We all know the importance of “child-proofing” our homes when we have little ones running around. Well, the same policy holds true for feathered children. Your home is wrought with a thousand dangers that could potentially harm or kill your bird. Here are 7 tips for keeping your parrot safe and sound:
- Get rid of your non-stick cookware. These types of pots and pans can be deadly to your bird. Non-stick cookware releases an odorless gas that will poison your bird when inhaled. Try cooking with cast iron pans instead.
- Keep your Parrot Play Gyms and Bird Stands out of the kitchen while you are cooking. Your bird could seriously injure himself if he flies too close to a hot stove or a pot of boiling water. As a general rule, only have your bird in the kitchen with you when you are finished cooking and are ready to eat.
- Remove electrical cords from your parrots reach. Parrots love bird toys but they have difficulty distinguishing which items are actually bird toys and which ones are off limits. As a result, be sure your feathered friend does not have access to any electrical outlets or phone cords.
- Keep human food safely stored in the cupboard. If you routinely let your bird out of his cage take careful precautions that no toxic food is left lying around. Keep things like chocolate, alcohol, caffeine and salt well out of reach.
- Make sure ceiling fans are turned off. If it’s time to let your bird out of his cage to play with his bird toys or sit on his favorite playgym, flip OFF the ceiling fan. Your parrot could accidently get caught in the fan and killed.
- Cover windows and mirrors. When parrots see glass, they think it is open space that they can fly right through. If your parrot hits a window flying at full speed, he could seriously injure himself.
- Get rid of aerosol air fresheners and scented candles. Although you may love the aroma of these items, they could harm your bird. Parrots have extremely sensitive respiratory systems. So extra care should be taken to preserve their health.