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Warning! Warning! Warning!

I've just rescued my little budgie Skye from a shredding toy I gave her for Christmas. The toy can be found in this link http://www.myparrotshop.com/hanging-.../prod_803.html

Skye lives in my office, where I spend a great deal of my time, and I was working away at my computer, conscious of her playing in her cage, when all at once she started to screech like she was in pain. I quickly turned around and here she was hanging upside down, with one foot, and one wing tangled in the threads of the toy, and even worse, the threads were tangled around her throat from struggling; she was in a bad way.

I jumped up and grabbed her to try and untangled her and she started to bite me out of fear. I called out to my wife for a pair of scissors as I didn't want to let her go, and then cut her free and untangled all the threads of the toy from around her throat, leg and wing.

She's OK now, although we both got one hell of a fright. The offending toy is now in the rubbish bin, along with the other two I had in other cages, (I bought three altogether). I've just emailed to company I bought them from and told them what had happened, and suggested that they withdraw this particular toy from sale.

I'm going to post this on Talk Budgies and Talk Cockatiels in the hope that another bird does not have a similar experience. I'm more than happy for anyone to repeat this warning anywhere they think it might do some good.

Cheers,

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I'm glad to read that your little Skye is ok. I also don't buy those little wicker balls b\c my linnie got her toes stuck in it once. Now I really look at toys to try to figure out, the best I can, if there is any way a toe can get stuck.
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Yikes! Luckily you were right there when it happened! So glad she's ok.

I must say, that toy just looks dangerous to me. Way too many opportunities for injury or worse. I hope the vendor takes your advice and withdraws it.
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I only give my budgies rolled up (and unread) magazines and dry yucca to chew. I have found that anything else (chains, bells, ladders, etc) is too dangerous for them.
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I am so glad she is ok. How scary.

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Hi John, thanks so much for the warning!
I'm happy to hear that Skye didn't get hurt.

All toys with long fringes are dangerous, also those made of cotton or rope.
I cut all fringes short before I give the toy to my linnies.
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Thanks for posting! It's really a shame so many toys on the market are labeled as bird safe but aren't.
Glad your little Skye is okay!
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Hi John, thanks so much for the warning!
I'm happy to hear that Skye didn't get hurt.

All toys with long fringes are dangerous, also those made of cotton or rope.
I cut all fringes short before I give the toy to my linnies.
Don't worry, I'll be doing that from now on too, in fact that's one of my jobs for today.

I ended up having to take her to the vet. Once I eventually settled her down I found a strand of that toy wound tightly around her neck area. It wasn't choking her, but it was causing her immense discomfort.
It was so tight that I wasn't confident enough to try and cut it with scissors for fear of hurting her even more, so I took her to our vet, who is an avian vet. She managed to cut it off with a very small pair of scissors.

After getting her home she was very quiet for several hours before her bedtime, which is not like her as she loves to play, but she's back to her old self this morning, so I'd say she was suffering from shock.

Thanks everyone for your concern.

Cheers,

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Good to hear Skye had you close by for the rescue. My 3 yr old Levi had a triangle hut to sleep in from day one. Recently he got his toe stuck in the cloth loop the links go into right in front of me. A good thing my husband was in the other room Levi was fighting to get free it took two of us to get him lose. I also have shoestrings tied around the wire cage tiny loop connecting one side to the other because Levi also got a nail stuck in there as well. I do get their nails trimmed regularly but it seems I can never be too careful.

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So glad to hear she's okay after all of that! Unfortunately, most toys can be dangerous

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Thank you for posting and so glad Skye is ok

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I just thought I'd let you all know that this situation has now had a reasonably satisfactory conclusion. After a few emails back and forth to the manufacturer and supplier of the birds nest toy regarding my concern about the design of the toy I recieved this email from them.

Hi John,

The method we use to form the paper into a bunch for tying can be refined. We will
1) Start with a bigger bunch
2) force the paper strips into a more parallel alignment (this is essentially done with finger combing)
3) once folded over and tied we can cut the ends shorter (this will get rid of all the loops we have combed to the ends) and in a fan shape (this shaping encourages the paper to stay disentangled – like layering in a haircut)

This will minimise tangles present and hopefully reduce the hazards of this toy.

We will write more on the entanglement dangers of shredding toys on our website, however we do believe the toy remains suitable for small birds and the warning we have written for it is enough. Your bird wasn’t irreversibly poisoned or maimed, it got stuck and frightened but you were supervising the bird and thus you were there to deal with the problem when it occurred. Absolutely no toy can be 100% safe, and entanglement is one of the inherent dangers of virtually all shredding toys, much like getting stuck in a brambly bush is an inherent danger to wild birds going about their daily business. We have produced nearly 200 of these toys since mid 2011 and yours is the only bird that we are aware of to have gotten tangled in it so far. At least now you know a little more about your bird’s playing style and can make more knowledgeable decisions about what is safest for your bird specifically.

For future reference if you’re hesitant to use the scissors a little bit of water will get paper off very quickly. We have sent through a refund via your Credit Card for the toys as well as a contribution towards your vet bill as a good will gesture.


Kind regards,

Caroline Greville
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My Parrot Shop
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How scary! So glad that you were able to rescue your little one. Like Caroline said above, any toy can have potential for danger. Knowing your bird's behavior with toys is key. Budgies, in particular, can really get themselves into a quandary with with toys, cotton perches, etc. We've had a similar incident with a Budgie once with a cotton rope perch, and were able to save her from any harm. It's also important to check your Budgie's toenails regularly.

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This situation has now made me realise that there are toys that are unsuitable for some birds, and much depends on the birds nature. What might be suitable for a placid budgie, if there is such a bird, may not be suitable for my particular budgie, who is boisterous, extremely inquisitive, adventurous, and loves to play.

So from now on I'll be putting much more thought into just what toys I purchase or make.

Cheers,

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I do put allot of thought in a toy before I buy it for that reason. My Levi got a toe stuck in the small metal cage loop holding the sides of the cage together. I could not believe it!! I have all those connections wrapped with shoelaces to cover up those tiny spaces. Makes me always on guard.

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The toy description tells you that supervision is needed with small birds I think requesting it be removed was a little extreme. It's not like it didn't come with a warning.
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The toy description tells you that supervision is needed with small birds I think requesting it be removed was a little extreme. It's not like it didn't come with a warning.
Tori,

The warning was placed there AFTER the event, there was no warning prior to the event, in fact the only statement about the toy prior to the event was that is suitable for small birds.

It does pay to get your facts straight before commenting.
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Warning on these cheap Oriental hanging toy with rope imports, after being alerted by my Cockatiel owning neighbour. His cockatiel chewed minute pieces of the rope, eventually filling its gullet, with a 'teardrop' shaped, stomach blocker.. Couldn't take in any food and needed to be surgically chest opened by the vet to remove the material..Passing on the message, as soon as I heard!
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I'm sorry you had to deal with this, that's so scary! Definitely good to look over toys before you purchase them as well as to inspect them every single day for loose threads or broken pieces, etc.
Thank you for passing on the warning.



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Man-made toys are full of dangers to little birds...
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