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Foraging for birds

I cannot say enough how important it is to let your bird/s forage for there food and or treats. In the wild it is not all given to them on a plate. And i can sit for hours and watch my guys go looking for there special finds. Start small and see how it goes. I now have soo many of these little foragers every where and they are emptied out ever day.
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My amazon is really good at figuring out these things. No else even tries. lol

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Hi Carol, what kinds of parrots do you have? Do you have any small parrots that like to play with the foraging toys? If so, which ones? Thank you for the information!


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I don't have any of the ones you pictured. I put a couple bird dishes in different places in their cage, with different foods in them. I can tell which foods they like by how much they eat. And I don't put them in the same places everyday.

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finding foragers like the ones you show for smaller birds is no easy task. I bought the ball shown and every treat just falls right out it is so big. of course the biggest treat I use is almonds and banana chips. I plan to donate it to a bird rescue near me since its useless for my little guys.
I have been looking at the blue one you posted but I'm worried it will be too easy and not fit the treats again.
I have been hiding bits in various shredder toys, that's all I can think of now. I just don't understand why they wont or don't make foragers for small/med birds.
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finding foragers like the ones you show for smaller birds is no easy task. I bought the ball shown and every treat just falls right out it is so big. of course the biggest treat I use is almonds and banana chips. I plan to donate it to a bird rescue near me since its useless for my little guys.
I have been looking at the blue one you posted but I'm worried it will be too easy and not fit the treats again.
I have been hiding bits in various shredder toys, that's all I can think of now. I just don't understand why they wont or don't make foragers for small/med birds.
I have managed to use it with my small birds. Instead of just putting say seeds in there, get loads of paper for them to pull out and shred and just scatter a few among that so it isn't falling out. Also, try to cage mounted one too as the little plate at the bottom collects anything that falls out My Amazon figured out how to pop the button on it to get it off the mount though
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finding foragers like the ones you show for smaller birds is no easy task. I bought the ball shown and every treat just falls right out it is so big. of course the biggest treat I use is almonds and banana chips. I plan to donate it to a bird rescue near me since its useless for my little guys.
I have been looking at the blue one you posted but I'm worried it will be too easy and not fit the treats again.
I have been hiding bits in various shredder toys, that's all I can think of now. I just don't understand why they wont or don't make foragers for small/med birds.
Have you tried putting Popped Corn in it?
That should not fall out and a lot of birds like Popped Corn.

As for foraging. I do a few things. One is never change all the food dishes at any one time, so if they want to pick out things they have to look around.
But most importantly I give them foraging options . Like natural branches, if possible in flower. I will post some pics later.
Dandelion. ( and what I do is tie a paper towel and wrap foil around the stems to keep them alive a bit longer). This also works for Silver Beet.
Sow Thistle I pull up and put in a bucket of water to keep it alive.

Pic of Paperbark Gum.

They love these and they have the little seed pods like Bottlebrush.


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Seed pod


Hang Sweetcorn cobs up.


Not sure what this is, but can you see Ricky in there? Foraging real time.


Just a few ideas.
As you see I like to keep it as natural as possible.


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I do prefer natural enrichment. It seems like Australia is the best for it though! You've all got lovely flowering plants and such whereas over here you're lucky to find anything you don't see a single toy in Loro Parque or the Loro Parque Fundacion breeding facility! They all have natural enrichment like branches with leaves to shred and such. Not a single bird plucks
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It is always good to check what is safe and what is not before using any natural growth.

There are many more that are safe.
Just a few I can think of.
Canton Lace ( The Rosellas love the seeds which grow in long bean like pods).
Pohutakawa
Rata.
All Eucalyptus (Flowers leaf branches)
Coppersheen.
Agonis.
Cantonieaster (Pooh wrong spelling)?
Pittisporums. Including the Pittisporum frangipani NOT the Hawaiian Frangipani, this is on the toxic list.
There was a small shrub just the other day, that I was talking to someone and how the Wax Eye's love it. I know Dexter tried and soon found how to get to the nectar at the base of the flowers.

There are also some that are marginal at best. Two that come to mind are flowering Cherry (Only flowers are safe. All other parts need to be avoided)
Kowhai (Only the flowers are safe. All other parts need to be avoided)
Both of these are raided when in flower by Rosella's and Tuhi's.
I do give my birds these when in flower, but I do watch to make sure they are only going after the flowers.


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I have some new foraging stuff for the smaller birds like yours. I love your plants i really need to add some to my bird room. Take a look at this one i have it is for tiny birds. You can put seed or treats in the round little disks
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Beautiful pictures of your birds and plants.

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I saw somewhere a neat foraging thing was to use a small shallow tray/bowl, sprinkle seed/treat and then cover with dry pasta/small wood blocks (hamster size) for a forage exercise for them to dig under. Obviously you would adjust the size of tray/etc fir your type of fid.

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I have a flat plastic tray with half a seagrass mat I toss the food in and have some sweet hay for rabbits to toss on top dragon like's it,pika-chu I have never had any luck with it and I don't know why as they are ground feeder's but to be honest he is never down on the cage bottom either,you can also get a plastic tray and do an astro turff matt but make sure it is usa made astro turf (not china as china make's it with lead)as for those balls put nutri-berries or the avi-cake's they make or spray millet's work well,if anyone want's somewhere I have a recipe to make your own nutri-berries.

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Really on the nutri-berries, yes please share with us. Those are a favorite around my house.
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I went to the dollar store and bought storage dishes about 8x8x2 inches... For my tiel and p'let ( they are the only ones interested ) I sprinkle a few hemp and sunflower seeds' a few foot toys, some beads, cat balls etc. then a big handful of hay or aspen shavings.. Sometimes both... My p'let especially loves his toy box and will spend a lot of time throwing out everything to find the seeds... When I take it out for cage cleaning he will run back and forth on the cage floor yelling at me to hurry up!...lol
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There are a lot of things you can use from the small animal section for this. They have a hay ball you can stuff with kale or broccoli or something. There is also small litter pans that attach to the cage bars. They are very small and shallow so great for small birds. You can throw in timothy hay, crinkle paper some foot toys, q-tips, beads, seeds, small pieces of millets, etc.

Avian web also has great diy forgaing ideas. Some people use egg cartons, dixie cups, etc.

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