Parrot Enrichment

Favorite Foraging Toys – 2018 Edition

In 2010, I wrote a blog post about Stewie’s and Mika’s favorite foraging toys. I recently found that post again and wanted to do an update. Their favorite toys have really changed! All new Stewie- and Mika-approved recommendations for 2018: Homemade Parrot Foraging Toys Homemade = cheap. Hooray for cheap. Here are our favorite toy…

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Discount on DIY Bird Toy Parts

Earlier this month, Deb White the founder of Super Bird Creations (a line of high-quality bird toys available for wholesale to retailers) as well as a number of other sites dedicated to enriching the lives of parrots, came to Phoenix Landing for a special lecture on the important role that “play” serves in the lives…

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Review: “Fantastic Foraging Blocks”

In our last post, we just had some fun posting pictures of us opening a box of Kris Porter’s “Fantastic Foraging Blocks.” But what do the birds actually think of their new wooden toys? It turns out that they love ’em! Mika likes the little wicker accents. She’s big into textures and accents. I appreciate…

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Kris Porter’s Fantastic Foraging Blocks Are Here!

Last week, Kris Porter of ParrotEnrichment.com asked if we’d give some feedback on a new foraging toy she has developed. Of course we jumped at the chance! (Are you kidding? A foraging toy developed by the guru of parrot enrichment? Yes, please!) The box arrived Thursday night and we couldn’t wait to open it. Check…

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Interview: Kris Porter, Author, Parrot Enrichment Activity Books

It’s time for another in our interview series and this time we’re talking to Kris Porter, author of the Parrot Enrichment Activity Books, which are available for free as PDFs from her website. She came to Phoenix Landing last year to give a parrot enrichment seminar, which gave us all tons of ideas for integrating…

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Seminar on Parrot Enrichment with Kris Porter

I attended another great Phoenix Landing seminar this weekend. Saturday’s class featured Kris Porter, all the way in from Alaska, to talk about parrot enrichment, specifically focusing on captive foraging. Kris Porter is the author of a great web site about parrot enrichment and two free e-books, the Parrot Enrichment Activity Books (which can be…

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Dixie Cup Foraging Toy

In my last post, I talked about making wooden DIY parrot toys. But I only made one for Mika and got tired of drilling holes into the wood scraps. I rationalized that Stewie doesn’t really like wooden toys nearly as much (he has some untouched ones in his cage as we speak). But then I…

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Favorite Foraging Toys for Parrots

Foraging toys are a wonderful way to enrich your bird’s life. There are a lot of great DIY foraging toy ideas out there, but in this post I’m going to concentrate on a couple of our favorite commercially available foraging toys. In particular, I like to use acrylic puzzle toys to encourage Stewie to work…

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Free Issue of Companion Parrot Magazine

Sally Blanchard’s Companion Parrot Magazine, Issue #72, is available as a FREE download. This 62-page, full-color online issue is chock-full of information, stories and pictures dedicated to the topic of parrot playtime. Visit the Companion Parrot website and scroll down to the bottom of the page to get this free issue or click here. (At…

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Captive Foraging for Parrots

Foraging is an important activity for our pet parrots – not only does it keep them entertained and occupied , but it provides them much needed mental enrichment. In the wild, parrots spend the majority of their waking time looking and working for their food. In our homes, parrots generally have all their food conveniently…

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Irene Pepperberg Lecture at Phoenix Landing

Dr. Irene Pepperberg, who introduced the world to Alex the African Grey (and wrote the book “Alex & Me”), spoke at Phoenix Landing on Saturday, and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend. Getting out to the event in Leesburg was a bit of an adventure: DP and I got a bit of a late…

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