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Re: Do all parrots like/need a cage full of toys?

Postby liz » Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:18 am

My Cockatiels played with toys when they were caged. Now that they have their own room they enjoy flying more than playing with toys. I put part of a bale of Timothy hay on the floor in that room. They have it scattered everywhere while digging for the seeds.
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Re: Do all parrots like/need a cage full of toys?

Postby Pajarita » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:55 am

Yes, that's exactly my experience, too, Liz. Caged birds play with toys but cage-free birds tend to slowly switch over to more wild behaviors... My tiels used to love getting branches with leaves on them, they would pluck every single one of them to drop on the floor as soon as I would put them up - try that with yours and see what happens.
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Re: Do all parrots like/need a cage full of toys?

Postby DanaandPod » Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:39 pm

Dare I start talking about the baby lap tops that Pod adores? I'm forever scorned over. But, he never chews them. Just obsessively sets the buttons off by walking on them. Anyway, can the person who posted pics of homemade atom hanging gyms please tell how u made them and what u used. They are cool. Please, thanks.
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Re: Do all parrots like/need a cage full of toys?

Postby Wolf » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:45 pm

If he is not chewing on it then I think that the baby lap top is a great idea.
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Re: Do all parrots like/need a cage full of toys?

Postby JessiMuse » Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:49 pm

Pajarita wrote:Parrots in the wild don't play with anything and, in reality, what we call 'playing' in captivity is not really playing at all, it's chewing, shredding, foraging or displaced aggression.

My sincerest apologies, but I feel the need to counter your statement... With this video of wild galahs. :D

Because if this isn't playing, I'm not sure what is.
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