12 Things you Should Never Do With Your Parrots, Part I

12 Things Not to do with your Parrot, Part 1Whether you’ve been a parrot owner for 20 years or just 20 days, here are a few helpful reminders that will assist you in preserving your feathered friends health and longevity:

1.  Never spray hairspray around your bird. Your parrot may be sitting next to you on his parrot playstand, watching you go about your daily routine, when you decide to fix your hair. At this point—STOP! You should never spray hairspray or perfume around your parrot. The fumes could cause respiratory distress or even death.

2.  Never light candles around your bird. Scented candles can make a home or bedroom smell fresh and beautiful—at least to us humans. However, when it comes to parrots, it’s a whole other story. The scent radiating from a burning candle can be toxic to your bird.

3.  Never leave your parrot in his cage 24-7. If you have a crazy, hectic schedule, there may be times when you are tempted to say “I simply don’t have any time to spend with my bird today.” Unfortunately this excuse can spiral out of control, causing some people to leave their parrots stuck in a cage for weeks on end. Even if your bird cage is loaded with bird toys, your parrot needs daily exercise and a change in pace. To make time for your bird, get up a half hour early or just let your bird follow you around the house as you go about your chores.

4.  Never yell at your parrot. This can teach your parrot that screaming is acceptable. If your parrot gets in the habit of screaming it will not only annoy you but it may also cause problems with the neighbors. Yelling can traumatize your birds causing them to become timid, aggressive or withdrawn.

5.  Never let your Parrot outside without being contained (he could fly away). Fresh air is healthy for parrots. However, don’t make the mistake of “letting your parrot explore” by himself. Parrots were made to fly and they will try to do exactly that. Clipping your parrot’s wings can be helpful in discouraging flight. A covered, outdoor aviary would be ideal for getting some fresh air.

6.  Never let your parrot ride lose in the car.  Whether you’re rushing off to the vet or simply taking a road trip, a parrot should never ride un-contained in a car. It is simply too dangerous. Always place your feathered friend in a bird carrier. To make your bird feel more comfortable, place some of his favorite parrot toys in the carrier with him.

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