” long and the entrance to the hideout is 41/2” wide. It’s made from natural rope and it is attached with quick links.
Super Bird Creations Mini Flying Trapeze Toy
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This seagrass platform is hung with plastic links lined with small toys. It measures 6” x 7” x 9”.
Alfie Pet by Petoga Couture – Samuel Hanging Wooden Bendable Bridge Ladder Toy for Birds
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This colorful 19.5” long all-wood ladder can be attached to the cage with wing and nut bolts.
As noted above, your birds need a variety of parakeet toys for a happy and healthy life. Every parakeet should have a mix of different toys for playtime – ladders, perches of various sizes, soft toys for preening, and chewable toys for destruction are all essential.
Our editors chose their favorite parakeet toys based on creativity and mix of textures. Unique toys that offer unusual opportunities for play rose to the top of our list. The editors also took safety concerns into consideration, as some of the toys reviewed by our team didn’t meet our standards for consistent safety. Sturdier toys were preferred over toys that felt flimsy or easily to break.
Keeping that criteria in mind, the Bonka Birds 1925 Cake stood out from the rest. The solla wood of this foraging toy is an unusual addition that we haven't found in other toys. The cupcake wrappers are a great opportunity to tear up paper, a favorite activity for parakeets. The runner-up is the Super Bird Creations Windchimes. It’s mop-like design provides parakeets with the unique sensation of moving between and under the strings, as well as offering soft rope for preening.
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