Birds are some of the best pets to have for anyone because of their very appealing looks and their tendency to be quite affectionate and even fun to be with at times. Playtime with pet birds can also be one of the best moments of your life as there are some species of birds that are quite intelligent and easily capable of doing tricks to the delight of your friends and family.
As fun as pet birds are, there are moments when they just are not fun. Feeding time is one of those moments. Giving your pet bird the usual types of food it eats may be so easy. You will find that they will eat pellets and invertebrates (if they are carnivorous) in a heartbeat. Somehow, you may need to supplement their usual diet with fruits and vegetables. The problem here is that not all birds will readily accept fruits and vegetables. You will find that feeding them with those types of food won’t be as fun as your usual playtime with them.
This is where parrot skewers come in to make feeding time fun for your birds and very easy on your part.
What are parrot skewers?
Parrot skewers are actually as simple as they sound. These are tools that are similar in appearance and in function to your usual kebab or barbeque skewers. They are made of metal and can be hanged and suspended in a similar fashion to how you would use the usual type of kebab skewer. However, they serve a different purpose compared to the conventional type of skewer you see in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants.
Instead of cooking meat on top of an open flame or a grill, the purpose of parrot skewers is to skewer fruits and vegetables and suspend the skewers inside the bird’s cage so that they will be able to feed on their fruits and vegetables even when they are on their perches. Most types of birds would rather spend time perched than on the floor of their cages. If you do not have a skewer, it will be quite difficult to feed your birds with fruits and vegetables, considering the fact that you would have to place them on the cage’s floor, where your birds rarely go. Placing whole fruits and vegetables in their feeding dish can also be difficult. As such, parrot skewers tend to be the best way to let your birds eat their fruits and veggies.
In addition to making it easier for your birds to access their food, parrot skewers are also fun ways to introduce new types of food to your pet birds. These are the types of foods they normally would not eat if you placed them in the feeding dish (since they will most likely associate their feeding dish with pellets or their usual food) or on the floor of the cage.
Why use parrot skewers?
They are helpful
As previously mentioned, parrot skewers are some of the most helpful tools you can use to feed your pet birds with new types of food that they normally do not eat out of the bowl. Most pet birds thrive on a diet that is composed of seeds and pellets that they eat from their usual feeding bowl or dish. However, when you try to feed them with other types of food through their feeding dish, they might not eat them because of how they associated their dish with their usual pellets and seeds.
In that case, parrot skewers are very helpful if you want your birds to eat fruits and vegetables that normally are not part of their usual diet. But parrot skewers are an innovative way of giving them a reason to eat fruits and vegetables that are simply suspended inside their cage. Birds are curious enough to wonder what those fruits and vegetables are, and will most likely eat them. Also, in their natural habitat, most fruits and some types of vegetables are normally suspended. This will give them a more natural feel when eating fruits and veggies.
They are fun
Not many people know this, but parrot skewers are actually toys for your birds. They are food-finding toys that allow them to use their minds creatively when they are looking for food. As such, they will not only have fun playing with the skewer as they are looking for food but will also try to devour anything they find on the skewer. This makes feeding time fun for them and easy for you as your birds will easily eat anything they will find on the skewers. In that regard, as they are having fun, your bird will be less likely to be picky with their food and will eat almost anything you place on the skewers, whether they are fruits and vegetables, meat (for omnivorous birds), and even bread.
In that regard, parrot skewers not only provide your birds with the added nutrition they need but will also allow them to play, have fun, and use their minds creatively. You are essentially hitting two birds (not your pet birds) with one stone when you are using parrot skewers to feed your pets with parrot skewers.
Why it is important for them to eat fruits and vegetables
In captivity, most pet birds will easily thrive well when fed with seeds and pellets. However, seeds and pellets will not be enough if you want to provide them with a more complete and balanced diet. You also have to supplement their nutrition with healthy fruits and vegetables that are safe for them to eat. After all, birds in their natural habitat also often eat fruits and vegetables.
In that regard, always try to find creative ways to supplement their diet with fruits and veggies. Parrot skewers are one of the best ways to do so. Try putting whole apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, squash, eggplant, cucumber, mangoes, papaya, berries, pineapple, oranges, and pears on the parrot skewer to supplement your birds’ usual diet.
Toys are just as important as well
As previously mentioned, parrot skewers are not only feeding tools for your pet birds but are also food-finding toys. Yes, that is right. Parrot skewers were also made to be toys for your birds because it allows them to have fun, use their mind and body, and look for creative ways to find their food. These skewers are essentially 2-in-1 items that make things easy on your part.
That said, toys are just as important to birds as food is. Especially for younger birds, toys are very important to allow them to learn at an early age through playtime. This is usually the best time for them to identify colors, shapes, and textures while developing dexterity and creativity at an early age. On top of that, regardless of the age of the bird, toys are also a good way for them to release their natural aggressive side as birds normally are aggressive in the wild when they are hunting for food. Allowing them to be aggressive towards their toys will make them less aggressive towards you and will also allow them an opportunity to exercise. In this case, parrot skewers act as toys to help your birds foster their creative side while also expending energy to find food skewered on the parrot skewers. That is why parrot skewers are also regarded as some of the best toys you can use to allow your pet birds to exercise and become more creative and imaginative.