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Keeping Your Bird Safe and Happy During the Holidays

Keeping your Bird Safe

Holidays are a fun, exciting time of year. They are packed with activities, parties, family gatherings, gifts and delicious food. However, parrot owners should not underestimate the effect of these holiday changes on their feathered friends.  They should also be aware of certain hazards that could potentially harm their bird. Here are a few ways you can keep your parrots safe and happy as we celebrate the upcoming holidays:

  • Monitor your pet’s stress level. Birds are creatures of habit. They enjoy a regular routine and predictable schedule. Any changes in routine can cause your bird to feel anxious and stressed. For example, your feathered friend may start to feel upset if he is waiting for his dinner which is already an hour late. He may ignore his bird toys if he feels scared by the presence of strangers in the house. Watch your bird closely to determine whether or not he is feeling stressed. If you think the excitement is too much for your bird, place his parrot stands in a quiet room where he can enjoy some peace.
  • Keep ornaments and decoration out of your parrots reach. If your house is filled with shiny trinkets, a beautifully Christmas tree and other decorations, you should not allow your bird to wander around unattended. Tinsel, artificial snow and certain holiday plants, such as poinsettias and holly, could harm your bird if ingested. Your bird’s curious beak could also ruin your decorating job. In order to keep your bird’s mind off your decorations, provide him with an ample supply of bird toys. Just for fun, try to find toys that are engaging, shiny or have some sort of holiday flair.
  • Keep the air fresh. Birds have sensitive respiratory tracts. Strong smells such as candles, aerosol sprays or air fresheners can irritate their lungs. In most cases, these fumes can be toxic. If you want your home to smell festive, consider some natural alternatives. For example, heat a saucepan of water mixed with cinnamon and cloves. Let it simmer on your stove. This will fill your home with a delicious holiday smell, while keeping your pet birds safe.
  • Don’t forget to include your pet in the festivities. While you don’t want your parrot begging for table scraps from his bird stand , you can still make him feel special this holiday season. Consider buying your pet some new bird toys or perhaps even a new bird perch.

Have a Happy and safe Holiday Season!!!

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

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Holiday Safety Tips for this Holiday Season

Holiday Safety Tips for your Bird

Holiday Safety Tips for your Bird

I posted this article last year at this time and I think it is worthy of a re-post.

With the holidays quickly approaching us, I wanted to write about 4 safety tips that every parrot owner should know for the holidays.

Safety Tip #1:

Be very careful of non-stick cookware and teflon.  All humans who share their homes with birds should have a non-stick (teflon) cookware free home.  However, during the holidays well meaning family members and guest(s) (who are not bird people) may bring you goodies to warm up or cook in your oven.  You may not even realize that the dish their treat was prepared in is non-stick teflon.

What can potentially happen is that you may pop their goody in the oven to cook or warm up and get involved with something else only to find that the dish has overheated and become lethal to your birds.

Safety Tip#2

Another potential safety problem for your beloved bird is your bird flying out an open door during the holidays.

As a bird lover you want to show off your bird for all your family and friends.  However, if your birds wings are not clipped or even if they are, there is the potential for your bird to fly out an open door.  Of course, this can happen at any time but it is most prone to happen during the holidays.  What happens is that your bird is out of the cage and on a playgym perch or even your shoulder so that your best friend can have a chance to enjoy all your friends and family but your baby is not used to being around all these people and strange looking packages and gifts.  Something can scare your bird and within one moment he or she can be right out the door.

The best thing to do is wait until all your guest have settled in.  Make sure your bird is far away from a room that is near a door and then let them interact with your guests.  Warn everyone ahead of time that if they need to open the door that they must give you a warning so that you can move your bird to safe place.

I can think of nothing worse then one of my birds flying out my door during a holiday or anytime for that matter.

Safety Tip #3

Well meaning guest(s) may want to feed your feathered child.  This is natural because they want to make friends with your bird (and who wouldn’t… LOL).  Non bird people do not know what can be potentially dangers to a bird.

The best way to pre-plan for this situation is to have a bowl of bird safe foods all set up near your bird so that any guest who may want to feed your baby can feed him/her with your bird approved mix of foods.  This way everyone can have a safe and fun holiday.

Safety Tip #4

This tip comes from my own experience with my Cockatoo Marshmellow.  I had some friends over with their children.  Now I must explain that their children already new Marshmellow and interacted with her before.  Their children also have Cockatiels in their home so they knew about birds.

However, during the evening Marshmellow became nervous from all the activity in the house and when my friend’s daughter reached over to pet her, Marshmellow lunged at my friend’s daughter.  No one was hurt thank goodness.  Marshmellow is a gentle giant and the only person in the world I have ever seen her bite is me. (LOL)

My concern here is that any bird even the most gentle bird(s) can get nervous or over anxious with lots of people and excitement in the house.  Be very careful when allowing friends and family to approach your bird in a holiday situation.  Read your bird’s body language carefully before allowing anyone to handle your bird.   As you know, most birds will let you know ahead of time how they are feeling.  I wish I had read Marshmellow’s body language that day.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!!!!!!!!

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy