Setting Up for Parrot Traffic

Just because they are the ones with feathers, doesn't mean you aren't in charge of air traffic.

Setting Up for Parrot Traffic

Wild parrots fly hundreds of miles a day, so they say. I say parrots cover alot of 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 location, materials and food/water. There is alot of StopnGo Traffic in a flock. And the reason for that StopnGo traffic can literally be applied to your parrot's living area, cage and roost cage, with great success.

StopnGo Traffic is the reason we cagescape. The reason we somehow, without alot of thought, end up with tree stands and bird perches in some odd places. Well, odd to us anyway. StopnGo Traffic applies to every bird with flight abilities (or hover/hop abilities), any size, any number of flock members contained in that flock. 

Here's a trick with cagescaping 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 it out and lay it out by their actions and reactions. If you already have a flock, this idea isn't new, but maybe you'll see a bit of new thought in the process.

I don't pack our parrot cages full of toys. A couple of main hanging toys, one bell, a big bowl of foot toys and that's about it. Felix only wants a couple hanging toys. They must be in close proximity to each other so he can bang them against each other. He has a bell, but it must be on the other side of the cage away from the riffraff toys. That bell is special, and is only specially rung to warn of incoming Snickers landings. This StopNGo Traffic plan is for regular days where I'm home, have no plans on leaving and will leave every birdy out and about as long as possible. This setup let's the flock go in and out and swap cages to mess around with each other's food bowls, and toys. I keep it sparse because they are all in and out and need room to monkey around. We have a 8 foot tree stand. It's centered in the bird room for a nice 45 degree angle from all cage tops. It's a good flight patterned layout. We've got ropes and boings hanging from that tree. Because for some reason, Snickers and Butters need to hang upside down. I don't ask questions. I also count my head and shoulders and staircase landing zones when they extend out into the full nascar flight. Butters stops at every available landing zone at least once. Snickers being a boy and part monkey tends to just bounce off the walls for 20 minutes at a time, and then rests. Felix, he calls a taxi, also known as me. Kirby can fly anywhere and everywhere in this big house, and does. But only in the morning and late afternoon. All else he just stays close to me or food/water. That's his gig. The cockatiel Horde, they are busy holding meetings for about an hour and the rest of the time is spent close to each other and food/water.

StopnGo 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. You modify those spots for maximum interest and comfort. Parrots triage their current location every moment of every waking hour. They are always on the look out for a better location, item or view.  We call it looking for trouble, they call it being a parrot. 

Now on those days I'll be gone for a while StopnGo Traffic needs to be dialed in for maximum in cage brain gymnastics. Double up the hanging toys, move them to strategically grouped areas for easy walk through/climb through, add more foot toys, add more food toys (as in a whole apple) add a surprise favorite food. They are going to be in there a bit so they need as much tactile, textural, tasteful and playful items as possible to compensate for the lack of StopnGo. I'm not worried about wing stretching or reaching or attempted flapping among the heavy overlay of entertainment and employment, because I will be back and cages in our home are not containment systems nor babysitters for long hours or days. We wouldn't have gotten a big flock if I was still working outside of the home, for this very reason. When I get home, I let every bird out and it's loud, crazy, blustering wings and busy chatter for about 30 minutes. After they burn their unspent fuel every bird sets out to find location, materials or food.

Cagescaping works best when it serves the day's purposes. Cagescaping and StopnGo Traffic planning is a primary tool to a very happy and inspired companion parrot. It's not about the fact wild parrots fly alot, and we have create that particular event. Wild parrots do more StopnGo 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. 

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