Like food and care, activity is a vital need for your pet parrot. Your pet bird should be able to enjoy maximum opportunities to be stimulated and entertained on a daily basis. Having fun with him, using his physical and cognitive capacities, is essential for his well-being and balance. How to occupy your pet bird? Here are some tips and suggestions on this.
Staying active and stimulated: a vital need for your pet bird
There is nothing sadder than a bird locked up in its cage all day long, without any occupation or games to stimulate it. It is not enough to feed him and clean his cage every day; your feathered companion has a tremendous intelligence and ability that are just waiting to be expressed . Otherwise, the inactive and isolated bird may suffer from various behavioral disorders : confinement, pecking, etc.
Your pet bird therefore needs to sing, speak (depending on the species), climb, fly away, jump from one obstacle to another, exchange with its fellows and with you, hear interesting sounds, look for food, manipulate objects … These behaviors correspond to activities he would carry out in his natural habitat .
Interact with him
Occupying a pet bird means first of all interacting with it . You have, indeed, a superb opportunity, that to establish a privileged relation with your animal. Everyone who has or has had birds will tell you: these beings are wonders of nature. Once tamed and the confidence installed, they will reward you with one of the most beautiful companies that the animal kingdom has to offer. And this, through their acrobatics , their expressions of affection , their songs or their words .
So don’t hesitate to talk to your bird . Give him time to approach you, to climb in the palm of your hand, then on your shoulder. Play with him and show him that he is not alone.
One of the easiest games for your pet bird to keep him busy is treats to hide . He will love to flush them out and feast on them.
You can, for example, make dumplings in braided willow branches, in which you will hide millet ears . Or just hide the food behind toys and accessories.
Playful accessories to occupy the pet bird
In addition to the essential perches , which it is recommended to multiply and vary, but without cluttering the cage, there are many types of playful accessories to occupy your pet bird. It is possible to buy them commercially, but also to make them yourself from natural materials, such as wood.
These games range from swing to complex structures or playgrounds, passing through the rings , the catcher balls , the scales , the sets of strings and of wood, bells .
The mirror is also often mentioned. However, you should know that opinions are divided around this subject. The mirror can, of course, briefly occupy a pet bird, but we can think that it “tricks” it by making it believe that it has, in front of it, another individual. It is therefore best not to raise a bird alone and offer him a fellow , a partner of the opposite sex.
” Open the bird cage ! “
You know Pierre Perret’s song … Close all the exits from the room and open the cage so that your bird can benefit from more space and freedom.
Take every precaution to keep your bird safe in the room. If you have other pets, it’s best not to leave them there. Also, remove anything that is likely to represent a danger to your pet bird: electrical and / or heat-emitting devices (risk of electric shock and burns), poisonous plants, objects that can cause injury, etc.
Some perfectly tamed birds can even be released outside . They return alone or on call, if they have been trained. This point is discussed in the section below.
Teach him tricks
Birds are capable of performing very complex tricks. The numbers of the Englishman Norman Barrett and his parakeets are the perfect illustration.
You can teach your winged friend to climb on your shoulder by placing seeds or crossing obstacles , such as mini tunnels.
You can also teach him the reminder . First, teach him his name. Repeat this frequently with your pet bird every day. As soon as you notice that he reacts to his name, you can move on to learning the reminder itself. Install it on the edge of a piece of furniture, extend your hand towards it without touching it and say its name several times, encouraging it to go up on your hand. If he does, give him a seed or other treat as a reward . Otherwise, try again later. This exercise requires a lot of patienceand your bird should not be pressurized. When it begins to climb on your hand, repeat the operation by increasing the distance between you and him very slightly . Proceed gradually, until you call it from another room .