Wild birds engage in four main behaviors grooming, sleeping, social, and foraging. Foraging is the activity of searching for food. It is one of the main behaviors birds engage in the wild. Foraging behavior in pet birds is a learned behavior. Teaching pet birds this behavior and actively providing opportunities for them to participate in this natural activity is important for their overall wellbeing. Providing your bird with activities where they have to search for their food can eliminate destructive behaviors such as feather plucking. Foraging is mental and physical stimulation and is crucial for the health and happiness of your pet bird.
Engage Your Bird in Seeking
Dr. Annie Massey, DVM at the Exotic Bird Hospital in Jacksonville, FL has a passion for foraging and suggests that to have a happy and healthy bird one must engage the bird in their natural foraging behavior. Watch this video created to teach and show ways to start introducing foraging behavior for any pet bird.
“The Exotic Bird Hospital is dedicated to excellence in avian and exotic animal health care. The hospital opened its doors in 1995 with the purpose of providing full and expert veterinary services for birds. We also specialize in small mammals including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and mice” (Exotic Bird Hospital, 2013).
Teach Your Bird to Learn
Increase the value of the food. What is your birds’ favorite treat? Hide this under paper towels or a sheet of paper to entice your bird to look for it. As he/she gradually begins to search for the food introduce this search method for their daily feeding. Hang bowls at different levels in the cage and portion daily feedings out placing them in the varying bowls. Your bird will have to search for his/her food to eat. Watch the video and learn other ways to hide food.
What kind of bird do you own? How do you engage your bird in foraging behavior? Share your tips and tricks to helping your pet bird stay happy and healthy.
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