Good question. I would boil them to get the sea minerals off but I'm just wondering if they are a little too hard for them *beak damage, etc*. I have a bunch and was thinking of making a toy with them but I'm still not sure...Hopefully someone will come along that knows better.
When I was doing my research, I called four credible vets in my area (Northern NJ) In fact, two of the vets are who I used and totally trusted them with my dogs and cats well-beings (i am unfortunately down to one pooch); and all four told me about this shop.
I was so pleased when I first went in. It is immacualate and it is all about the birds. The place really seems to care. I was really nervous when I just brought Pucca & Peaches home and I must have called them between 10 to 12 times. It was not a problem. They were very patient with all of my questions. And continue to be.
But I do have to say this forum is a big help. I was telling them about it. I wanted to get the wings clipped and the feet checked. I just feel better having someone else look. THey heard of this site.
Well, I checked my local petstore and they have alot of toys with shell so I don't think it's really an issue once they are boiled. The petstore employee might have told u know so u don't start making ur own toys...and not buy any.
some shell grits contain tiny spiralled shells which they crunch up...
i have lots of fishtanks and i have seashells to help keep the tanks from going acid and for fish to hide in... my tiel Cinnamaroll likes to throw the smaller ones around... but her favourite toys are 'wish bubbles' kinda flattened coloured marbles! she likes to throw them at people, one day i was sitting on the couch with my head resting on my arms on my knees, and Cinn threw a 'wish bubble' and it landed perfectly in the tiny section of butt-crack it was sooo cold and i jumped high!
Cinn looked like she was laughing inside!