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Product Overview: Java Tree Parrot PlaystandJava Tree Parrot Playstand

Places to buy from: 
Worldwide – Amazon.com
The Netherlands & Belgium – Bol.com
Material: Natural coffee tree wood
Size: 42cm long (stand) x 27cm wide (stand) x 41cm tall (tree+stand)
Weight: 2kg
Suitable for: small to medium birds
Quality vs price: 8 out of 10
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Java Tree Parrot Playstand - product review

Have you ever wondered what a Java Tree Parrot Playstand is and whether it is worth the investment? Have you considered whether your parrot will actually like it or will it just unnecessarily occupy the space in your house? Are there any advantages of having such a playstand? In this article you will find the answers to these questions and much more. I will share with you my own experience with the Java tree together with my Green Cheek Conure parrot Elvis.

 

What is Java Tree Parrot Playstand?

Java Tree Palystand is a stand that has a tree mounted on it. Depending on the size of the Java tree, the tree can be a small one (mini), medium or large. The tree on the stand is a natural tree, giving the same experience, look and feel for our pet parrots.

In the wild, the flock of parrots usually lives in the trees. The trees represent their natural environment. Therefore, the Java Tree is meant to replicate this environment in our homes.

 

Java Tree Parrot Playstand

Who is Java Tree Parrot Playstand for?

There is a Java tree for all bird sizes, as the size of the trees vary from small to large. These dimensions do not only refer to the height of the tree but also to the thickness of the tree branches, with large trees having thicker branches which are more suitable for larger bird feet.

For my Green Cheek Conure I got a small one and it is the perfect size for him. He lands on the tree when he flies around in the room, he steps from one branch to the other, he hangs off the branches and he enjoys his snacks sitting on the tree. Elvis also enjoys playing on the tree with his toys and sometimes sleeps on top of his food bowl.

 

Why buy a Java Tree Parrot Playstand?

We got our Java tree in preparation for a trip that we were planning to take. We would travel by car, with the bird, for 2 weeks. At home, he is mostly playing on the top of his Yaheetech/Prevue cage while he never plays on top of his travel cage. We needed a fun playstand for him that was flexible enough to be taken in the car. Our solution: the Java tree playstand. It served us perfectly during the trip!

However, once back from the trip our Green Cheek did not stop playing on the Java stand, he still enjoys it as he did on the first day. Currently the tree represents his corner of the room, on the table, next to me as I am working from home. He knows that if he flies on it, he will find some goodies in the bowl as well as his toys hanging on the tree. He has, therefore, all the reasons to be on his Java tree playstand.

 

Pros

It keeps the parrot healthyJava Tree Parrot Playstand

The Java tree represents a kind of parrot gym, as our feathered friends move all around it from perch to perch. This way, the branches are massaging their feet pads as they are flexing their feet joints or toe joints. Java wood is therefore one of the recommended woods when it comes to the health of our birds' feet.

It is so much fun

The Java tree represents a fun stand for our birds to be on. It just provides so many branches to go on and hang from, apart from the toys and food. Additionally, it represents the ‘bird area’ or in my case the ‘Elvis corner’, away from his cage.

Flexible

The stand can be moved anywhere in the house. For example, Elvis likes to be around me most of the day. If I know that I will be spending a few hours in a different room, I will take the Java tree with me, this way my Green Cheek is happily with me meanwhile I am able to do my work.

You can also take the stand in your car during trips or family visits. Basically everywhere we go, the Java stand comes too.

Made from natural wood

Java wood trees are mounted on the base which serves as the stand for the tree. The material used is non-productive coffee trees (which do not produce coffee beans anymore), which are naturally hard and durable. The materials used for the final product are therefore natural, recycled and earth-friendly.

Allows for various accessories

Our Java tree has two hooks attached to it which are meant to hold toys on them. Additionally, the trees usually come with at least one food bowl, which is sometimes split in two halves, either for two different types of food or one half food and the other half for water. With food and toys around no bird will get bored on this tree.

 

Cons

High price tag

Java playstands have never been cheap. However, we were still surprised to see the price tag. Small trees are sold at around EUR 100 with large ones costing up to EUR 400.

However, given the manual work and high quality wood, the tree will last for years to come. Additionally, my Green Cheek Conure is playing on it every day. Therefore, for us, the price paid was worth it.

Quite heavy

My Java tree weighs just over 2 kg. This can be too heavy if you plan on placing the stand on a weak surface, such as a flat top cage or on a box.

Each Java tree is unique

The Java trees are made from natural coffee trees, which grow in different shapes. Therefore, there will be no two identical Java trees.

This represents a risk when buying the Java tree online, as the tree in the picture might be different from the tree that you actually get.

