Captive Foraging discourages plucking! Get the Captive Foraging DVD
Captive Foraging is so important for your bird! Parrots need to keep busy and active for good mental and physical health. Many of the behavior problems birds have are related to boredom. In the wild they spend 80% of their day foraging for food. In a cage, they do not have to work for their calories and spend only seconds getting to the food dish, and the rest of their time wondering what to do.
Foraging gives your bird something productive to do and fills a need that is programed into them before they hatch. These foraging tools will help pluckers and feather destructors find something else to do that they just might enjoy more.
Check out the items below and also follow the link to more foraging toys for your parrot. Let us know what works for your bird!
Captive Foraging DVD
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We are proud to announce the release of an innovative DVD that is destined to change the way caretakers view their captive birds. Based on the model of the natural foraging instinct of all animals, author and videographer Dr. Scott Echols introduces the concept of including a foraging tree in a bird's enclosure for environmental enrichment. The 30-minute video describes how a foraging tree can potentially reduce the incidence of unwanted behaviors in captive birds. Also included are step-by-step directions on how to use a foraging tree as well as safe foraging toys for birds. A separate Special Feature details scientific information about the bird species included in the program.
Dr. Echols is well known in the avian veterinary and aviculture communities. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he is the 2006-2007 president-elect of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, is an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, and functions as application reviewer and contributor to examination questions for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is a prolific author and a frequent speaker at international conferences. Dr. Echols has also created numerous educational digital videos and is an accomplished wildlife artist.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to qualified avian research projects selected by the author.
Topics included in the DVD include.....
• Understand the natural foraging instinct of all animals
• Prevent unwanted behaviors, such as feather destruction and repetitive functionless activity
• Build a foraging tree for captive birds
• Create foraging toys — from basic to advanced — to keep birds occupied and happy
Visit our Foraging Toys page for more foraging ideas for your bird
Visit our Parrot Training Page when done with Captive Foraging