|Young Black-headed Caique chewing Bottlebrush|
In the wild though finding food and water is more of a challenge. Birds may have to travel long distances, deal with droughts, watch for predators, fight for somewhere to nest, care for young and much more. Life for a wild parrot really isn't easy and poses many challenges. So what do we to stimulate our birds in captivity?
There are many ways of satisfying that need to be stimulated. These include housing birds in flock situations, providing branches and bark for chewing as well as toys and hiding food around the aviary etc. The following are just a couple of ideas that may help to stimulate your birds. They are easy to make and give the birds plenty to do.
|Nut Poles are easy to make|
The nut pole is cheap and easy to make. This is just a branch from a non toxic tree, that can be cut to any size, that has a number of holes drilled it it. These holes can be filled with nuts, flowers and other food items for the birds to remove. Once hung in the aviary the birds love to go to work removing their treats from the nut pole.
|Foraging Bowls are ideal for countless species|
Foraging bowl's are easy to make and can be easily adjusted to suit the species. They can be filled with a range of items that can be collected from around the garden/neighborhood. This includes non toxic seed pods, flowers, chew wood, leaves and much more. Added to this if one wishes food items can be hidden such as seeds or even live foods such as mealworms.
|This foraging bowl contains many items such as shell grit and charcoal|
|Left over wood is perfect for birds like this Green-winged Macaw|
When cutting branches for perches or making nest boxes out of non toxic wood, any off cuts can be kept and used later. They can be thrown into the aviary for the birds to chew, placed in nest boxes for a hen working the nest or even threaded onto wire. Below is a combination of left over wood chunks combined with seed pods and leather that have been threaded onto wire.
|This toy is easy to make and provides hours of fun.|
As can be seen from the above there are many items that can be used to stimulate our birds. Many of these are simple and cheap to make and for those that are time poor there are many outlets that supply quality foraging toys for our parrots.