Avian Enrichment and Parrot Enrichment Brainstorming in Colorado

I recently had the working vacation of my dreams.  Deb White invited me to Grand Junction, Colorado to work with her on enrichment ideas and videos.  I got to visit the home of Super Bird Creations, Avian Enrichment and Make Your Own Bird Toys.  After a few days of designing toy kits and coming up with DIY toy making ideas we took off to Houston, Texas to attend Parrot Festival 2014.

For those of you who may not know her, Deb White is dedicated to improving the lives of companion parrots through enrichment education and the manufacture of avian enrichment products.  Deb founded Super Bird Creations in 1992 with the goal of creating safe, fun and stimulating toys for companion parrots.  Super Bird Creations has grown to be one of the largest and most respected manufacturers of bird toys in the United States.  Deb White’s formula for success has been simple; an unwavering commitment to quality, innovative design, customer service and integrity.

Recognizing there was a need for a comprehensive approach to parrot enrichment and owner education, Deb wanted to do something more to help people understand the full spectrum of a pet parrot’s physical, instinctual and emotional needs.  The original concept for Avian Enrichment was a book.  However, deciding it was more important to make sure as many people as possible had unlimited and free access to the most up-to-date information, her book idea transformed into a website, www.AvianEnrichment.com .  In addition to having a wide variety of parrot toys and supplies, the Avian Enrichment website has over 90 articles on 12 easy to navigate essential topics that will help you enrich your bird’s life.  Deb is also owner of www.MakeYourOwnBirdToys.com and www.DancingParrot.com .

I have known Deb White for years.  Our friendship started through our mutual interest in parrot enrichment collaborating on enrichment tips and ideas as well as creating DIY toy making videos.  We had visited over the phone and on the internet but had not met in person until this visit.  Deb picked me up at the airport and drove me out to the Colorado National Monument for a quick tour before going to work.

Touring the Colorado National Monument

Touring the Colorado National Monument

The Colorado National Monument took my breath away.  But I must say I was equally impressed when I walked into Super Bird Creations.  I was walking through a warehouse of my dreams where you could find any parrot toy part imaginable.  My mind was racing and the opportunity for creating parrot enrichment items was unlimited.

Super Bird Creations Warehouse

Super Bird Creations Warehouse

The Production Room

The Production Room

At home I had been working on an idea for a hanging play area for smaller birds.  But I was stumped at how to attach a tray I wanted to use.  Deb suggested I use O-Rings.  I’ve never been able to work successfully with O-Rings but the folks at Super Bird Creations showed me how.

Penny teaches me how to open and close an O-Ring

Penny teaches me how to open and close an O-Ring

Once I learned the trick of opening and closing the O-Rings with two pair of pliers, I was empowered.  It was easy to attach the chain to the tray and create a terrific hanging play stand for little birds.  I took one back to the house for Deb’s Quaker to beta test.  This was one toy creation that received the parrot stamp of approval and it will definitely be a new toy kit for sale at MakeYourOwnBirdToys.com.  I’m already at work making the how to video and Deb is at work assembling parts to put the kit up on the website.

Working on a hanging play stand kit for MakeYourOwnBirdToys

Working on a hanging play stand kit for MakeYourOwnBirdToys

Sky is enjoying time on her hanging foraging play station.

Sky is enjoying time on her hanging foraging play station.

Time flies when you are having so much fun and before I knew it we were on a plane headed for Houston and Parrot Festival 2014.  National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation (NPRPF) presents the annual Parrot Festival for the purpose of education and fundraising.  This was my first time attending Parrot Festival and I’m here to tell you, if you haven’t attended Parrot Festival before, you will want to put this on your list of things to do, http://www.parrotfestival.org/.  I had so much fun; learned a great deal; met old friends and made new ones; and went home with a renewed enthusiasm for living with my parrots.

Karen Anderson, Paula Nowak, Nyla Copp, Kris Porter, Deb White at Parrot Festival 2014

Karen Anderson, Paula Nowak, Nyla Copp, Kris Porter, Deb White at Parrot Festival 2014

Time spent working on toy kits and toy ideas with Deb White flew by.  I left with hundreds of new ideas swimming around in my brain.  I will be working on more toy making videos and publishing them at Make Your Own Bird Toys YouTube channel to share with all of you.

Meanwhile here is how you open and close an O-Ring.

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Stay tuned to http://www.youtube.com/user/MakeYourOwnBirdToys for more DIY toy making videos coming soon.

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