At My Parrot Depot, we manufacture our toys using more durable woods than our competitors. Throughout the years, we would grow increasingly frustrated after spending good money on toys that would not last long. We occasionally resorted to all metal or hard plastic toys that quickly bored our pets. As natural born chewers who use their beaks to explore the world around them, we wanted to provide our birds a variety of materials they could chew yet last longer than toys already on the market. We do employ some softer woods such as pine, but the majority of our toys contain birch, ash, bamboo, maple, or other safe hardwood. We will be adding hickory to our designs in 2016 particularly for larger toys.
The Janka hardness scale for wood indicates the following where, the higher the number, the more dense/hard each species is:
White Pine = 380-420 (species most commonly used for bird toys as it’s inexpensive and takes color well)
Birch = 910-1260
Ash = 1320
Hard Maple = 1450
Hickory = 1820
Bubinga = 1980
As you can see, many of our toys contain woods with surface hardnesses 3-4 times greater than pine. It is important to note that harder woods will not color as well as pine, balsa, etc., and will tend to cost a bit more. However, the durability of hardwoods creates value for buyers since toys do not have to be replaced as often.
Also, most of our toys also use a wider variety of materials in a single model then other brands. This helps maintain a birds interest in the toy since multiple textures are present.
Any toy we make with an eye screw used to hang its base will also has a swivel connector. Many toys on the market using these eye screws do not place a swivel between it and the connecting pear or quick link. If the toy is not allowed to spin freely as the bird hangs & plays on it, these eye screws without a swivel will normally loosen causing premature toy deterioration.
Our models that use cordage have interim knots with terminations being double-knotted and pulled plier tight on larger models. Toys strung without interim knots will unravel leaving blocks on the bottom of a bird’s cage once the cordage is chewed through at any point.
All jingle bells connected to a split o-ring are slightly bent after assembly to ensure they don’t fall off.