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Enrichment and Foraging for A Bird Who Is Scared of Everything?

Discussion in 'Enrichment and Foraging Park' started by Reggie, 5/8/17.

  1. Reggie

    Reggie Sprinting down the street

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    I've been trying the paper-towel in the dish kind of thing to get Cooper to "forage" for his dinner, but it only works if he's in the cage. Sometimes while he's on my desk he'll eat the edges of whatever paper I might be working on (not eating just shredding). Other than that he is very timid and attached to me and afraid of pretty much everything unless he's in his cage. How do I start doing more out of the cage foraging and enrichment while making sure he's not afraid of it?

    (I have tried using his favorite foods to coax him, but he's not terribly food-motivated it seems.)
     
  2. Milo

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    Have you tried attaching the bowls to the outside of the cage? If he's really that afraid of everything it's going to take some time to get him adjusted. Take baby steps, maybe one bowl on the outside of the cage with the door open. My vet also suggests using rocks in their dish so they have to move things around to get to the food. Find rocks from outside and clean them (I used a scrub brush first then boiled mine) and put a smaller amount of food in his dish with the rocks. They should be big enough so he can't swallow them accidentally.

    If he'll go after papers on your desk you can try hiding a treat under the edge of the paper and see if he goes for that.

    If you're doing the foraging in addition to what's in his bowl every day he may also simply not be motivated to go after more challenging things. It's great that he'll "forage" for his dinner in his cage! It might not seem like it because it's simple for us, but even doing things like that in his cage is stimulating for him.
     
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  3. Reggie

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    Thank you for the reply! I'll try the rocks in the dish suggestion and maybe the cups on the outside of the cage when I feed him tonight!
     
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    a piece of balsa wood over the dish makes him work to see what is underneath. start with small pieces first
     

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