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Forage: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

Buffon's macaw or Great green macaw
By Cioli & Hunnicutt/BowTie Studio/Courtesy Amy Baggs
A foraging item can be as simple as a box with a treat inside. This Buffon's macaw's interest is piqued even by this simple design.

Forage: (verb) To search for provisions. For birds, foraging typically means to search for food. Wild birds spend much of their days looking for food (foraging), while pet birds have food handed to them by their owners. Today it is recommended to make your pet bird “work” for its food like the wild birds. Hiding food in toys or placing food in different areas inside its pet bird cage make a pet bird forage for its food and therefore keeps it both physically and mentally active. In the past few years many new foraging products have been created for pet birds to help keep them active.

Watch Pepik, a Congo African grey, foraging away with his homemade pinata.

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Here is a simple trick I use ... I chop up brocelli, sweet potatoe, bell pepper, etc. (rotating the blend) and mix in a few millet seeds for my 2 lovies & 'tiel = They forage for the millet, but say what the hey, and eat some of the vegies = they are foraging and eating healthy outside their regular diet - Harrisons Pelleted & Nutri-Berries. It works, try it out
Frank, Summerville, SC
Posted: 7/17/2010 10:09:56 PM
Good info
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 7/17/2010 8:38:00 PM
Good advice
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 7/17/2010 8:30:44 PM
stephanie, north smithfield, RI
Posted: 7/17/2010 3:06:54 PM
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