Tonawanda News — “Anything that helps keep your parrots constructively challenged and busy is a very good thing. Toys don’t need to be expensive; in many cases the packaging is more fun than the gift itself.”
Boredom can be a huge problem with cage parrots and human caretakers need to work at keeping them occupied with something other than themselves. If your parrot tends to be an over preener, Jan recommends textures like fleece which they can nestle with and chew on.
The Busy Beaks website has a link to Dr. Susan Friedman, a psychology professor at Utah State University who focuses on and has led the way for applied behavior analysis. I was curious what the connection was and was excited to learn that Graham has taken Friedman’s class along with another course that was co-taught with Steve Martin.
Applied behavior analysis is a scientific method that teaches trainers, including teachers, the most positive and ethical ways learners can be engaged. Friedman’s website and coursework can help the novice all the way to the zoo expert. If you want to be a more positive communicator or better animal trainer I would strongly recommend checking out her website.
Martin is one of the best animal trainers in the world and is based out of Florida. I had the opportunity to visit his ranch two weeks ago and was blown away. The ranch, which has around 80 species of birds, is closed to the public, but offers seasonal workshops for companion parrot owners and zoo professionals. Graham was inspired by their workshop and highly recommends that you check it out.
Busy Beaks offers additional material to get you and your pet on the right path including helpful hints, healthy recipes, a foot toy article for your parrots and recycled enrichment ideas.