Thanksgiving is just around the corner!! With it comes time for family and friends, a hearty meal and tons of desserts.
However, the holiday also brings safety hazards for your feathered friend(s). Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays we forget that dangers may be lurking nearby for our birds. Below are a few safety tips to help keep your parrots secure and happy during this festive season.
The Kitchen: The kitchen is full of hazards. All responsible bird owners know their bird should never be in the kitchen when they are cooking. During Thanksgiving it is doubly important to keep your bird at a safe distance. The extra activity and preparation increases the number of hazards. The safest thing to do is keep your bird in a different room on his parrot playgym or parrot stands playing with his bird toys. In this way he is happy, entertained and out of harm’s way.
Hot stovetops, boiling water and scalding pans can injure your parrot. Parrots have been known to fly into boiling water or stoves. They can burn their feet, wings or entire body. Additionally, avoid cooking with Teflon pans. These pans let off an odor that is extremely toxic to parrots. Within 2-5 minutes of being heated these pans let off the fumes that could kill your bird. The fumes are so potent they will infiltrate the entire house. So even if your bird is in another room, fumes from the kitchen could be deadly.
Another thing to keep in mind are the dishes your guests bring over. Friends and relatives may be unaware of how deadly Teflon is to parrots. They may accidentally bring a tasty meal in a Teflon pan and stick it in the oven to stay warm. If you are unsure, always ask guests what type of dish or pan they’re food is sitting in. If it is Teflon, switch the contents to a safer pan that will not harm your birds.
The Decorations—Decorating for the holidays is a lot of fun. Many people bring out fancy center pieces, baskets of synthetic fruit, candles and other ornaments. All these shiny, colorful decorations can be a real temptation for your parrots.
They may want to peck, bite or pull at your lovely decorations. Not only will this mess up your arrangements, it could also harm your feathered friend. Certain paints and finishes can poison your bird. They could also choke on small beads, foam pieces or other objects they pull off the decorations. As a result, do your best to keep your parrots away from your decorations.
The Guests—Not everybody knows how to interact with pet birds. Children may be too rough. Adults may accidentally forget to watch where they step. To keep your bird safe, make sure he is perched on a bird stand or parrot playgym so people can see him. Some birds may become overwhelmed with so many new people in the house. The noise and activity may cause them to feel stressed and anxious. When this happens, even the gentlest birds can bite. During your Thanksgiving festivities, keep a close eye on your parrot. Read his body language and look for cues that he may be starting to feel overwhelmed. If this happens, gently pick him up and place him in a different room in his bird cage with his parrot toys and other familiar items.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!