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Welcome to the AAV Enrichment Tip Blog! There are 5 types of enrichment that can be provided to your pet bird. These include 1) sensory, 2) nutritional, 3) manipulative, 4) environmental, and 5) behavioral. Think about each category when putting together your pet’s living space! Follow #AAVEnrichmentTip posts on AAV's social media sites or subscribe to this blog for weekly posts.


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Natural Behaviors: Security in Flocks

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 19, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Natural behaviors: Security is important to parrots, which is why they live in flocks. The flock provides a sense of security when flying, feeding, and preening. In captivity, our parrots look to other avian housemates and human housemates for this same security. It is important to arrange their living quarters in a way that provides security and to monitor body language for signs of a fearful reaction so that it can be avoided in the future.

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Ducks and Socialization

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 12, 2020
Updated: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Ducks are very social and should be housed with other ducks when possible. If one of your ducks needs to be separated, try maintaining visual contact with the other ducks, offering a mirror, or playing a recording of the other ducks’ sounds to provide enrichment. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Natural Behaviors: Encourage Chewing!

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 5, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Natural behaviors: Encourage chewing! Parrots have beaks and tongues designed for chewing and fine manipulation. In the wild, parrots strip bark, chew through trees to make nests, explore their environmental surroundings, and open food with their beaks. It is important to offer a variety of options to chew for our pet parrots to keep their brains stimulated and beaks in good condition. Providing proper outlets for chewing can also help prevent your pet from chewing items in the house that aren’t safe or that shouldn’t be chewed! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Chicken Enrichment: Treat Dispenser

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 28, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Chicken enrichment: Encourage foraging for food by placing part of the normal diet or a handful of treats (such as mealworms or vegetables) in treat dispensing hard plastic or rubber balls marketed for dogs, cats, or chickens. Your chickens will receive mental stimulation and physical exercise as they roll the treat ball around and peck at the slowly dispensed food items. Need a less expensive option? Fill a plastic whiffle ball with treats and shredded paper. #AAVEnrichmentTip

Tags:  #chickens  #chickens nutritional 

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Leafy Greens

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 21, 2020

Food enrichment: Leafy greens can be clipped to the side of the cage or woven between the cage bars to encourage climbing, shredding, and foraging, as well as a healthy snack for pet birds! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Chicken Enrichment: Swings

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Chicken enrichment: Just like our parrots that enjoy moving perches such as boings, atoms, and swings, chickens also enjoy sensory enrichment with swings! Commercial chicken swings can be purchased from a variety of sellers or can be homemade using bird-safe woods. Show us your flock enjoying moving perches below! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Telephone Directories

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 31, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Telephone directories make great shreddable toys for parrots. Phone books are usually printed with soy-based ink and bound with vegetable-based adhesives, making them a safe toy option for birds that like to tear! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Chicken Enrichment: Which enrichment options work well for chicks?

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 24, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Chicken enrichment: You might be wondering which enrichment options will work well for chicks. Chicks enjoy many of the same enrichment options as their adult counterparts, including dust baths and mirrors. Swinging perches can help build muscles and provide mental enrichment. In addition, small foot toys for parrots or toys for kittens (like rattles and balls) may also be enriching to chicks. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Jump-Start Reinforcers

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Behaviors have natural long-term reinforcers. Examples include social interaction and sensory stimulus. However, to teach a new behavior, contrived short-term reinforcers can also be introduced. These are sometimes referred to as “jump-start reinforcers.” These can include verbal praise, food rewards, and petting. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Chicken Enrichment: Natural Behavior Encouragement

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Chicken enrichment: Encourage natural behaviors of scratching and foraging by hiding food items and treats under leaf litter, brush, and sticks in the run of your chicken enclosure. While foraging outside of the run may be safe for some flocks, this may not be possible depending on your area due to predators and local regulations.  However, items can be brought inside the run to make foraging more challenging for your backyard flock! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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