The base does not cover the full surface of perches

The perches sometimes extend outside of the base area. Therefore, the bird’s droppings and food could fall on the edge of the stand or outside of the stand. That means (even more) cleaning for us as parronts 🙂

 

In conclusion

Java Tree Parrot Playstand is a fun accessory for your bird as well as one that maintains the feet health of your feathered friend. It will not just create a flexible playstation for your bird but it will also fit nicely into your home decor with its natural wood look. It is a great addition for your bird that will last for many years to come.

Elvis and I have also recorded our Java tree review below:

 

Purchase the similar looking Java Tree Parrot Playstand using the links below:

Prevue Pet Products Coffeawood Java Tree Minis Small Table Top Playstand

Java Mini Boom Gesneden Basis Medium

 

Let me know in the comments section below if your feather friend likes to play on his/her Java tree parrot playstand, I would love to hear from you!

 

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Founder of Best Parrot Toys

 

Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.

The links included on this website represent affiliate links. I earn commission from qualifying purchases.

Five Things to Know Before Getting a Bird

I am a happy owner of an adorable parrot who makes me smile every day and makes me want to eat him from all that cuteness that he shows me. But it is not always that I feel this way about him.

There are days when I just wish he could be quiet so I can meet my deadline at work or that he could just respect my personal space and sit nicely on his cage for at least 10 minutes.

This article is not meant to change your mind about getting a bird.

This article is about telling the truth, based on my experience, on the challenges of owning a bird. I will reveal my Five Things to Know Before Getting a Bird, in collaboration with my colorful green cheek conure Elvis.

1. Cleaning every day

I need to be honest here, birds are dirty. They would drop more than half of what they eat, they would poop in the bowl they have just eaten from and they will act all cute while doing it.

The cleaning part has been the major change in my daily routine. Before having Elvis, the next steps after deciding to go to bed would be brushing the teeth and moving towards the bedroom.

After having the bird, there is room vacuuming and cage cleaning moment every day. There is always sufficient seeds to vacuum from the floor and enough poop on the papers on the cage and in the cage that needs to be cleaned.

It is not just the area where the bird hangs out most of the day that needs thorough cleaning. It is also the parrot’s bowls of food and water that need daily cleaning. For example, if one of the bowls contained fruit or veggies chop (which is a healthy daily diet) any remains need to be removed to avoid it going bad and prevent any chance of food poisoning.

The cage itself will eventually get pooped on and food will be dropped on it. I usually clean it once every week including all the perches attached to it and the trays.

2. Having poop stations and poop alert (every 10 min)

Five Things to Know Before Getting a Bird

My green cheek conure poops every 10-15 minutes. His poops are also varying depending on what he has eaten or drank about one hour before. If he had juice, juicy fruit or veggie, his poop would also be … juicy. This kind of poop you cannot easily wipe off the couch, your shirt or any other surface that can soak it in.

On the other hand, if he had dry food like seeds or pellets, his poops would be dry and would be relatively easy to remove from any surface.

In both cases however, I don’t like my bird pooping on any surface, especially not on my clothes. For this reason, I would carry a ‘pooping station’ (i.e. piece of kitchen paper) with me or create one (i.e. put a piece of paper on the bottom of a spot where I can place my bird to poop) when he leaves his cage environment.

However, when Elvis starts to cuddle on my neck or starts falling asleep, I do not need to worry about him pooping on me, as parrots do not poop while napping or sleeping. But he poops after that, so better have that pooping station near by.

You can check the below video on my parrot’s potty training for his main, morning poop:

Important to note though is that regardless of how much preparation you make and how careful you are with your bird, accidents will still happen and your favorite shirt or expensive couch will get pooped on, sooner or later.

3. Bird-adapted clothes

Following from the point above, your clothes will quickly become ‘adapted’ to the ones of a bird owner. They will usually be distinguished by poop marks (and possibly remains) as well as hanging strings and biting holes.

Never underestimate your bird: as uninterested in biting your clothes as the bird might seem in the beginning, it will inevitably happen one day. They just love chewing on clothes.

My Elvis would bite on my clothes after he has drank water, while having a bath or just for fun.

4. Items in your house that can kill your bird

My green cheek is a very curious bird. He would walk and fly everywhere and would try to bite everything and hang from everywhere that he can get his nails into.

My parrot also loves to be around me, especially if I am cooking or eating.

However, a lot of household and beauty items that the bird comes in contact with are toxic for birds.

Our feathered friends have little and sensitive lungs, that are susceptible to the toxins in the air. Additionally, there are certain foods that are toxic for birds. Because of that, a bird friendly house needs to adopt the following:

Amazon US suggestion for bird-friendly ceramic cookware

Amazon US suggestion for bird-friendly stainless steel cookware

Amazon NL suggestion for bird-friendly ceramic cookware

Amazon NL suggestion for bird-friendly stainless steel cookware

  • Isolate yourself or the bird in a different room when planning to use deodorant, hair spray or any other sprays that the bird can inhale;
  • Isolate yourself or the bird in a different room when planning to use the hair dryer, as most hair dryers use Teflon which release (the same kind of) toxic fumes as the non-stick cookware;
  • Store away the bird poisonous foods like avocado, garlic or onion.

