Post by elysianblight on Jul 30, 2020 15:24:19 GMT
I've seen these snak shak perches (and others like it) come up in my shopping suggestions alot, and my gut instinct was no .. whatever globs the seed dust together into these branch molds can't be "natural"?
But lately on some other forums I've seen people raving about them and how much their birds love them.
I trust the people here a bit more. What do you all think? My boys like to strip bark when it's available, but other than that they don't really chew on any of their toys/mineral block/cuttlebone .. I guess this *could* be a good chewing item to keep beaks trim.
Post by tweetiepiesmom on Jul 30, 2020 15:45:04 GMT
I must confess that I had not heard of these before so I looked it up on the website. I give my guys things that are as close to "nature" as I can. They don't get those honey sticks or other things that are advertised as good treats. When I looked it up there was no list of ingredients but the description said "natural honey flavoring". Anything phrased like that is always a red flag to me because I don't know what that is - could be a chemical of some sort, maybe not harmful or could be harmful if eaten consistently over time. Since I avoid those things in my diet, I wouldn't give it to my guys. Both Tweetie Pie and Buddy like chewing the bark off their perches as well as chewing the perch. They chew on the paper ribbon that I use to tie together their grass. I think my guys have plenty of things that they do chew on so I don't feel the need to get them something like that. Just my opinion.
Trust your gut. Just another way that someone has devised to try to get you to spend your hard-earned money on your pets. I also try to prove things in the most natural way I'm able. If your boys like stripping bark, why not go foraging for pieces of dropped bark? You have to get the thickness right, though. Too thick and they can't be bothered, too thin and your fancy little bark toy is a pile of tiny pieces in no time. You can string them up on a thin leather strip or more simply, peg to the side of the cage. Wash first in the same way that you would a branch for a perch.
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.