We have owned a Lavendar Headed Parrot (FinschesParrot) for about 30 yrs. When we rescued him from the Border Patrol, they thought he was adolescent so we don't know his exact age, except that he is getting old. He's not been well recently & is recovering from infection. I only bring all this up because we now are in process of having to change much of his life's habits, what he eats & trying to get him to play or at least forage. We are new to your site (to any bird info) and want to get him new toys and some foraging stuff but our vet warned us about zinc covering on plastic & metal and that it is highly poisonous. That is the main reason I'm writing you. Right now we will start with a few small purchases, but we will be coming back, making things for Erkel sounds great! However, are you sure that you have no products with Zinc in or on them? It isn't usually visible to the eye or felt with fingers. Thank you for your patience, help and time! We had no idea there was a community of Parrot lovers out there that cared so much about their own & others' birds, it's wonderful.
Sincerely, Beverly Polley-Augente
A: Hi Beverly, Thank you for your question. I'm glad to hear Erkel is recovering from his infection and that you are working to change his lifestyle. In answer to your question, our bells, hardware and chain are all nickle-plated steel and are not zinc galvanized. I am not aware of any zinc coated plastics, perhaps your vet is referring to imported dog toys which have been found to contain high levels of lead and zinc in the paint. All of our plastic toy parts meet the very rigorous standards set for children's toys. Please be sure to check out our educational website AvianEnrichment.com to learn more about how to enrich Erkel's life and a very excellent resource on making foraging toys is found at ParrotEnrichment.com.