The list above is not exhaustive, it contains the main toxins and enemies for our parrots.

The bird is like a toddler, it needs to be watched at every step: one second he is nicely sitting next to you on his perch and the next second he is chewing on your headphones or sipping from your 80 degrees tea cup.

5. Ultimate love and cuddles combined with screams and biting

Five Things to Know Before Getting a Bird

My green cheek can be sweet, cuddly, loving while bite my finger, or nose, or lip till the blood if he perceives me as a threat.

Birds can perceive threats when petted wrongly, i.e. touched a pin that hurt, or just as a reaction to a certain object that is touched or certain noise that is made that causes the bird to become aggressive and bite.

 

In conclusion, owning a bird is a big decision and needs to be made responsibly. It is not always easy to make the commitment to take good care of the bird. But the rewards of bonding with the bird and the love that a bird displays are irreplaceable.

I hope the above Five Things to Know Before Getting a Bird have set the right expectations and exposed the hard truth but have not changed your mind regarding owning a bird.

 

For those of you who prefer video content, see below the related YouTube video, animated by Elvis:

 

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To all the Parrot Lovers,

 

Tatiana

Founder of Best Parrot Toys

 

Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.

 

 

The links included on this website represent affiliate links. I earn commission from qualifying purchases.

Dandruff in birds

Have you ever detected white flakes that fall off your bird? Does your bird have something that looks like dandruff after preening? In this short Bird Bite I will discuss dandruff in birds, where it comes from and whether there is something to worry about.

Is dandruff-looking flakes something to worry about?

Dandruff in birds

Most of the time the dandruff looking flakes are nothing to worry about. That is because they are part of our bird’s normal feathering process: they mold every year. That means that there will be new feathers growing in place of the fallen off ones.

When a new feather grows, it looks like a pin at first. The new feather is wrapped in a keratin cover (same component that our nails are made of), giving them the look of a pin.

The shell protects the feather until it’s grown out enough. That is when the bird will preen itself to remove the shell cover. When the shells are broken, meaning the keratin cover is pinched open, it leaves room for the new, soft feather to come out.

It is then that the small bits of keratin covering the pin fall off the bird, leaving the impression of bird dandruff.

How to deal with pin feathers?

Dandruff in birds

Usually the birds can preen (groom) their pins by themselves. They can easily reach the pins on their bodies, except for the ones on their head. We need to be careful when helping them with their head pins, as not all the birds like being preened by humans, nor do all humans know how to do it right (so it does not hurt the bird).

As a rule of thumb, follow your bird’s behavior when you try to get the pins and be very gentle while you get them. When your bird lets you know that it hurts, i.e. you got your finger bitten, you know you need to stay away from that area. Also, attempt to rub or gently pinch the pins that are ready. A pin is ready when the feather is already poking out of the shell.

It is sometimes better to rub the pin feathers rather than pinch them. Also, if you pull the pins or push them too hard into your parrot’s skin, it can be very painful for him/her.

Another way of helping your feathered friend with the pins is giving regular baths. Water helps soothe the pins and ease itchiness.

However...

Dandruff in birds

When there are multiple birds, they will preen each other’s heads. In that case, your bird does not need any help with the pins. However, you might still want to offer your birds head scratches, as part of your bonding moments.

I hope you enjoyed this Bird Bite. Please let me know in the comments section below if your bird likes to be helped with the pins and whether it lets you do it. I would love to hear your story!

 

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Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.

DIY Parrot Toys: Tea bag strings and paper labels

Ever wondered what would be a great idea for a DIY Parrot Toy? In this article I will reveal my idea of DIY Parrot Toys: Tea bag strings and paper labels, what you need for it and how to make it based on my experience. I will also attach a video of my little bird enjoying his new toy.

 

What is the DIY Parrot Toy made of tea bag strings and paper labels?

 

DIY Parrot Toy made of tea bag strings and paper labels is a toy that I ended up making for my Green Cheek Conure after he showed interest in my tea bag as, of course, I was making a cup of tea. Given that this behavior would repeat itself most of the times that I would have a tea bag in my hands, I decided to make my feathered friend his own toy to play with.

I should also mention here, this toy became one of his favorites. It was fun for me to make because it stimulated my creativity and innovative thinking, it is fun to play with as my conure parrot can spend hours chewing on the paper tags and catching them as they swing from the strings and it is fun to watch the bird being busy and happy with his chewing toy.

 

Why make a DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels?

