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Discouraging my pacific parrotlet from exploring the floor

Postby UWotAndTheM8s » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:05 pm

So... it's their natural instinct to forage on the floor. Which wouldn't be much of an issue if stepping on them wasn't a common cause of death for them. I do have a sixth sense for where she is now, of course. And I am always careful, but I do want to minimize the amount of time she spends on the floor because of the danger it can pose.

Getting her to step-up every time she's on the floor would only get her to use the floor as a way to catch my attention. One thing I've started doing is training her to fly to her cage on command so that she will fly off the floor herself when I want her to. But while she can do it, she's still not at the point where she will do it immediately at all times.

Anyone have any suggestions?

The things I especially try to do is make the rest of the room more interesting than the floor so she is more inclined to explore that. I also try to clean the floor frequently so she won't try forage for leftover pieces of millet and such that fell on the floor.
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Re: Discouraging my pacific parrotlet from exploring the floor

Postby Bird woman » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:18 pm

I have several areas in the bird room with places to fly too with foraging stations on them and foraging trees are nice. BW
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Re: Discouraging my pacific parrotlet from exploring the floor

Postby liz » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:00 am

Rainbow is a pedestrian. He always walks the floor or climbs to higher places.
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