Home Hazards to Pet Birds

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In a recent alert, we warned about fumes from teflon-coated pots and pans. But there are other hazards in your home that can harm your bird. Birds have very sensitive respiratory tracts and just a small whiff of something harmful or play with some objects can prove fatal. Here are some hazards to be on the lookout for.

Water-filled bathtubs, raised toilet seats and aquariums can cause drowning. Leave toilet seats down and cover aquariums when your bird is out of the cage. If your tub is full, keep your bird out of the bathroom.

Moving ceiling fans, electrical wires, all appliances present dangers.

Dogs and cats can ignore or be friendly with your bird, but close supervision is advised. After all, birds can look like prey to your other pets.

Smoking in the house is another hazardous toxin for birds. And it’s not good for you either.

Never light a fireplace in the same area your bird is. The fumes can kill and you don’t want your bird flying near the area.

When your bird is out of the cage. cover mirrors and windows or any reflective surfaces to avoid having your bird fly into them. Eventually the bird will not to fly at these objects.

Make sure the temperature is stable. If you are too cold or too warm, your bird feels the same.

Don’t leave foods around that are poisonous to birds. According to the ASPCA, these include :

  • avocados
  • onions
  • garlic
  • chocolate in any form
  • coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • tea
  • yeast dough
  • salt
  • tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • potato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • rhubarb leaves
  • cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • moldy or spoiled foods
  • alcoholic beverages

Care must also be taken with houseplants:

  • aloe (Aloe vera)
  • avocados
  • Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
  • cyclamen species
  • dieffenbachia species
  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • ficus species
  • kalanchoe species
  • madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)
  • philodendron species
  • pothos or devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureus)
  • schefflera species
  • snake plant (Sansevieria trifiscata)
  • tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • potato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • rhubarb leaves

If possible, clear plants from the area where your bird will be flying about.

Burning candles, incense, scented oils, scented candles, air sprays, air fresheners, cigarette smoke, all can prove harmful to your bird.

When your bird is out of the cage, use care when opening and closing doors. Be sure that windows are secure.

Birds are attracted to shiny objects like jewelry, buttons, pins. Try not to leave these items where your bird can play with them.

We all have some of the items mentioned in our homes. Just be aware of the possible dangers to your bird and take proper precautions.

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