 

I can definitely recommend every parrot owning household to make their own DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels because:

  • Easy to make

It only requires sufficient patience to gather all the tea bag strings with their paper labels, putting them together and the ability to tie a simple knot. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t know how to tie a knot from a few strings. I have your back! Just check the pictures below! 

  • Readily available components (given there is a tea drinker around)

All the components for the DIY toy: the strings and paper labels from the tea bags are already at hand, assuming there is somebody in the household who drinks tea from tea bags that have a string with paper labels attached to it. That means:

  • Cheap

You guessed it! This toy does not cost you anything to make. Once the appropriate tea bags are in the house, it is only a matter of repurposing tem. 

  • Sustainable

This toy gives the tea strings and paper tags a new life, apart from making your feathered friend happy. There are no new trees to be cut nor new resources to be used in order to create this toy. This means a happy parrot friend as well as a happy and healthy planet.

 

Who is the DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels for?

 

This is the perfect toy for my Green Cheek Conure for sure. I would therefore recommend it for all the small to medium birds as well. I would expect it to be a bit too small for a larger size parrot, as they would prefer big toys. However, given that it is a safe toy for all the birds, there would be no harm in trying it with a bigger parrot.

The toy is also a perfect choice for a curious parrot, who likes to sniff around and discover the environment around him/her. Additionally, if you find your bird in the need of constantly having something to chew on and grab on, this DIY toy is your solution.

 

How do you get hold of tea bag strings and paper labels?

 

To be able to make this toy you would of course need the tea bag strings and their paper labels. But where to get them from? The easiest way is if someone in your household is already a tea drinker. In this case, you just need to get hold of that person’s tea bags and store them until you have the sufficient number for the toy. Otherwise, a good tea drinking friend could be just the solution.

If none of the above is possible, you can try to improvise your own paper labels and then attach them to strings. A common source for a paper label could be the kitchen paper roll (or toilet paper roll) or other cardboard in the house (eg. cornflakes package). Then cut them is small pieces (something like the tea bag paper label), make a hole in them and attach a string to each of them. The result should be very close to mine 🙂

 

How did I make the DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels?

 

For my DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels I used approximately thirteen strings and their paper tags. Have a look below how we did it together with my Green Cheek Conure Elvis.

First I got the materials approved.

 

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After they were Elvis approved, I gathered them by the strings, with all having the same starting string point. That is because usually my strings would have different lengths (as I would cut them randomly from the tea bag). The aim is to have them starting in the same point as that is where the knot will be tied.

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Then I tied the top of the strings into a knot. Don't worry if it is not perfect.

DIY Parrot Toys: Tea bag strings and paper labels

And lastly, I got the DIY Parrot Toy tied to the cage.

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How did my Green Cheek Conure play with his DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels?

 

Now that we had fun creating the toy, it is time to let our parrot have fun playing with it and us have even more fun watching him/her playing with it. Here is how Elvis did:

 

In conclusion

 

This is a great toy for parrots. However, it has one disadvantage: it only lasted one day in my case. Even so, I will definitely make it again for my Green Cheek Conure as I enjoy making it and watching him play just as much as I enjoy my cups of tea.

 

I hope you have just as much fun with this DIY toy. Please let me know in the comments section below how it worked out for you and your bird. I would love to hear your story!

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Tatiana

Founder of Best Parrot Toys

 

Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.

 

Best Parrot Toys is now relaunched

 

After several months of work behind the scene, Best Parrot Toys is now relaunched! Apart from the new look and feel, the website now also contains a webshop

 

What has changed?

 

Compared to the old ‘version’ of the website, Best Parrot Toys now has a new structure and layout, including a new color scheme. This way, the website has obtained a new look and feel while keeping the same happy customer engagement when visiting it. 

Additionally, the website integrates a webshop. The webshop contains various products that I personally recommend: from parrot cages and parrot toys to various bird-related clothes and accessories

 

Why is Best Parrot Toys better now?

 

Best Parrot Toys now allows for an easier and user friendlier navigation while providing access to even more useful, parrot-related information.

 

Who is this relaunch for?

 

The website relaunch is for all the Best Parrot Toys visitors and customers, all the parrot lovers out there and of course everybody else eyeing the content.

 

This means…

 

Better website experience, happier visitors and a fulfilled founder

 

Feel free to leave me your comments below and share your experiences with the website, your birds or your toys and accessories.

 

To all the Parrot Lovers,

Tatiana

Founder of Best Parrot Toys

As a parrot lover, I thought I knew what it was like to own a bird because I used to have one growing up. While much of what I have learned about parrots previously was still true, my green cheek conure still managed to add to my knowledge. You wonder how a bird can teach me anything? You wonder which are the lessons I learned from my Green Cheek Conure? Let's discuss below.

1. There is so much love in such a small creature

At first glance, the green cheek conure is a small, colorful birdie that screams for things that he can’t have. How can such a bird focused on self-interest show its love?

