Although we had the set back of the Spring season kick into gear for Storm, we are still making progress with him! Dave and I left for 3 days while Storm and the rest of the flock stayed home.
When we got back, I saw little red wood chips all over the bottom of Storm’s cage and realized he was picking at his wood parrot toys while we were away! I think a little “alone time” was good for him because it encouraged him to self-entertain rather than keep waiting for me to enter the room to do it for him!
Not only that, but he really dove into eating his organic pellets! Check it out…
Storm was already eating his organic pellets, but I usually gave him fresh foods along with them and he tends to always prefer the fresh stuff over the pellets. I think being away was great for him as he really got to just dive into the pellets without distraction of other foods.
And although he had sort of manipulated a few toys in the past, he hadn’t actually destroyed them in any way before so this toy shredding thing was definitely a first and a huge step of progress!
Tip to take home: Giving your parrot some alone time can be a good thing once in a while, as long as you give him all the necessary tools it takes to self-entertain while you aren’t around.
Jamieleigh Womach has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots with whom she shares the stage.