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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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Destructible Toys

Posted By Admin, 18 hours ago
Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2020
"Destructible toys” are meant to be chewed, shredded, crushed…and destroyed! These toys help parrots mimic natural behaviors of chewing branches, leaves, and bark. Materials best suited for destructible toys include wood, paper/cardboard, leather, and natural materials (eg: corn husk, banana leaf, seagrass, etc). #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Moving Toys

Posted By Admin, Monday, March 23, 2020
Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Some toys and perches can provide sensory enrichment in the form of motion. Examples include boings, atoms, and swings. These items can also encourage exercise. Share pictures of your feathered friends enjoying their favorite moving toy! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Sensory Enrichment: Using Metal⁠

Posted By Admin, Monday, March 16, 2020
Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Many parrots, especially the larger species, enjoy manipulating metal toys. Metal provides a new texture, which many birds like using to shape and groom their beak. Some toys, like the one shown below, not only provide sensory enrichment using different shapes and color, but also provide occupational enrichment by encouraging birds to unscrew and move items! (Don’t worry! This toy is specially designed for birds so that the nuts do not come off)  #AAVEnrichmentTip⁠
 

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Go Green!

Posted By Admin, Monday, March 9, 2020
Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle:

Many companies are turning to greener packing materials (instead of plastic and styrofoam). Some of these items can be reused to make fun foraging toys for birds. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Sensory Enrichment: Using Paper⁠

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 2, 2020
Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Paper can be used in a variety of ways to provide enrichment opportunities for birds. Paper can be used as the main focus of the toy— like the adding machine tape dispenser below—or as a filler for foraging toys. Great paper options include egg cartons, birdie bagels, paper towel rolls, crinkle shred, corrugated cardboard, and paper straws. ⁠
*Ensure any paper items have non-toxic adhesives and are bird safe.* #AAVEnrichmentTip 

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Do you know what kind of wood is safe for birds?

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 24, 2020
Updated: Monday, January 20, 2020
Most popsicle sticks and tongue depressors are made out of birch, which is considered a bird safe wood. These items can make fun additions to bird toys to provide additional texture, shape, and color. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Some birds enjoy toys that make noise!

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 17, 2020
Updated: Monday, January 20, 2020
Some birds enjoy toys that make noise. These toys provide a variety of sensory enrichment—including sound! Examples of noise-making toys include bells, stainless steel chimes, and rattles. Do your birds like to make their own music with their toys? #AAVEnrichmentTip

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What kind of foraging toys are in your home?

Posted By Elizabeth Smith, Monday, February 10, 2020
Updated: Monday, January 20, 2020

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle: Although the holiday season is often accompanied with a lot of clean up, many of the items that you may have received can be reused and turned into fun foraging toys.

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Tags:  foraging  recycle  toys 

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What reinforcer does your parrot prefer when training?

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 3, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Reinforcers for a behavior must be customized to the learner. A reinforcer that works for one parrot, may not work for another. For example, one bird may be very motivated by food rewards, such as almond slivers. However, another bird may prefer petting on the head. What reinforcer does your parrot prefer when training? #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Sensory Enrichment: Using A Coconut

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 27, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Coconut is a bird-safe, natural material that can be used in a variety of forms to provide sensory, manipulative, and nutritional enrichment. Husks can be used to hide food items, coconut fiber rope can be used to hang or attach toys, and coconut whirls can be a fun and crunchy toy addition. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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