The first sign of love that we picked up on was that he fearlessly jumped on our shoulders after only 3 days in our home (his new home). To us it showed that he is open and willing to start building trust and be close to us. As time went on he started preening us: chewing on my hair, my partner’s beard, our ears and our sweaters! As research shows, these are all signs of love. 💗

After this he started making lovely greetings screams every morning and when one of us would return home - with such screams you definitely know you were missed! I cannot even imagine entering the room in the morning and not having my loud greeting and a jump on the shoulder with his lovely tail rubbing across my face.

2. Another lesson learned from my green cheek conure: The prettiest but also the messiest family member

As responsible green cheek conure owners, we were prepared: we got him a big, strong cage to call his home. We were happy that the cage had a play area on top (where the waste would just collect on the tray) a bottom tray and seeds catchers on the bottom (to catch the other waste that falls down). Even so, now that we have him, we clean the house 7 times more a week! Meaning we have to clean every day now!

Our parrot does not seem to have a sense of saving his food. For example, he does not realise that eating something on the edge of his cage means he could drop it (which happens almost every time) and that he will not be able to eat it anymore. Sometimes he even poops in his food!

There is also a general eating pattern: somehow small pieces of food will still end up flying across the room and we will find remains of his fruit and veggies hanging in the most unexpected places throughout the house.

3. Happiness of the parrot is the responsibility of the owner

Having a parrot is a big responsibility and a big investment of your time, energy and money. The responsibility of the owner involves: ensuring that you do the right things for the bird to be happy (spend time with him, buy him lovely toys and perches), keeping him healthy (provide him with the appropriate diet) and educated (teach him the right habits).

Spending time with the bird is of big importance. Our parrot is calmer and happier when we are near him or when he is with one of us on our shoulders. When we leave the house and put him in the cage, he immediately looks upset and almost depressed. That is why, socialising time is a must for a happy and healthy bird.

An appropriate bird diet is also very important. While he came with seeds and pellets when we bought him, they need to have diets diversified beyond that. For example, they need to have fresh fruit and veggies every day, not mentioning that they also love eating them. Be careful, not every fruit or veggie is allowed for parrots, even though they would gladly taste anything on the table (including our meals).

Therefore, in general as owners, we need to make the right choices for them in order to enjoy our birds the most. That leads us to the following point: a good education!

4. Parrots can follow the household rules - if systematically reminded

I knew something needed to change when I found myself getting pooped on every morning! What also surprised me was that the size of the poop each morning was 3 times larger than his usual poop during the day. After some research I found out that it was normal and that conures do not poop overnight and the first one in the morning is huge (especially beautiful!) after building up.

Then we needed to decide how to potty train him. We decided that he would not get picked up first thing in the morning unless he pooped first (on top of his cage). He was disappointed in the beginning as he could not wait to get out of his cage and jump on our shoulders. But later on he got used to it. Now, even during the day when he wants to be picked up, he poops first and then flies over.

He also learned that he is not allowed to bite nor to be too loud. If he misbehaves, he goes into his cage and we do not pay any attention to him: his worst punishment!

5. Sharing is caring

Since owning the Green Cheek Conure, we share everything with him. We share our food (only the bird approved one), we share our space (he is normally allowed to join us in the whole house) and recently other pleasures (when we enjoy the sun at the balcony, he comes with us in his travel cage).

This makes our parrot a true part of our family and we are happy to have him around us during all our activities.

6. A joyful happiness teacher: Green Cheek Conure Elvis

As with most pets, having a parrot increases the levels of happiness and overall good mood in the house. It is a pleasant and grateful feeling to watch him play with his toys and hop around in his cage. It taught me to relax more and enjoy every day for what it brings, while having my bird on my shoulder to love and be loved.

In a nutshell - Parrots bring the household closer together

Owning a parrot is a great responsibility and at times even difficult. Even the smallest parrot requires good care just like a human baby: they need to learn everything, from stepping up to the behavior expected of them.

Every decision also needs to account for the bird. For example, you cannot go on holidays as easily as before: you need to decide whether the bird will join. If not, a good alternative care placement needs to be arranged.

However, owning a parrot fills any heart with love, even if they show their love to us for 3 minutes a day in total. His careless behavior and pure personality can make anyone fall in love with him.

I can confidently say: our life became brighter since Elvis is home. He brought us closer together: we have our own personal parrot show and noisy podcast daily, for free! 😊

 

Feel free to share with me your experience in the comments below. I would love to hear your story!

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To all the Parrot Lovers,

Tatiana

Founder of Best Parrot Toys

 

Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.

