Exotic bird toys
Enrichment type:
physical
Items Required:
bird toys, colorful ribbons, streamers, posters
Species:
all

Exotic Bird Toys

Hang up bird toys for poultry to play with or peck at for entertainment. Research conducted by Church et al., 1992 found that novel objects, providing a diversity of tactile, visual, and auditory stimuli, hung in front of one row of caged within reach of the caged hens, improved foot and feather conditions. Enriched hens were more confident in a novel environment.

Sources

  1. Church, J. S., Tennessen, T., Webster, A. B. 1992. Environmental enrichment influences on body weight, feathering, food condition and behaviour of caged white leghorn hens. Journal of Animal Science 70(Supplement 1), 175 (Abstract).
  2. Baroli, D., Ghiandoni, S., Mantovani, C. et al. 1997. Environmental enrichment device and egg production in laying hens. In: Proceedings of the European Symposium on Poultry Welfare. Koene, P. , Blokhuis, H. J. (eds), 107-108. Ponsen and Looyen, Wageningen, Netherlands.