As long as people have owned parrots, they have been providing enrichment. The term “enrichment,” however, has come into vogue in the last few years. For example, what we always simply called toys have suddenly become enrichment devices. The definition of the term “enrichment” is something that enhances something else. In the case of our parrots, enrichment is something that enhances optimum health and well-being. Pet bird enrichment used to focus on one or maybe two senses or needs, but now we look at enrichment as addressing all the bird senses. The trend today is toward a more holistic approach than has been used in years past.
**For the full article, pick up the July 2010 issue of BIRD TALK**
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