Product Overview: A10 | Yaheetech | Prevue Parrot Bird Cage

Bird Cage fully assembled

Places to buy from: 
Worldwide - Amazon.com
The Netherlands & Belgium - Bol.com
Material: Wrought Iron
Size: 46cm x 46cm x 156cm
Weight: 35kg
Suitable for: small to medium birds
Quality vs price: 9 out of 10

 

 

A10 | Yaheetech | Prevue Parrot Bird Cage, product review


One of the main purchases when owning a bird is providing it with a place it can call home. The bird cage is not just comprised of bars which your little friend sleeps in, it is also the place it will have most of its meals to eat, naps to re-energise and toys to play with. Therefore the parrot bird cage needs to be strong, practical and spacious enough. In this product review article I reveal the pro's and con's of a A10 | Yaheetech | Prevue Parrot Bird Cage, in collaboration with my Green Cheek Conure parrot Elvis.

Pro's & Con's

High Quality A10 | Yaheetech | Prevue parrot bird cage 

You'll be getting a strong, spacious and tall bird cage.

The bars are high quality which prevent chipping and do not allow the bird to break bits off.

Great features for the price 

For the price of the cage you will be getting many features. It comes with:

  • 2 Trays, 1 on top allowng for extra play space and 1 on the bottom which catches fallen seeds and other mess;
  • 2 Feeder doors which can be opened to refill the food bowls without needing to open the main cage door;
  • 4 Stainless steel feeding bowls, 2 inside the cage and 2 on top;
  • 2 Wooden perches, one inside and one (outside) on top of the cage;
  • Seeds catchers around the cage;
  • 4 bottom wheels.

  Bar space is suitable for small to medium birds

bird cage bar space
bird cage bar space

The bar space is approximately 1.6 cm (0.6 inch) which means it is safe for small to medium birds. It allows the bird's tail to stick out so he or she can bend over properly and eat the food in their bowls.

So far (after 2 months), my Green Cheek Conure has been hanging upside down in his cage, is jumping everywhere from all directions and has not got stuck in any way between the bars.

Plenty of space

The cage is very spacious. Currently I have 4 toys, 4 perches and 3 food bowls inside the cage. There is still plenty of space left for more, for example a DIY parrot toy.

My green cheek conure has also plenty of room to move around, jump from one toy to the other and flap his wings.

The height of the cage allowed us to create 3 levels (with still more possible). We have toys hanging on the highest level, food bowls on the second level and multiple perches on the third level. My parrot can jump up and down as much as he wishes.

Easy to move around the room

Due to the 4 wheels underneath, the parrot bird cage can be easily moved around the room  provided a single floor space.

For example, if my parrot wants some private time in the evenings, we just roll the cage to a quieter corner.

Less than 1 hour assembly time

The cage comes in separate pieces and you will need to follow the instructions to put it together. Here are pictures of the instructions that came with the cage:

parrot cage assembly instructions

parrot cage assembly instructions

It took us around 1 hour to figure it all out and the results last up until today. Please click the photos for a bigger size 🙂

 

There are a few disadvantages too:

Bottom bar spacing on inside of cage too large for small birds

Even though the bar spacing fits well for small to medium parrots, the bottom bar spacing on the inside space is too large for small parrot feet such as a conure. My bird's feet used to slide between the bars and hurt himself as he was trying to walk on the bottom of his cage. Sometimes he would also jump to the bottom which could hurt his feet due to the height of the cage.

To fix this issue we had to place strong paper or cardboard at the bottom of the cage to soften his landing. Now he can easily step around and jump to the bottom with confidence. However this does mean that bird seed can sometimes bounce outside of the cage.

Climbing to the top outside of the cage is difficult for small birds

parrot bird cageAfter 2 months of living in his cage, my Green Cheek Conure still has not figured out how to reach the top of his cage. He signals to us that he needs our help if he wants to get on the top of it. The reason for this is that the top tray does not have any bars for the bird to grab on to (see screenshot). Therefore our small bird always gets stuck at the top tray.

Furthermore he cannot manage to get back inside the cage through the main door when he is on top of it for the same reasons. 

We hope he will manage to figure this part out as he grows older.

In conclusion

Overall it is a strong, spaceous and practical cage. There are many aspects that I am happy about but also a few minor points that could do with improvement.

Overall Score: 9 out of 10

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Hello dear Parrot Lovers!

Since over a month I am a proud owner of a baby Green Cheek Conure that me and my partner named Elvis. He has been the focus of our attention for the past period as well as the subject of most of our conversations lately. In this blog post I want to give some updates on latest developments and adventures that our family went on 🙂

For the very first impressions and adjustments, you can revisit my previous post below:

How did I teach my Green Cheek Conure to Step up?

When we brought our green cheek conure home for the first time, he was very afraid of us and the world around him. He would indicate with his behaviour though that he liked being outside of his cage and spend time with us. He was a natural in staying on our shoulders, no training was needed there!

However, we wanted to pick him up on our fingers. That is how the step up training became a necessity.

