Exploratory chewing is
the way young parrots start to interact with, investigate and learn
about the world around them. Chewing is fun but it also
helps to answer questions such as:
Chewing is a
instinctual behavior that is also associated with foraging and nest building.
Nests are often burrowed into tree trunks or thick branches, a task which
requires a lot of chewing and shredding.
Chewing is nature's way of keeping a
parrot's beak fit and trim. A bird's beak, just like human
fingernails, is continually growing (up to 3" per year).
Just consider all the functions on which a bird must rely upon his beak
to accomplish and you will understand how critical it is to provide your
bird with chewing opportunities to help maintain his beak:
Defense from predators
The drive to chew can create
some problems if a bird is left to roam outside of his cage without supervision.
Many an antique, doorframe, window sill and favorite chair have fallen prey to
the almighty beak. Unsupervised exploratory chewing also poses
extreme dangers to our birds if they decide to chew on toxic plants, through
live electrical cords, etc. (Household Dangers)
Although you can't halt a
bird's drive to chew, this instinct can be re-channeled towards more appropriate
objects such as:
chewing outlets will be of great benefit to your bird's physical and emotional
health as well as to your own peace of mind.