From Budgies to Scarlet Macaws, parrots must be provided with interesting environments if they are to remain healthy, and their owners sane (bored parrots may scream, pluck their feathers, etc.). Indeed, behavioral enrichment (basically, “keeping animals busy”) is now mandated for parrots by most reputable zoos. Thousands of useful ideas and products help to serve this cause, but few have gone as far as a parrot computer game first conceived at New York’s Binghamton University. Read More »
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Parrots, be they Budgies, Cockatiels, Lovebirds or Macaws, must be kept busy and challenged by their environments if they are to become well-adjusted pets. One of the best ways to tempt them to explore and try new activities is via a tasty reward. Several of our new products offer exciting possibilities in this area, and lots of fun for you and your pet as well.
Few parrots can resist the urge to “improve” a potential nesting hole – the Snak Shak Bird House is all the more attractive as it is comprised of honey and alfalfa. Available in 2 sizes, the Snak Shak will interest all small to medium sized parrots and may even help to spur real nesting behavior.
Our edible perches are available in straight and vine-like styles. As the perches are consumed, they change size and shape, causing the parrot to engage in a variety of acrobatics in order to both remain on the perch and eat it at the same time – great fun!<!–more–>
Designed along the lines of similar items used in zoos, Enrichment Pods are more in the nature of “enrichment activities” than toys, although they certainly will entertain you and your pet. All are re-fillable and suited for Budgies, Cockatiels, Lovebirds and similarly-sized pets.
The Hide-and-Go-Treat and Forage Frenzy challenge parrots to find and then figure out how to remove favorite treats while the Polly Puzzler requires birds to match wooden blocks or treats to the properly-shaped hole.
Planet Pleasures Ecologically-Friendly Toys
Our Fair Trade manufactured Planet Pleasures Toys are made of palm leaf, coconut shell, bamboo, oyster shell and other durable, natural materials. Constructed so as to provide an interesting, complex surface, they will keep your parrots busy for hours. The Coco Rocket is designed for especially enthusiastic chewers, but the Bamboo Man, Birdie Bouquet and Hula Skirt can all stand up to a great deal of abuse.
Please see Behavioral Enrichment for Parrots for more thoughts on this important topic.
Parrots that are accustomed to working for treats on a regular basis are easier to train than bored birds. Check out this amusing Cockatoo video and see what’s possible.