In the beginning he was very uncomfortable with my finger around his feet. After a bit of research we found out that we can use peanut butter as a training treat. It took our parrot about a week to understand how to handle the spoon with peanut butter on it held at about 3 cm in front of his beak and my finger under his feet.

I captured the first results in a video. You can check it out below:

How did I potty train my Green Cheek Conure?

The background

Every morning Elvis is exited to be out of his cage. That is the first thing he wants to do the moment he opens his eyes. I am also more than happy to let him out of his cage every morning, as that allows me some time with him before I need to leave for work. We would have nice bonding moments every morning, until he would leave a big and ugly "present" on my shirt or on the floor.

Even though I am a big parrot lover and I enjoy each minute I spend with my bird, these situations in the morning started to become frustrating. It turns out there is a solution to it: potty training!

How it works

The green cheek conures hold their poop in for the whole night and that is how in the morning there is a big one ready to go. The solution that me and my partner have implemented is to allow him a few moments on the cage until he performs and only after that we pick him up. We try to follow this procedure on a consistent basis: every morning and also every time he has been in the cage for a longer period, we leave him on his cage first and then we play.

The results

In the beginning Elvis was a bit resistant. He was getting upset and angry on us, as he would fly to our shoulders and we would put him back on the cage (about 10-15 times). He would even misbehave by flying around us and leaving his present on the couch 🙂 This behaviour would be immediately punished by getting him back in his cage.

Now he is used to it and knows the procedure, he waits (almost) patiently until he goes and only after he flies to us.

We were very happy to have managed to teach him that and we went even a step further. We started creating pooing stations: tissues and pieces of paper that we would put next to us or on the table. Periodically we would pick him up (if he is on our shoulders or cuddling under the sweater) and simply put him on the piece of paper.

In the beginning we could read deep confusion on his face, but now it works almost 90% of the times. He knows exactly what he needs to do and he does it quickly so he can get back to his cuddling.

What does my Green Cheek Conure eat?

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that our parrot is curious about new foods and is willing to give it a try to anything to allow him to have. Apart from the usual food recommended for parrots (half of the amount pellets and the other half seeds) we spoil him with the following:

  • Bananas: He already recognises the banana the moment I have it in my hand! He totally adores it and would not allow me to go anywhere without sharing it with him. He then dives his whole beak in it and stays busy for the next few minutes;
  • Apples: This is another top item on the list of favorites. What makes apples special is that they are crunchy apart from being tasty and super healthy for birds. That means that there is a natural tendency to eat them;
  • Oranges/mandarins: These are another favorite that Elvis will not refuse. Actually the contrary, he will keep complaining until he manages to get his piece;
  • Salad leaves is another natural choice when it comes to my green cheeked. It crunches and it tastes amazing!
  • And many more like kale, boiled potatoes, peas, beans, corn, paprika, etc.

Among the veggies that were not as successful as the ones above are broccoli and carrot - he simply did not like them. We hope that in time, as he gets older, he will give those two another chance.

The first New Year's Celebration in Elvis' life

 This is the picture from this New Year's Eve. No, he did not like the fireworks, even though they were beautiful!

For the new year's celebration we decided to take a small trip and enjoy a few days away from home. Elvis consequently had to do the same, except that his enjoyment turned out to be less.

The travel cage

There is no place like home and therefore the travel cage is nothing compared to his permanent home cage. The travel one is smaller (so that Elvis can be easily transported when needed), it consequently fits fewer toys, fewer bowls with different kinds of foods and generally has less space to move around. And poor bird had to accommodate himself there for a few consecutive days!

The fireworks

On top of the cage issue there were the fireworks (quite a few of them) that were scaring him. At the end of the trip our bird was less relaxed than before it, he was getting scared by each small noise he would hear and after those few days away from home he was very happy to finally be back.

Now he is slowly recovering while still getting scared at times for loud and unexpected sounds.

One month learnings: Green Cheek Conures are the best!

It is very exciting to watch my green cheek conure growing and becoming friendlier and a full member of our family. He is now used to his environment, he eats on top of his cage and he has learned the rules of the house. He adores being under warm sheets or being cuddled with warm hands, especially after one of his daily baths. However, he is still afraid to be left alone when outside of his cage, he then cries for us or flies over.

Below is a video I took as he was warming up of my hands:

 

Feel free to share with me your experience in the comments below. I would love to hear your story!

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Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.

At the end of each calendar year it is the time to reflect on the previous year, previous achievements and past developments.

The year 2019 has been a bright year for me from many perspectives: personal, professional and emotional. New learnings and new successes came my way. I visited Australia for the first time in February, I obtained my driver's license in August, I obtained a promotion at my day job in October among others.

But most importantly: our family grew with a colorful, happy and feathered member Elvis the green cheek conure. He does not know this, but he was already my muse and motivation of www.bestparrottoys.com even before he became a member of our family. Now he is a crucial presence on our shoulders without whom nothing in the house is done. He is our best friend and loyal puffy conure. I hope he will be part of our lives in the many years to come!

