Safe Summer Fun with your Parrot
Summer is filled with outdoor activities, family fun and vacations. However, with all the hustle & bustle of summer there are a few precautions you should take to keep your feathered friend safe:
1. Clip your Bird’s Wings
During the summer months, parrots are prone to escaping. They may be playing on their parrot gym in the living room, when someone leaves the screen door ajar to let cool air into the warm house. The possibility of exploring the great outdoors may be too much for your parrot to resist. Birds can also fly out of open windows (especially if the screen is torn). By trimming your bird’s flight feathers, you can prevent these types of escapes. If you prefer not to trim your bird’s wings, be sure they are safely confined to their birdcage whenever the doors or windows are open. Also, be sure your screens are in good condition to prevent escape.
2. Watch out for Ceiling Fans
Since summer brings warm weather, many of us try to keep our homes cool by circulating the air. However, ceiling fans pose a hazard for birds. If your bird’s wings are not clipped, he could accidentally fly into the fan, fatally injuring himself. If your bird can fly, keep your ceiling fans off. Use air-conditioning instead.
3. Make sure your bird has access to shade at all times
While we all love the sun—its warm rays can harm your Feathered Friend if he or she is overexposed. If your bird cage is near a window, make sure there is always a shady spot in the cage. You may want to move your bird’s cage to a different area in the house that is cooler.
4. Protect your Parrot from mosquitoes
West Nile Virus, a deadly avian condition, is alive and well during the warm months of summer. It is generally transmitted through mosquito bites. If you live in an area that has a high population of mosquitoes, avoid taking your bird outside. If you want your birds to enjoy some fresh air, keep them in a screened area. Outdoor aviaries are a good option. However, you may need to stretch a screen across the wire enclosure to keep the mosquitoes out. You could also screen off your back porch or another area for your feathered friend.
5. Watch out for Picnic Hazards
Many parrot owners enjoy taking their birds outside so they can participate in family picnics or other festivities. Be sure to keep your parrot under close supervision at all times. Smoke from a barbeque or campfire can be toxic and even deadly to parrots. You will also need to keep an eye out for predators—such as dogs, cats or hawks. If you have an outdoor swimming pool or pond, keep your Feathered Friend at a safe distance. He could easily drown.
By taking a few, simple precautions, you’ll be able to enjoy a safe, fun summer with your feathered friends!!