Saturday, January 22, 2011

Food as entertainment

Wild parrots like to descend on a tree full of ripe fruit, take one bite from a piece and hop to the next piece of fruit, like those cartoons you see of ladies taking one bite from each chocolate in a large box, never eating a whole candy but ruining the box for everyone else. At home, there's nothing Peaches and Pita like more than to take one bite out of a chunk of apple and fling the rest to the floor.

But super-brain here (moi) can outsmart them by impaling an apple on a hanging rod and spicing it up with dabs of peanut butter inserted in holes carved out with the tip of a vegetable peeler. Work for your food, birdies!

Hang the apple in the cage and here's the result. Yes, half the apple fell to the bottom of the cage but the birds had a good, messy time.


  1. Very good idea, kinda like a kong for dogs.

  2. Apples and peanut butter together - yummmmmmmmmmm!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  3. Thats a really good idea, especially peanut butter mmmmm.
    Hopping on by via Saturday Pet Blog Hop
    Helen x

  4. Keeping them busy is always a good idea. Peaches and Pita are beautiful! We've signed on as your newest followers and would love it if you could stop by for a visit.


  5. What fun! I bet they stay occupied for a while with this treat!

  6. Love that idea! My birds will love it. What a great enrichment idea, besides a great way to get them to taste and eat some of the fruit. Yah, a lot goes on the floor of the cage, but the fun that was had was worth it I betcha!

  7. How smart! It makes them get a little mental stimulation to...maybe? Not sure if it's the same as food games for us pooches!
    BabyRD and Hootie

  8. Glad that they enjoyed it.

    Hey that happened at work one time when a company sent a huge box of chocolates to us. 2 women cut most of them in half to see if they wanted to eat them.

    I let them know just how rude that was....

  9. We bet they loved it! But secretly thought "devious lady"!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx