Do my budgies and cockatiels feel bored or depressed with their life of captivity?

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If not she will fly around and land on top of the refrigerator or the decorative baskets we have on top of the cabinets making it harder to get her down without stressing her out – I usually get a step stool and come to her.


I feel bad for the six or seven hours she spends in the cage alone at home in the winter when it’s too cold to transport her back and forth with us to work but I think all the out of the cage time that she gets makes up for that and overall I think she too is a happy bird.

In conclusion

Many write about providing foraging and enrichment “things” to help replicate activities birds would be doing in the wild. It’s also said that parrots spend 40% of their time seeking food and 60% of their time trying not be food (in the wild).

This begs the question, with 99 million years of evolutionary instinctual expectations, does captivity without the worry of predatory attack make for a less stressed bird?

A case can be made that captivity is rewarding.

Does the failure to acknowledge equatorial light cycles, simply replace the “no more hawks to fear” stresspoint?

Circling back to the original question the easiest way to know if your happiness level of your captive bird is to put on your holistic captive bird viewing goggles and look at every aspect of your birds life.

written By mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.