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Enriching Your Bird!
Posted:4/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

 

It is so important to keep birds of all sizes mentally stimulated and physically active…..without proper stimulation and physical activity they can become easily bored and develop negative behaviors such as nipping, screaming and feather picking. Birds are very social creatures and require physical relationships…..so, it is common for a bird to bond to one toy that it finds particularly wonderful and you will find your buddy spending much of the time in the cage sitting close or talking with it. When choosing toys for your bird, make sure it is size appropriate and doesn’t pose a hazard while interacting.

Toys can be placed in several categories…..Foraging…chewing…..manipulative and enrichment. We recommend at least three toys that can be rotated……one being a tear up toy……one a foraging toy……and one a “beat em up” toy……Two are self-explanatory but the” beat em” up might need some explanation….We observe here at the Shoppe, as well as our with our own personal flock, toys that get extremely poor treatment….bells are rung with vigor and hanging toys that are pushed and shoved and tugged on with great gusto ….These are important because they provide an outlet for some pent up energy.

Foraging toys provide an opportunity for your pet to use their natural instinct to search for food….now, since your bud has been given ample amounts and varieties of food by you and searching for a tasty morsel or two not common behavior, foraging toys might not be met with much glee…..but keep trying, he will eventually find this toy engaging…..

Tear up toys are generally made form cardboard, soft woods such as untreated pine or balsa, woven strips of palm…..or knotted cotton ropes. The purpose of these toys is to be ripped, shredded and destroyed…..these toys have a pretty short cage life but provide and abundance of joy!

By having several types of toys available for your bird, you can rotate them about every two weeks allowing you to then clean and make any necessary repairs on the ones removed.

Now, for a little BIRD SHOPPE TRIVIA:

We are often asked about HYBRID MACAWS…..”What is a Camelot….or a Harlequin Macaw…..well here is some trivia to answer that burning question…..

SCARLET XBLUE AND GOLD = CATALINA MACAW

CATALINA X SCARLET = CAMELOT MACAW

SCARLET X GREENWING = RUBY MACAW

RUBY X RUBY = JUBILEE MACAW

BLUE AND GOLD X MILITARY = MILIGOLD MACAW

SCARLET X SEVERE = VOREN’S MACAW

BLUE AND GOLD X GREENWING = HARLEQUIN MACAW

SCARLET X MILITARY = SHAMROCK MACAW

SCARLET X BUFFON’S = VERDE’ MACAW

HYACINTH X MILITARY = MILIHY MACAW (ALWAYS STERILE)


Hope this provides some helpful information and a smile or two


anne

 

 

 

 


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