Tonawanda News — I have seen and given out their enrichment many times but was not familiar with their company. I am almost positive that you have seen their toys before at any local feed store or pet store in Western New York. They have a very popular line of shredder and parrot pinata toys that have been around for awhile.
The company was founded Nov. 15, 1997. Owner David Faivus grew tired of selling Asian antiques and wanted to do something eco-friendly.
“I also wanted to create something eco-friendly, utilizing the many natural materials I encountered in my travels. Then one day, my umbrella cockatoo Sydney began chewing up the woven palm leaf ribbon I was using to wrap a gift, and just like that, Planet Pleasures was born,” he said.
The shredders consist of woven palm leaves that almost resemble Chinese finger traps, which range in color, width and length. You can wrap perches with this enrichment, adjoin it to toys to add interest or cut them into foot toys. My favorite is to tie them onto the enclosures bars for the birds to slowly remove. The pinatas, advertised specifically for featherpluckers are also made of woven palm leaves with natural fibers inside to give them a soft, squeezable quality.
Other fun toys are colorful bird bells, which contain no bells at all, but rather dyed coconut fiber, and diamond bouncers which resemble hanging jellyfish made out of diamond-shaped leaves. Other earth-friendly materials the company uses include bamboo, cuttle bone and oyster shells.
Bamboozlers, which are as fun to play with as they are to say, also come in a variety of shapes and colors. These bamboo-based creations are thick and clunky, and keep my Moluccan cockatoo and many of the macaws that I work with busy for awhile. The tag line of durability and destructibility has never been truer. Toys that do not have the ability to give a bird the satisfaction of destroying it will quickly leave the bird bored and looking for something else.
Kenny Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or search for “Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan” on Facebook.