Monday, March 21, 2011

Momma Bird’s Self-Help for Avian Creatures

One of our cousins, in the wild!
While I obviously recognize the importance of healthy nutrition in our lives, I also understand that life needs to include more than nutritious food. As highly intelligent (!) creatures, we need to do more than sit, think, preen, talk and/or entertain our human companions.  For our own mental health, we need to feel curious, challenged, stimulated, and entertained.   We need to feel  good about ourselves, our skills, and creativity and have the opportunity to delight in our avian brilliance each and every day.
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Did you know that in the wild, our cousins forage 70% of the day?   That means that they search for food at least 6 hours a day. For those of you who have gotten more accustomed to a more sedentary life style, don’t panic.  Eating can be both fun and challenging and the act of foraging – that's searching for food – can provide both.  Even most of our human companions enjoy the act of foraging.  In their world, it is called shopping or harvesting. Some go to work to earn the money to buy their food while others spend hours creating a garden and growing food. On top of that, more hours are spent cooking food.  For most, it is a process that takes time and provides nurturance and satisfaction.

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As members of the avian world, we need a similar experience. It is not good for us to live a life where food is just handed to us on a silver platter. That is way too easy and can lead to boredom, feather plucking and depression.  We need to work for our food and, in order to do so, we need our human companions to provide us with an environment filled with different opportunities that encourage us to be our naturally curious bird selves. 
Another wild cousin!

It may take some time to learn foraging but once you understand that you are not going to starve to death (your human companions will never let that happen) and that you are going to feel happier and healthier, you will embrace foraging forever!!

I promise and that promise is worth a 20% discount on any of my foraging toys at  Just write "foragingfun" as the coupon code at checkout.

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