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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed
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Foraging bird

The Importance of Foraging

In the wild, parrots exhibit four main behaviors:  social interaction, grooming, foraging, and sleeping. The vast majority of their days are spent foraging or searching for food.

Food is readily available for pet birds. A feeding process that should take hours, may take only minutes in the caged bird. Left with little to fill their days, some birds turn to excessive preening which, in turn, may lead to feather destructive behavior. Foraging behavior provides pet birds with physical and mental stimulation. 
 

Teaching Companion Parrots to Forage

Foraging appears to be a learned behavior that must be gradually encouraged in our companion parrots. Start slowly. Make food items easy to find at first, and then gradually work towards more complicated and challenging methods.

  1. Multiple Food Stations - Provide several bowls of food in the cage at various levels. Place a small amount of food in each dish, and ideally place different foods in each dish.  Also try offering food outside of dishes. Weave items  through cage bars, or wedge chunks between bar spaces. Food should not necessarily be present at each station.
     
  2. Conceal food items - Once your bird is used to different feeding stations, try hiding food from view:
     
    1. Begin by covering food bowls with a piece of paper or cardboard. Initially, poke holes in the cover so your bird sees food is in the dish. Gradually cover the bowl in such a manner that makes it more and more difficult to obtain food. Ultimately secure the cover to the bowl with masking tape. 
       
    2. Food may also be hidden in crumpled paper cups, twisted corn husks, cardboard paper rolls, PVC piping with holes and wooden tubes.
       
    3. Wrap food in large lettuce leaves or coffee filters. Slowly make food more difficult to access by twisting or fastening ends together with cotton rope or masking tape. Also, tuck wrapped items between cage bars or hang with clips.
       
  3. Commercial puzzle toys - Puzzle toys such as puzzle boxes, kabob skewers, and piñatas may be found on-line and in pet shops.  These items also encourage foraging behavior.
     
  4. Foraging trees - Foraging trees are an excellent way to encourage foraging behavior. Currently not commercially available, foraging trees must be constructed from large tree branches. Secure dishes or platforms at multiple levels. Vary the location of food to encourage true foraging behavior. 

Pointers for success

  • avian_foraging2Start slowly and make food items easy to find at first. Gradually increase the level of difficulty and complexity. 
  • Allow your bird to see you hiding food to stimulate curiosity and foraging. 
  • Monitor your bird’s progress. It may help, especially at first, to demonstrate where food is and how to find it. 
  • Use your imagination to make foraging fun, but always keep safety in mind. If you are unsure of the safety of an item, consult your avian veterinarian.
  • Be persistent! Pet birds often require repeated encouragement until foraging becomes a way of life. In fact, many hand-raised birds, will give up relatively easily when they cannot find food right away.

Orlando Diaz-Figueroa, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Specialty)
3/11

Veterinary Services

Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

Office Hours

WE ARE CLOSED FROM 12:00PM - 1:30PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS. DROP OFF AND PICK UP FOR OUR BOARDING FACILITY NO LATER THAN 5:00PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS AND NO LATER THAN 12:00PM ON WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS.  
DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed

4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY HOURS

Lake Howell Animal Clinic will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5. We will open again on Friday, July 6 from 7am-6pm.

If you have an emergency with your pet, please contact the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Casselberry at 407-644-4449.

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  • 856 Lake Howell Road Maitland, FL 32751
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