Friday, October 16, 2009

Foraging, Plus!

I have written several posts on foraging, and wanted to share some more tips I came across thanks to Kelsey of Australia, a Moderator on the Talk Budgies Forum. They are too great to keep secret! She has some clever ideas for keeping her beautiful flock healthy in both body and mind.

First, let me introduce to you Clopin! She is a plum-headed parakeet, one of the species that is sexually dimorphic. (This means we can tell by her coloring that she is a female.) Isn't she precious?!

Clopin is a fruit lover, and demonstrating one of the foraging items that her mom, Kelsey, made for her. She is working to obtain fresh mango, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, mixed nuts and mixed seeds.

Check out the step-by-step instructions for preparing and making the pine cone foraging treats:

Pine Cone Foraging Treat Instructions

This is only one of her great ideas! Her 'smaller' birds certainly do not miss out on any of the fun - they too receive plenty of foraging opportunities.

Look at these happy little budgies! Here they are enjoying a special foraging tray prepared for them:
(Click on the picture to expand it.)

Demonstrating foraging techniques, we have:

Fawkes, the darkish blue and white budgie closest to the camera. She is a cobalt blue recessive pied budgie.

The greenish budgie in the middle of the tray is Pistachio; he is a cobalt blue yellow face type 2 opaline budgie.

Next is the lime green budgie in the back whose face is hidden. That is Apple, and he is a light green opaline spangle budgie.

The yellowish budgie just to the right of Apple is Artemis, and he is a cobalt blue yellow face type 2 spangle.

Finally, the whitish light blue budgie at the back just behind Artemis is Bubblegum! She is a sky blue cinnamon opaline spangle.

The tray has a mixture of seeds that she sprouts herself (sunflower seeds, legumes and wheat). In addition, it includes (from left to right):

Eucalyptus Leaves, Red Bottlebrush flowers, Paperbark (White Bottlebrush) flowers and Grevillea flowers.

And, just to make it a little more fun and challenging, she will sometimes add strips of newspaper so the birds really have to dig around for those sprouts and flowers.

It is fun, tasty, and challenging as well as pretty. I think we can all imagine our birds enjoying a Foraging Tray!

And finally,
Kelsey has created an item she has named Corn Pockets. These are simply fabulous; you must check out the link with plenty of pictures and full instructions:

Corn Pockets

Using corn husks,
Kelsey makes treat wraps:

And Clopin just loves them! She knows there are nuts and seeds in there, and is determined to get one:
In the instructions linked above, she shares the method of preparing, wrapping, and tieing the Corn Pockets. They may be stored in the refrigerator for a few days up to the time the husks turn brown. Just think of all the different types of treats your birds may enjoy finding inside a Corn Pocket!

Whether our birds are large or small (or in many of our cases, both), there is an idea here for every size. Foraging is important for our birds ,because it keeps their minds and bodies active. In the wild, they spend from 50 to 80 percent of their time foraging.

So, anything that we can do to present a challenge, even if simply hanging a treat in a difficult to reach place, qualifies as foraging.

Just looking at these creative and inexpensive ideas provide inspiration! A big thanks to Kelsey for allowing me to use her pictures, link to her posts, and show off her beautiful flock!



Jim Stewart said...

Great foraging tips! I'm going to have to try the corn pockets. Got a feeling they'll be a hit! :)



Freda said...

This looks interesting.
I'll have to try it.

Caley said...

Great info Robin & Kelsey!

Marley is getting corn pockets this weekend :)

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