I’ve personally never paid much attention to foot toys for my parrots. I used to and they always ended up at the bottom of the cage catching droppings more than any action. So, I just stopped getting them.
Then I learned from Captive Foraging just how important foot toys are for parrots. Among foraging-specific toys, foot toys are designed to keep your bird busy for long periods of time and are great if you’re gone more of the day (working a 9 to 5 job) as they stimulate your bird more than other types of toys do.
They also help in building your parrot’s coordination for those more awkward types (my African Grey is a prime example).
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.