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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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Just 5 Minutes Per Day

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 18, 2019

Positive reinforcement training may seem overwhelming for your pet bird, but this training can be started with just 5 minute sessions per day. That’s the length of a television commercial! Take that time to teach your bird a new trick or vocalization. AAVEnrichmentTip

 

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The Cage is the Bedroom

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Remember: The cage is the bedroom for a pet parrot, not his or her house! Time outside of the cage is essential to provide enrichment and exercise. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Vocalization

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 21, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

 

Parrots spend 2-5% of their time in the wild vocalizing. Although sometimes this behavior can be undesirable in captivity, vocalizing is important to maintain flock cohesion, to greet other birds, and as a warning alarm. Instead of loud screams, try training your bird to make a whistle or chirp to perform the same behavioral functions at home. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Rope Perches

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 14, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rope perches provide a new texture in the cage and come in a variety of colors and shapes. It is important to inspect these perches daily for any loose strings and to trim these strings to prevent constriction around digits or limbs. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Positive Reinforcement Training is Not Just for Parrots!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Did you know that positive reinforcement training is not limited to parrot species? Chickens, penguins, ratites (like ostriches), crows, and more avian species can all be trained using this behavioral training technique. Share your bird training stories, pictures, and videos below in the comments!

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Prevention of Behavioral Vices

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2019

 

Enrichment can help prevent the development of behavioral vices and reduce the occurrence of these vices by satisfying the pet’s physical and psychological needs.  Examples of behavioral vices in birds can include feather destructive behavior and toe tapping. It is essential to discuss these behaviors with your avian veterinarian and to perform a full diagnostic work-up to rule out medical causes of these symptoms first! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Preening

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2019

Parrot species spend 20-66% of their time in the wild grooming. This includes self-grooming and allopreening (grooming other birds). Does your bird like to have pin feathers groomed?

 

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Assessing Undesirable Behaviors

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 9, 2019

Even in captivity, birds retain natural behaviors to survive and succeed in the wild. This can lead to difficulty coping in captivity as normal behaviors are expressed in an abnormal setting. Whenever addressing an undesirable behavior, it is important to determine the function of that behavior for the pet so that it can be replaced with a desirable behavior to achieve the same goal. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Target Training

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Target training is a type of positive reinforcement training where an animal is asked to touch an item (the target) in order to receive a reinforcer (eg: a treat, being pet, or verbal praise).  A sound, such as that produced by a clicker or a “click” with the mouth, is used as soon as the bird touches the target before the treat is given. Using this type of training, birds can be taught important behaviors such as walking into a travel carrier and fun behaviors like spinning in a circle.

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Exotic Pet Products For Birds Too

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sometimes products marketed for other exotic pets can be used safely in birds. Some examples include seagrass mats, loofah/luffa sponge slices, and timothy hay tunnels sold for rabbits and guinea pigs. Always research any new products first to ensure safety! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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