Livestock & Poultry
In case veterinary care is needed in your bird’s life, it is good practice to have established a trusting partnership with your bird so that you are able to transport and handle them for medical treatment.
Some behaviours we can assist with conditioning include:
- Crate training (Getting into a pet pack or transport cage)
- Towel training (Birds should feel safe before being exposed to a towel wrap hold, in the event they must be restrained for medical treatment.)
- Voluntary nail trims (Trimming your birds nails can be stressful, training your bird to accept a pedicure makes life a lot easy for yourself and your pet).
Birds have active minds and require mental stimulation, exercise, a varied diet and room to stretch their wings. Environmental enrichment keeps your bird busy and stimulates their minds, which reduces boredom and decreases many undesirable behaviours such as screaming and biting.
Some examples of enrichment for your bird include:
Toys – Toys which encourage foraging behaviours keep a mind and a beak occupied for hours and provide a healthy alternative to placing food in a plain old bowl.
Company – Either from interaction with you or other humans, or from another bird. Birds are social beings and they thrive on attention from companions for grooming, affection and play.
Flight – Access to safe environment for your bird to stretch its wings and experience flight is important for wellbeing. Sometimes it may not be ideal or safe for your bird to be outside of its cage as there may be uncovered windows or other animals around in the room.
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