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Choosing Bird Swings and Ropes

Choosing bird swings and ropes is as important as choosing bird toys. They can help supply your bird with entertainment, comfort and exercise.

The most important consideration when choosing swings and ropes for your birds is safety. Thus, it is important to know your bird, keeping in mind its environment, physical characteristics and habits.

When considering swings and ropes, consider size, material, and construction. Since ropes come in many sizes and materials, you should pay attention to things like fraying, as this can be a danger to your feathered friend, as strands can be swallowed, causing internal problems. There is also the possibility of feathers, feet and even necks caught in loose strands.

Many bird swings and ropes provide dual purposes, such as providing something for your bird to gnaw on. But keep in mind which materials are safe for your bird. Woods materials, such as Apple, Arbutus, Ash, Aspen, Beech, Birch, Cactus, Cottonwood, Crabapple, Dogwood, Elm, Fir, Hawthorn, Larch, Manzanita, Pine, Poplar, and Willow are safe, while Oak is not.

Any metal parts should be zinc and lead free, and should not have any pieces that can be swallowed or that your bird can trap any of its parts in.

There are also space considerations, as it is important that your bird can enjoy its swings and ropes in comfort. You do not want your swings and ropes to be an undesirable obstacle - your bird should be able to swing, hang, or perch without hindrances.

As with any other items you acquire for your feathered friend, when choosing bird swings and ropes, the key is to do your homework. Your veterinarian, local pet store employees, other bird owners, and the internet are excellent sources.

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