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.
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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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Toy chest: Does your bird have a toy chest in his or her cage? This is a great area where birds can find foot toys to play with (and where owners can place used but not yet destroyed toy parts). A stainless steel bucket, cardboard bottle holder, cardboard box, or baffle cage can be used as a toy chest in your bird’s cage.
Food enrichment: Nuts or other treats can be hidden in baffle cages and stainless steel bird cage toys to encourage foraging. Stuff the cage with a shredded paper, wood toys, other other non-edible items to make foraging more challenging.
Chicken enrichment: Similar to parrots, chickens can also benefit from sensory enrichment in the form of music and noise! Try hanging an old toy xylophone for your hens and let the symphony begin. Does your flock enjoy listening to or making music?
The weather is getting warmer which means our pet birds can join us outside for a little fresh air and sunshine! Bringing a bird outside can provide tons of enrichment due to a variety of new sights and sounds. However, it is important to take safety precautions to ensure your pet is safe. Birds should be secured in a travel carrier, aviary, or harness to prevent loss; supervised to ensure safety from predators; and provided shade and water at all times to prevent overheating. #AAVEnrichmentTip
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Monday, June 29, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Chicken enrichment: Need a quick and easy food enrichment item for your backyard chicken flock? Hang a head of lettuce from the top of the run for the birds to peck at and snack on. The lettuce becomes a fully edible piñata! What other food items do you hang for your flock? #AAVEnrichmentTip
Chicken enrichment: Mirrors can provide comfort and enrichment to chickens, especially birds in smaller flocks. Mirrors provide a form of sensory and environmental enrichment. Do you have any chickens that enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror?
Visit the AAV.org Bird Owner Resources page for our recently added Foraging for Parrots handout. This printable offers ideas for successfully introducing foraging at home, ideas for DIY foraging toys, and tips for success.
Chicken enrichment: Encourage preening in your backyard flock by offering a bathing area. Unlike our pet parrots and songbirds that enjoy bathing in water, chickens prefer a dust bath. Dust baths provide enrichment, help keep feathers in top condition, and help reduce the occurrence of ectoparasites on your birds. How have you created a dust bath for your flock? #AAVEnrichmentTip
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