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Why your bird likes to shred and how to meet this need


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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Birds are innate shredders. In the wild they tear, chew, and shred to find food (forage) and to gather resources for nesting. In addition, increased hormones during breeding season can cause them to shred even more than they normally do. And let's face it - shredding is fun!

The sound, the sight, the feel, all add enjoyment to your bird's day and help keep him busy. As we know, a busy bird has less stress and is at his happiest and healthiest.

Bird parents should understand that shredding is a natural behavior and that their bird is not being naughty or spiteful when he shreds things. However, this does not mean that shredding of inappropriate objects should be tolerated, especially when there are so many great bird toys to help redirect their shredding behavior.

Choose a toy that your pet loves, whether it be long strips of paper, yucca wood, small streamers or chipboard.

Toys that are meant to be shredded include Kabobs, paper toys, and many other varieties.

Provide plenty of shred toys for the bird that adores this activity and help ensure that treasured items in your home will not be the target of your bird's instinctual shredding behavior.

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