You don’t have to spend a lot of money to come up with ways to keep your pet parrot busy. Here is an idea for a parrot enrichment toy (a foraging activity for your parrot) that you can easily make at home.
The ‘101 Things To Do With A Box’ game is a really fun clicker training game to just encourage a love of learning in your dog or other pet. It also is great practice for you in watching for those teachable, reinforceable behaviors from your pet.
What I love about clicker training is that it is all about empowering animals to make brilliant decisions (at least by our standards) by teaching them exactly what behavior will earn them a valued reinforcer. Initially the animal learns
Another parrot enrichment idea. I cut up an old t-shirt and put some crushed sunflower seeds and pellets in the middle. Then tie it ‘very’ tightly together and hang in their cages. The guys love them. NOTE: for safety, if you do this, use thick rope (I use hemp) and make the note so tight that a head can’t get through if the material falls out
I was looking at Barnaby’s cage the other day and it occurred to me, there are some ‘toys’ in there that he hasn’t touched. He definitely looked like a little, mischievous guy who needed more to do with his time. So I refilled the adding machine paper roll
(a Hyde Park Living column written a number of years ago when my dear Chester was still with us)
In the days before Barnaby joined our flock, there was just Chester, Dreyfuss and me living together in a large two