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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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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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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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Where does your bird hang out at home?

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 20, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

There are a variety of perches and stands available to allow birds in the home to spend more time out of their cage. This change of scenery can provide social and sensory enrichment. Examples include java trees, window perches, shower perches, and play stands. Where is your bird’s favorite place to hang out in your home? #AAVEnrichmentTip


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Toys Provide Opportunities for Parrots

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 13, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Toys provide opportunities for parrots in the home to perform natural behaviors, such as manipulating items, chewing, and foraging. Toys also provide birds with an opportunity to make choices, exercise, and solve problems. As with other species, toys are an essential part of your bird’s care. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Different Types of Toys

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2020

Different types of toys can be offered as a form of manipulative enrichment. This is enrichment where the pet has a choice whether or not to participate and use the item. Examples include puzzle toys, hanging toys, and foot toys. Which type of toy does your feathered friend prefer?

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Is Flight Right for Your Pet Bird?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Flight can offer a great form of exercise, however consult your avian veterinarian about the pros and cons of maintaining a flighted pet bird. When deciding whether or not to keep your bird flighted, consider any safety concerns in the home such as open doors, large windows, and ceiling fans. #AAVEnrichmentTip

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Foot Toys

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 9, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Foot toys are smaller toys that can be manipulated on their own. To make these items even more enriching, try hiding them inside other objects like boxes and paper bags. When birds are foraging, the end goal does not always have to be food. Toys are also a great reward! #AAVEnrichmentTip

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