Toys for Lories
Because these birds are active and easily entertained, providing sufficient and appropriate toys is rather simple. To a lory, pretty much anything & everything is a toy. There are certainly some necessary precautions when obtaining or making toys for your lory. If youíre using any items that have ropes or fibers, monitor the condition constantly. The fraying areas can become dangerous as the fibers can get wrapped around a toe, foot or neck. Consider the size and open spaces of the potential toy. Would they be of a size where a lory can get its head or foot stuck?
To start with, lories enjoy loose objects on the bottom of their cages. These can be plastic balls, sections cut from a cardboard paper towel tube, little whiffle balls with bells, plastic containers and tops, even plastic key rings from the infant section of the supermarket. Another favorite floor toy is a small plastic bottle, preferably with a screw on top, filled with beads or something that makes noise and rattles when moved. Noise, and lots of it, is essential to the well being of any lory.
Next, there must be hanging toys fastened to the top of the cage. Most lories enjoy swings. You can obtain an actual bird swing with a wooden, PVC or concrete perching area or you can fashion your own using a little imagination. Again, use caution if you are using rope as it can easily become frayed. While lories donít have the destructive chewing habits that other psittacines have, they do enjoy some softer wooden items and they will demolish them. A great toy that combines amusement with nutrition are the kabobs or skewers you can attach large pieces of food to and hang from the cage. These are available in most pet stores who stock bird toys and supplies, but be sure to get the stainless steel ones. Because lories enjoy the challenge of dismantling things, rawhide knots can be another source of amusement. You must also be careful about the fastening hardware you use to attach the toy to the cage. Lories love a challenge and will enjoy undoing and removing things so ensure that the hardware is not likely to cause injury.