Very Rare Two sided Hard ABS Hard Plastic Parrot Treat Puzzle Foraging Toy
4" x 3 1/2' x 1" Color of disc on both sides is the same white - it is the lighting
A few scuffs but this toy was never used by parrots.
Back in the mid 1990s a company that made foraging and other intellectually creative puzzle toys for zoo animals contacted me about doing some parrot puzzle. They sent several of this one which I tested with my parrots and passed on to some friends with parrots. The toy was a hit. The small treat like a sunflower seed goes in the holes at the top of the toy. The front and back have a separate chute and disk "wheel" to access the treats which means they have to work it at least twice to get all of the treats. The parrot has to move the disk to get to the hole to get the treat. At the same time, the fact that the toy hangs means the parrot has to use eye/foot coordination to hold the toy steady while they try to access the treat. It is made of heavy plastic - I think it is ABS plastic which is very hard and can't be shattered. I wouldn't recommend it for the large cockatoos or large macaws only because they could eventually pry the disk off. However it could be replaced if another disk could be made. It is a sturdier puzzle toy than those on the market today.
As I recall the company decided not to make the toy for companion parrots since they couldn't make it for a price that most people would pay back in the 1990s before most people realized how important this type of toy was to encourage the the curiosity and intelligence of their parrots. This toy may be one of a kind at this time?
From the Parrot Art Collection of Sally Blanchard
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