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Bird Safety Tips for your Home
By: Petey & Petunia
Here are some of the things you should be aware of to
keep your pet bird as safe as possible in the home.
Above all use common sense. You already are likely
aware of most of the items on our pet bird safety list below,
but we are all human, and sometimes just forget or have
other things on our mind.
* Non Stick or Teflon Coating
This coating is found on non stick cookware but also waffle
bread machines, irons, ironing board covers, curling irons, space
heaters, blow dryers and more.
* Kerosene or Gas type heaters which give off fumes
* Open Toilets, or any other deep water source. Once birds get
wet, it's ll over for them, they have no ability to swim.
* Pets, cats are notorious for stalking birds, even dogs cannot
* Electrical wires, extension cords...any wire a pet bird can
and inevitably will chew on.
* Poisoning....insecticides sprayed in the home, ammonia,
oven cleaner, glues, nail polish remover, paint, perfumes, heavy
and many other home cleaning products.
See our Recommendation for:
Pet Friendly Home Cleaning Products
* Poisonous plants and some foods are also a danger.
Go Here for a complete list of
Plants & Foods for Birds
* Toys...a bird can strangle themselves with ropes made to hang
toys. Rubber toys are a no no, birds have also been known to chew
plastic toys and swallow the pieces.
* Ceiling fans
* Windows and mirrors...birds can fly in to these and seriously
* Impure Air....wood and coal stoves are a big source of indoor
pollution, smoke will kill your bird quickly. Aerosol products
of any kind should not be used around your bird.
Cigarette smoke has been implicated in respiratory disease in pet
Carbon monoxide is also dangerous to birds, so use a carbon
monoxide detector in the home, and be careful not to run
your vehicle in an attached garage.
* Air Pollution....smog, dust in the air, exhaust fumes
all can be very harmful to your pet bird.
Birds have a very delicate respiratory system, it must
at all times.
Find out more about:
How air quality affects
your bird's health
* Tap water....birds are much smaller than humans and will
react to the chemicals in tap water, flouride and chlorine much
quicker. Both of these chemicals are toxic and can harm your
Even well and spring water often has high concentrations of
certain minerals and bacteria.
We recommend using Only steam distilled water. It is 99.9%
* Paint...in older houses the paint on the walls may contain
* Bird Cages....some older bird cages have components made
our of lead
* Scented Items...candles, potpourri, soaps, strong perfumes,
* Loud Noises....birds can become scared and stressed when
hearing loud, unfamiliar noises....stress leads to disease, being
can cause them to flutter and fly in to things harming
* Hot Water...check the temperature of the water before giving
it to your pet bird for a bath or drinking, also don't let your
fly around the kitchen when you are cooking, steam rising from
a boiling pot of water can cause the bird to be unable to fly
and possibly drop on to the hot stove or in the pot of boiling
Quick List of common items which will harm your pet bird:
Bleach / Chlorine
Flea Bombs and Collars
Hair Dye and Spray
Nail Polish & Remover
Permanent Wave Solution
Shoe Polish and Cleaners
Cheerfully Colorful Bird Calendars
Totally Irresistible Plush