Bird forage playstand helps you easily teach or bring out innate foraging behaviors in your bird
Foraging tree is a concept developed by avian behaviorists and veterinarians
Tree for bird foraging features textured branches at irregular diameters for foot health
Take your bird from foraging beginnings to advanced foraging and get many years of use from one playstand. The "foraging tree" is a concept discovered by avian behaviorists and veterinarians, most notably M. Scott Echols, DVM. Dr. Echols suggests making or purchasing a foraging tree to teach your healthy bird the ins and outs of foraging.
We have worked together with our manufacturer to design a Foraging Tree with the features Dr. Echols recommends, including:
A tree-like structure to place outside the cage where foraging seems to be most successful
Height of at least 18" from the bottom of the play gym and no taller than the shortest person in the household that will be interacting with the bird
5-7 feeding stations at different levels on the "tree"
Constructed of easy-clean PVC, this Foraging Tree features 8 removable textured plastic perches/branches (each 8-3/4" long with 1" dia) with irregular diameters for foot health. "Branches" may be easily moved from level to level for variety. Three of the branches have round, 4" diameter plastic foraging cups attached, while two branches have oval 5" x 3-1/2" plastic cups. Three branches have no cups attached. Below three of the branches are swivel hooks so you can hang different or more advanced foraging toys. This way, as your bird gets accustomed to one level of foraging, you can change things up to pique his interest. Foraging Tree includes rolling casters, so you can move it from room to room.
This tree fits foraging levels from basic to intermediate, to advanced. Once your bird learns advanced foraging, the sky is the limit for different toys to keep him entertained. Simple assembly required. Green. For Conures to Amazons.
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Foraging Tree Use
We have adapted some steps from Dr. Echols' concept to help you teach your bird to use the Foraging Tree. Let your bird master one step before moving on to the next.
Step One: Put small amounts of his regular food or special treats openly in all bowls on the foraging tree and let your bird discover the food on his own. Let him figure out how to navigate the tree and where the food is.
Step Two: Cover up one or more bowls that have treats or food in them with a piece of paper that can easily be knocked off. If your bird is having trouble understanding where the food is, only partially cover the food.
Step Three: Secure the paper on top of the food with bird-safe tape or string so your bird must peck through the paper to get at the food. If your bird has difficulty with this step, place food on top of paper and gradually move it further into the bowl. You may also use strips of paper towels or Shred Master Large Refills, (#28121), for this step. Once mastered, your bird will rip through the paper joyfully to get at the food.
Step Four: Place random quantities of food/treats or simple foraging foot toys, like Mini Munch Balls(#18196) in bowls alternating with empty but covered bowls.
Step Five: Increase the difficulty by wrapping up nuts or food in one or more layers of paper rope (#828630), or other bird-safe paper.
Your bird has now learned the joy of foraging and can go on to intermediate then advanced foraging toys, either placed in bowls or hanging from the tree.
Tips for using the Foraging Tree
Birds learn at different rates, so it may take him days or weeks just to learn one step and move on to the next.
For best success, withhold food in his cage for several hours before using the Foraging Tree. Eventually your bird will eat most of his daily ration via foraging, providing plenty of activity and enrichment.
Like any training or teaching, if your bird has trouble with one step, go back to the previous step. He may just need a little more time at a less advanced level before he "gets" it.
Keep your bird guessing without frustrating him. Feel free to intervene and help your bird if he is having difficulty. This is a great way to increase interaction and bonding time.
Portable playstands offer much more than first meets the eye. They help prevent boredom, encourage exercise, and stimulate instincts. Since they move easily throughout your home, they also pique your bird's curiosity with a change of scenery.
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