So, your bird is officially part of the family. You’ve even nicknamed him The Green Lantern, he’s so fit and flapping. So, naturally, you’d love to give him free reign of the house. But before you do, you’ll definitely want to bird-proof it. Because the only thing ‘superhero’ about your feathered friend is that he can fly – unfortunately, there are many dangers around the house he wouldn’t be able to get himself out of.
That’s why we’re here to tell you how you can keep your Macaw safe when he’s out of his cage.
How to make a home-safe-home, for Polly.
First, you’ll want to close all windows, doors, closets and drawers, so your little jailbird doesn’t escape or become trapped. Making sure there are no open containers of water such as sinks, buckets and toilet bowls is also important, as our winged wonders aren’t exactly winning blue ribbons for swimming. (Tweety: Did someone say blue ribbons? My nest would look fabulous with some of those!)
Other household dangers you’ll want to do something about:
- Sharp, shiny objects – scissors, needles, tacks and pins. There are kinder ways to poke a Parrot, folks.
- Poisonous plants such as avocado, oleander, lupins and azaleas. Definitely keep these off Mr. Pickles’s menu, and out of sight.
- Aerosols and household cleaning products. Chemicals are definitely no good for Beaker.
- Smoke from cigarettes and other sources. Second-hand smoke is for the birds – not really. It actually isn’t healthy for ANY living thing.
- Ceiling fans and portable fans. A flying disaster waiting to happen.
- Paint fumes, insecticides and all other poisons. Don’t budgie on this one – always keep poisonous chemicals hidden.
- Other pets who might like to hunt them. Your Canary may not be a bird of prey – but he could become somebody’s KFC in minutes.
- Teflon® and non-stick cooking implements. The non-stick coatings can release different toxic gases when heated to certain temperatures. So, rather than winging it, just keep Chirpy away.
- Sharp edges on cages, bars too wide or broken bars. You hate to injure your little Lorikeet, so make sure his cage is in tip-top shape.
So, that’s all there is to bird-proofing, folks. Here’s to a lifetime of safe flights for your favourite Finch!