Dangers For Birds!


*    Overheated non-stick cookware.  Even though you may think you might not be overheating them, accidents do happen.  Especially if small children are in the home and learning to cook, or the phone rings. Best to not use them at all.

*    Air fresheners (especially plug-ins).  It is best not to use any air fresheners so that there are no questions.

*    Aerosol sprays. Many types can kill a parrot including hairspray, paint, shoe dyes, water repellants, household cleaners, insect sprays [killers, repellents, flea spray, etc.]

*    Finger nail polish and remover.

*    Lead (can be found in many places you may not be aware of. This includes such things as: window calking, wine bottles, drapery weights, paint, stained glass, old window sashes and old houses [can be filled with lead]

*    Polyurethane being applied in another part of the house can travel through the airways and air systems.

*    Diseases in your home.  Diseases can linger in cages and airspace for months. If you bring a new bird into your home where a previous bird died, it is possible that the new bird will die from the same disease.  This often happens without the owners knowing that their previous bird had a contagious disease.

*    Bringing Diseases to your home. Be extremely cautious of bringing home bird toys from a bird store where the birds for sale are allowed in the same room as the toy area. Purchase packaged items, or purchase your product from someone that has NO birds in the area.

*    Cat Bites or scratches.  Even if they don’t look obvious or severe, need to be treated immediately with antibiotics by an avian vet — the bacteria in a cat’s mouth and claws, is VERY deadly and fast moving in birds.

*    Windows and mirrors. Birds can easily break their necks or receive a fatal blow to the head by flying into these objects. They are trying to fly through them but don’t realize they can’t.
Steam.  Steam coming from hot food cooking on the stove.  Birds are attracted to this and will fly right into a hot pan.

*    Standing water. Such things as uncovered toilets, buckets of water or other liquids, sinks filled with water, fish tanks, etc. can attract and drown a bird. Birds love to take baths and will attempt to do so at any cost (or at least they don't understand the cost).

*    Dogs can bring a heavy paw down too hard on a bird and kill it. The bones of a bird are quite fragile.

*    Ferrets and lizards very possibly will eat your bird.  Nature just calls.

*    A bad hair cut.  A bird with poor wing clipping can fall and break its breast bone or beak, causing serious injury requiring extensive care from an avian vet.

*    Veterinarians - It is imperative to locate a qualified AVIAN vet before you need one in an emergency situation. The average practicing vet is NOT schooled in the care of parrots and may make a fatal mistake while intending to help.

*    Sunflower seed - Feeding a diet heavy with sunflower seed is likely to cause damage to a parrot in captivity. Sunflower seed, peanuts, etc. are heavy in fat and may cause your parrot to become overweight. Liver damage may result from birds living on such diets for a long period of time and end up having heart attacks when placed under stress. Sunflower seeds should not be given to Amazons, but NEVER under any circumstances be ever given to Lories.

*    Dremmel tools used to grind beaks and toenails have been known to stress a bird enough to induce a heart attacks. Do not allow a Dremmel tool to be used on a bird that is easily stressed or an imported Amazon that has had a diet rich in fatty foods such as sunflower seeds and peanuts.

*    Cigarette smoke - BAD!! With their tiny delicate lungs, this is worse to birds then it is even to humans

*    Avocados - This is a controversial topic. Some birds die from eating it, some owners feed it with no ill effect. But I strongly advise to NEVER feed it to your beloved pet.

*    Apple Seeds.  Although apples are really great for birds, don't put the apple seed in with them.  It seems many birds have a bad reaction, and even death to the seeds.

*    Other birds - birds may fight when placed together. Never put two or more birds together without watching for compatibility. Watch large birds around small bird. Watch birds that land on other bird’s cages as they will bite off their feet or toes. Do not put two female lovebirds in the same cage. Do not add a new bird into an established territory.

*    Aviaries - I have found that the one exception to aviaries is adding Cockatiels to an aviary, as they are pretty docile, and can be done without a problem (most of the time).  But I have also found that lovebirds are rather nasty tempered, and probably should never be added to an aviary where there are any cockatiels. 

*    Corn-cob bedding can quickly turn moldy and cause deadly illnesses. Some birds will eat the corn-cob and it then may build up inside of them resulting in a blockage. Birds are able to reach the smallest of spacings in a grate to get at it. There are other alternatives on the market, or just paper is also great.

*    Young children should be supervised by an adult at all times. Your bird can also injury a child.

*    Cage covers or other materials around a bird’s cage can be pulled through the bars and chewed on. The resulting holes can entangle the bird and strangle it, or hang it up on the cage panicking the bird, which may also lead to death. Threads can also be a problem both internally and externally. Externally they may wrap around toes and not be seen until a toe falls off. Or, they may entangle other parts of the body.  So great caution must be used.

*    Ceiling fans should never be running whenever a bird can get at them, or is out of the cage.

*    Electrical cords within beak reach will be chewed on and will electrocute the bird.  Don’t let your bird anywhere near these, ever.

*    Toys should be examined for safety - just because a toy is on the market doesn’t make it safe! Many of the most popular toys on the market carry serious safety risk factors. Some of them include cotton rope, rags or cloth with threads hanging out of them (or even finely sewn cloth), bells, clips that attach the toy to the cage, etc. Any toy left in the cage, are the ones you need to pay particularly attention to.
Doors. Birds like to sit on the tops of open doors. They can be killed if someone closes the door or the wind blows it shut.

*    Flypaper and mousetraps - Deadly

*    Sleeping with your bird. Many people have rolled over in bed onto their bird.  I have Personally known sad owners that have done this.

*    Soaps of various types can cause serious illness or death.  Use only an avian soap for bathing your bird.

*    House-plants - some may be poisonous to your bird.  If you want to bath your bird, use only an avian soap.

*    Plastic items that jump out of place in the dishwasher and get stuck against the heating coil.  As it burns the fumes can harm your bird.

*    Hospital germicides or disinfectants sprayed in one part of the house can kill birds in another part of the house

*    Hiring outside help.  Any repairman or serviceman that comes into your home must be questioned, briefed and watched for any substances he may use that can be toxic to your bird(s).  This can also be true in spraying the outside of your yard.

*    Overheating. Being left in a very sunny window where the bird can’t escape the heat on its own. Many owners overheat their birds believing that the need to be kept in hot humid rooms.

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