Normal grey cockatiel flying in a bird room from sofa to tree stand and back.

Setting Up a Room for Parrot Traffic

Setting Up a Room for Parrot Traffic

Airspace and landing zones.

Wild parrots fly hundreds of miles a day, so they say. I say parrots cover enough ground to find the locations that best suit their immediate desire. Only migrating birds fly that type of distance straight through per day. Parrot flocks stay inside known territory and fly around that territory for location, materials, and food. Add up the mileage and it may or may not be hundreds in a given day. The total will be directly related to the quality of location, materials and food/water, though.

There is a lot of Stop-n-Go Traffic in a bird flock. The reasons for that Stop-n-Go traffic can be applied to your parrot's living area, cage and roost cage, with great success.

Recreate a wild parrot's point of interest.

Stop-n-Go Traffic is why we end up with tree stands and bird perches in some odd places. Stop-n-Go Traffic applies to every bird with flight abilities (or hover/hop abilities), any size, and any number of flock members contained in that flock. 

Here's a trick with cage-scaping and room setup for those planning on a parrot arrival; wait on 70% of that effort and purchasing until after your new companion has been home a week or two. Let them figure their lay it out by their actions and reactions. Give them a chance to introduce themselves, and their likes as well as dislikes. You may think a certain window is perfect. But they think it's awful thanks to the garbage cans your neighbor lines up across the way. 

Setting up the best set ups for your parrot.

  • Get the largest cage with the appropriate gauged wire and wire width you can afford.
  • Don't over pack a cage with toys. A parrot needs room to flap their wings, climb, hang, and monkey about.
  • Create play stations. A perch with one or two hanging toys within reach. The larger the cage or aviary, the more stations you can offer.
  • If a station or toy is ignored for more than a week. Remove it, reassess.
  • If a toy is loved to distraction, go back and get 5 more. Immediately. The parrot toy business fluctuates in materials available. Somethings will never be made again. Get it while the getting's good.
  • Multiple food and water bowls are always appreciated.
  • YES, it is natural for your parrot to make soup with all his food and toys in a water bowl. Allow them the ability to continue this play and eat.
  • YES, parrots like to hide behind hanging toys. Create a play station that has a "curtain" of hanging toys for them to nap behind.
  • A play topped cage is premium for you and them. If your aviary is flat on top, you can create your own play top by placing boxes, toys and books for shredding there.

Stop-n-Go Traffic is what to plan for in your flock. Location, materials in that location and proximity to views. Parrots are flighted rabbits, hopping hither and yon and back. Modify those spots for maximum interest and comfort. Parrots triage their current location every moment of every waking hour. They are always on the lookout for a better location, item, or view.  We call it looking for trouble, they call it being a parrot. 

Cage scaping works best when it serves the day's purposes. Cage scaping and Stop-n-Go Traffic planning is a primary tool for a very happy and inspired companion parrot. An unemployed parrot is a frustrated parrot.

It's not the fact wild parrots fly a lot, wild parrots do more Stop-n-Go foraging, eating, nesting, play and exploration than they do flight. Flight is just the means to the end. And that is simply whatever looks better than what they just left. 

A parrot is always looking for something better than what they have in their beak.

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