This month’s theme is Foraging Ideas for Parrots. This is a bit more detailed of a photo contest. So here’s the deal…
You post a picture of a foraging toy you created, and include how you created it so someone else could re-make it for their bird. When you upload the photo to our timeline, simply include in a comment or with the picture the text of how to make it so that when I upload the photos into our contest album, I can include your text in the description of your photo for everyone to see.
No foraging creation is too basic. Many birds and people are new to the concept of foraging and can use all the help they can get in getting started or motivated to begin, while others are pros and need more creative ways to occupy their bird’s time. You can include how to make your toy harder, or easier (often times poking more holes into something will make it easier for the bird while using treats more sparingly will make it harder and more time consuming).
If you include a picture of a bird playing on something like a skewer, or using something you bought, please let people know where they can purchase one. For example, this foraging toy is a stainless steel skewer, which similar ones can be purchased here. So in your text along with your picture you would include something like, “I used a stainless steel skewer, which can be found on places like Ebay, Amazon, or WindyCityParrot.” And if you want to include the exact URL for purchase you can do that too. Some toys and things can be found at multiple sources.
Here are some amazing examples I found on Pinterest:
You can put your text on your photo if you want, but you do not have to. It just has to accompany your photo so that I can include it in the description when I upload it so others can duplicate what you’ve done for your bird with their own birds.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As with all of the photo contests, safety comes first. Before we qualify certain entries, we may have to ask you what materials you used (if we can’t tell) so we can be sure it is a safe and non-toxic choice. If you aren’t sure about something you want to use, you can always ask us on Facebook before you get started.
And here is what the pendants and keychains look like:
Submit your photos to our Facebook page by January 15th at noon PST.
I will leave you with some of our best foraging posts to help you get some inspiration:
- Five Ways to Use Food as Foraging
- Getting Started With Foraging: Beginner Tips and How to
- Foraging For Parrots: 8 Ideas to Get You Started
- 5 Food Foraging Ideas for Birds
- Learning How to Forage
- Taking a Knife to Your Bird Toys