The point I’m trying to make is that as much as we try to impart our human values on our birds, they don’t get it because of their 99 million years of instinctual expectations.
An example, I was speaking with a woman on the phone the other day who recently rescued a 12-year-old Congo African gray.
The bird had begun to show signs of feather plucking, not too severe but the first time she and her husband left home with the bird locked in the cage, the grey had plucked out all but one or two tail feathers.
We talked at length about the importance of having more than three toys in the cage irrespective of all the other activities the bird was privy to throughout the home.
This included 6000 ft.² of what the woman thought would be her African grey parrot’s perfect environment.
One of the biggest challenges that I face is helping people understand that as far as the bird is concerned flying over a 6000 ft.² house is two wing flaps.
Parrots in the wild have access to dozens of not hundreds of square miles to explore during the day.
Various safe areas to spend the night.
Another way of saying, what satisfies us humans, does not necessarily satisfy the instinctual expectations of your bird.
Circling back to the original question (me, sidetracked)?
Let’s just not offer nuts to our birds for the sake of offering high-value treats.
Make your parrot work to find these tasty high-fat morsels among foraging opportunities.
Sunflower seeds are to birds what McDonald’s French fries are to humans, make them available proportionately.
Above all, weigh your bird at least monthly.
Rapid weight changes are signals of potential ill health.
You have the tools, now use them.
quora answer written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing
Also published on Medium.