Valentine’s Day can be a special occasion for nearly everyone—including parrot owners. You can make the day memorable not only for that special someone in your life, but also for your feathered friend.
And you’re not alone! The National Retail Foundation estimated that pet owners would spend $367 million on their pets for Valentine’s Day. So why not join the fun? Think how surprised your bird will be to wake up to new a bird toy, a bird perch or Parrot Playgym.
As you get started planning for this special day, here are a few safety precautions to remember:
Avoid Candles: Decorating for Valentine’s Day can be fun. But as much as you enjoy the sweet-smelling aroma of a low-burning candle, the fumes can be toxic to your bird and the flame dangerous.
Hide the Bouquet: If a flower arrangement is sent to you, keep it out of your parrot’s reach. Some flowers can be toxic to birds. Avoid placing flower arrangements near your bird stand, bird perch, or parrot playgym. Instead tuck them safely away in a bedroom or behind a closed door.
Watch the Sweets: Chocolate and other candies are not an appropriate gift for your feathered friend. These products contain substances that can be very harmful, even fatal to your parrot. Avoid leaving candy boxes lying around.
Making Your Parrot’s Day Special
Here are a few ideas to make your parrot’s Valentine’s Day extra sweet:
Parrots love to eat. If you are looking for healthy treats, consider Lafeber Avi Cakes or Lafeber Nutri-Berries. My entire flock loves these healthy treats.
Buy a New Bird Toy:
Toys for birds are not hard to find. But instead of grabbing a cheap item off a store shelf, look for something extra special this year. There are bird toy companies who produce quality products your bird will love. At Fun Time Birdy you can find handcrafted bird toys, Parakeet bird toys, Cockatiel Bird toys, African Grey Parrot toys, Amazon Parrot toys and Cockatoo bird toys designed specifically with your bird’s needs in mind. These brightly colored toys for birds will keep your parrot entertained for hours.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your Feathered Friend from all of us at FunTime Birdy
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Continuing our list of tips of what not to do with your parrot…
7. Never place a large and small parrot in the same cage unless you are sure they get along. Some parrots can be extremely territorial and aggressive. If you have a parrot who is accustomed to being the only bird in his home (cage), and one day you place another bird in his cage besides him, he can become hostile to the new bird.
8. Never feed your parrot chocolate. Some foods simply aren’t healthy for your birds. Others are downright dangerous. Even in small portions, chocolate can be deadly to parrots. As a result, whenever you are hosting a party at your house, make sure there is no chocolate within your birds reach. Of course, you will also want to inform your guests not to feed your bird anything without your permission.
9. Never isolate your parrot from the family. Because parrots are flock animals and need the companionship of others, isolation can cause serious mental and physical issues. Birds that are kept in a cage and have little or no interaction with their owners become depressed and sullen. They may refuse to eat or play with their parrot toys. Some birds may resort to feather plucking, screaming or aggression. In order to have an emotionally healthy bird, provide them with plenty of family time! You can let you bird hang out with the family on their Parrot Playgym while everyone watches TV or plays games.
10. Never leave another pet alone around your parrot’s cage. Even if your Yellow Lab is the most docile dog in the world, do not leave him around your parrot’s cage unattended. Cats and other pets should also be kept away from your parrot’s cage. Remember both dogs and cats are hunters by nature and birds are animals of prey—seeing your parrot flutter around his cage may be too great of a temptation for your four-legged family member. Even if they only want to play, they could accidently harm your bird by pouncing on the cage.
11. Never feed a seed-only diet. Parrots love seeds. However, that is not the only thing you should serve them. Seeds are high in fat and in large quantities can cause your parrot to gain unnecessary weight. Even if your bird exercises vigorously playing with his bird toys, you should restrict the amount of nuts and seeds you provide.
12. Never adopt a parrot without knowing what you’re getting into. A parrot should never be an impulse purchase. These birds require extensive care, a stable home and an owner who will love them their entire life. You need to be ready to make this commitment before purchasing or adopting a parrot.
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