March 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
You know how I feel about stainless steel… can’t get enough of it! But with the demise of Grey Feather Toys, an old favorite of ours, it’s been difficult to find other companies that make great clangy, noisy toys with 100% stainless steel (and of course, ones that allow for customization, since we’re not big fans of plastics either). That void was filled when Avian Stainless opened up shop. Actually, I shouldn’t say that they “filled a void” left by GFT– they carved their entirely own, unique space into the market. They’re not new anymore, and I’ve mentioned them on the blog before, but I don’t think I’ve taken the chance to talk about how much I love their toys just yet. Owned by the some wonderful people behind Avian Organics, one of my most trusted brands of healthy, organic parrot food, they put the same thought into each toy as they do their food products. Like their foods, these toys are truly top of the line. Not only are they hand-crafted by a professional welder himself, but they are only made with the best quality stainless steel in totally innovative designs that put safety first. This is clear in their awesome, awesome toys.
I recently placed a small order for one toy each for Lola and Sabrina. Lucky Lola girl got this beautiful toy, the Crosswinds, with the a few custom tweaks of no plastics and full welding. This is an awesome toy. First, it’s totally fun for Lola: there are four noisy bells for her to clang and ring and bang, which she gets a kick out of, but more than that, it’s built with safety in mind. The two crossbars are welded together which are in turn welded to the upright bar.
What’s more, even the eye at the top– where a quick link can be threaded– is fully welded to the toy. For a bird like Lola who can easily ply open most o-rings, this is such a crucial detail, and it’s so great that Avian Stainless does this! Also notice the thin, cylindrical rods above each bell. These rods cover up the stainless steel chain from which each bell hangs. I love this feature, which Avian Stainless was the very first on the market to design and implement. They keep little nails or the tips of beaks from the chance of being caught in the chain, plus they add even more noisy fun. It’s so smart because some owners don’t like to use chain for safety reasons, but need something more substantial than rope, that will stand up to big beak for a long time. The addition of these rods slipped over the chain makes these toys both safe as well as built to last.
Little Sabrina got this adorable toy, the Puzzle Bell. It’s a single bell, more fit for a smaller parrot, but it has the addition of a beautifully shined and designed puzzle piece as its clapper. I have no idea how they get their puzzle pieces to shine like this! There are these really cool, pretty designs on the surface of the puzzle piece that reflect light in all different directions and truly make it sparkle. It makes a very pretty noise. Of course, the chain is also covered by Avian Stainless’s signature rods, which is important for a little one like Sabrina who tends to have long little nails that can easily get caught in things.
Like I said, I only ordered the girls one toy each… but Avian Stainless very generously included even more for us! We are very, very lucky to be one of the first recipients of the Square Dance toy as testers. (I’m posting a bit late!) Wow, I can’t say enough of this toy! It’s a big one, but it’s not so big that it overwhelms Lola. Even though the overall size is large, the bells are the same size as the ones on both the Crosswinds and the Puzzle Bell above, so it’s not too big for her to be able to play with or manipulate. But boy does it make a lot of noise! It’s a very neat, complex toy with square cross barsfor the added fun of tugging each bell on its opposing sides. There are even added washers for more noise and fun. Lola was a little nervous around it for about a day but has since warmed up to it once she realized what a racket she could make with it!
Finally, we got one last wonderful surprise, which was one of the refillable foot toy skewers that Avian Stainless was testing out a short while back. These are really, really neat: they’re stainless steel shovels with stainless steel balls at the end that can be unscrewed, turning them into skewers! They’re great foot toys for medium to larger parrots. They ultimately decided to go with non-removable balls at the ends of the skewers for safety reasons, but I was the lucky recipient of this test design, strictly for out-of-cage, supervised play only. As you can see, Lola is very suspicious of hers and is sure that it is an alien, but I’ll report back when she begins to think otherwise.
Thanks to Avian Stainless for these wonderful, high quality toys and especially for letting us test some of them out for you. We highly recommend these toys! (On a related note, as always, none of the reviews on my blog are solicited in any way nor do I receive compensation for them.)