Environmental Enrichment for Your Bird

Have you ever had time to think about the difference between our pet life and nature? The wild bird spends up to 6 to 8 hours a day actively searching for food and adopting food search behavior. Unfortunately, most of our pet birds do not have this opportunity and spend less than an hour of their day searching for food and nutrition. As responsible pet owners, it is our duty to provide our feathered friends an environment that permits such activities to maintain their enthusiasm, motivation and happiness.

The first rule of thumb for pet birds is this: the larger the cage, the better. Birds in the wild have large areas to find food, compete for food and feed. However, many pet birds should live happily in a small cage with room for two food trays, or a pole or two, and perhaps a few games if there is still room. We won’t be happy to live in a room the size of our room for the rest of our lives, so why do we expect our birds to be? Since birds need space to spread their wings, a long flying cage is better than a long, narrow cage.

Traditionally, fertilization has been delivered to pet birds in the form of relatively rigid objects, such as a mirror, a swing or a ball with a bell inside. Often, these elements are unlikely to act as the bird does “in nature” and do not engage or stimulate its mind. Pet birds require more attractive, stimulating and stimulating enrichment from a few wooden blocks or a piece of plastic on a chain.

The most successful form of fertilization you can provide to your pet is the ability to “feed” or actively work to find food. Providing your plane for a daily full meal of the bird in one or two comfortably placed bowls is unnatural for someone dear to you, such as leaving him alone all day or not giving him the opportunity to fly. These three situations are the most common precursors that cause behavioral problems in pet birds. Visit Wild Life Risk to know more about animals.

With a wide range of new foraging games and enrichment ideas now available, there is no reason why we cannot provide our feathered friends with a stimulating environment to keep their little minds active. (and their beaks) busy.

Food-seeking and enrichment games don’t have to be expensive. Flowers, nuts, pods, pine cones and original tree branches make rewarding games perfect for your bird and most of them are in your garden. Cardboard rolls filled with newspapers and the preferred treatment of the bird can provide hours of entertainment. If you don’t mind messing up from time to time, pull a few pages from your old repertoire through the ceiling of the birdcage and let it tear. To create opportunities to find a bird, place several bowls of food in the cage and change the container that holds the food every few days. You can also put a bounty in a bowl and cover the bowl with paper. This will teach this bird to work for its food and help keep its mind active.