In the new year there are big plans for Best Parrot Toys platform: more interesting and informative articles, product reviews and an improved general look of the website.

I hope all the readers of this blog will be blessed with unwavering heath and will be supporting me in those many years to come. I wish you all more accomplishments than you can imagine and more love and friendship than you can expect!

Have a wonderful 2020!

Tatiana

Founder of Best Parrot Toys

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The time has finally arrived! We got a handsome, colorful and most joyful green cheek conure! How exciting! His name is Elvis. He might very well be a girl, but we decided not to invest in a DNA test (this is the only way to tell in the case of most parrots). Therefore, we came home with our handsome baby boy Elvis 🙂

Before arriving at the bird shop, we already knew exactly what kind of parrot we were going to get. We had his main cage and travel cages bought, we even had his name chosen! More information on how we decided on the type of parrot and how we chose his name, you can revisit my previous article here:

https://bestparrottoys.com/green-cheek-conure-how-did-i-choose/

The green cheek conure's first night in his new home

The first night and first two days were pretty stressful and challenging. None of us (me nor my boyfriend) has had a green cheek conure before. Therefore, we did not really know how to behave with him, nor understand the best cage arrangements for him, except for the small advice we were given by the pet shop assistants. They advised us on the food to give him, on the cage to keep him in, but they could not have foreseen everything that might happen in the first period.

The first week rule

We were advised to keep him in his smaller travel cage and not allow him out of it for the first whole week. That was mainly due to the fact that our green cheek was below the weight they would normally sell him (60 grams). As a consequence, we were advised to provide him with less space to move around and to eat fattier seeds (sun flower seeds, peas, beans, corn, etc.) so he can preserve his energy and store everything to gain weight.

However, that was easier said than done. Shortly after we arrived home with him from the pet store, he became very anxious and active all around his cage. We assumed that it was maybe the first reaction to his new home, new surrounding and the absence of his fellow siblings. Therefore, we focused on arranging his cage in a way that he has easy access to everything, that he has enough nice, tasty food around him and sufficient toys to keep him busy, etc.

The first night struggle

Leaving him to sleep in the living room for the first night was quite worrying for us. We just wanted to keep an eye on him all the time and make sure that he is okay, and we wanted to make sure that as part of his anxiety he does not fall somehow in the cage and hurt himself. But waking up the following day assured us that everything was fine. He had picked the highest point on one of his toys and slept like a sweet baby (like he is) on it all night!

I have made a video of Elvis' first morning in his new home. You can check it out below:
First morning of our Green Cheek conure Elvis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ynuxn16Umk&feature=youtu.be

Daily weight check - our green cheek conure is getting fat!

Our baby Elvis was still unsettled in his small cage. He was jumping up and down, he was acting unhappy and so we have decided to move him to his big, permanent house. Once he found himself in a bigger space, filled up with all his toys, he started displaying a more calm behavior. In a few days he even started playing with his toys and allowing us to slightly touch and pet him.

It melted my heart to see how nicely he manages to play by himself in his cage and how sweet he had been to us.

As part of the advice that we were given by the pet shop assistants, we were supposed to weigh him every day to make sure that in the worst case he is not losing weight and in the optimal case he is gaining some weight. The starting point for Elvis was his first weight check in the shop when he was 54 grams. And I am proud to announce that only after 7 days in his new home he has gained 3 extra grams and has now a proud bunch of 57 grams! 🙂

First finger bites

As part of the weighing process, I had to pick him up and put him on the scale. And that part was challenging.

Given that my bird is still a baby, he does not know how to step on my finger (just yet), he does not know that I will not hurt him and he is having a hard time comprehending all the changes that have recently happened to him. Therefore, as a responsible baby parrot owner, I am trying to scare him as little as possible, to approach him as nicely as possible and to talk to him as softly as possible. But he is still scared and to him everything is threatening including my hand approaching him. That is when I realized that such a small bird can actually bite really hard!

However, I noticed that his bites became looser and looser as I was reaching to weigh him. I can proudly say that he has got used to us over the past week and does enjoy spending his time with us.

You can check the below video out for more information on the first week of Elvis in his new home!
First week of our Green Cheek conure Elvis!

https://youtu.be/NU_wujUSdlI

Exploring our living room with the bird

On day six we have finally opened his cage and allowed our baby bird to explore his surroundings. He jumped on our shoulders right away, it seemed natural to him. I can tell that sitting on our shoulders is his favourite place to be: from there he can see everything and can be part of everything that we are doing. He calmly and joyfully stays on our shoulders as we were doing the house choirs. Isn't that the most loyal friend!

Feel free to share with me your experience in the comments below. I would love to hear your story!

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To all the Parrot Lovers,

Tatiana

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Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.