The following are 13 useful tips to help you properly bird-proof your home to eliminate any possible household Hazards, let’s go on:
1- Manage Potential Escape Artists:
When you adopt your first bird, it’s easy to forget that your entire lifestyle might need to change. The habits you’ve adopted over the years might be tough to shake. Yet it’s important to be aware of your habits before your bird even enters your home. Open windows and doors are one of the main reasons why your bird might escape. Many pets cannot survive in the wild or will not know how to readapt once they’re gone from it. Make sure your bird stays safe in your home by abiding by these few tips.
If your bird stays in a cage all day, make sure the cage is always latched shut. It’s easy to forget to latch cages when your hands are full or you’re in the middle of clearing out bird waste. Maybe you’re feeding your bird or giving it a drink of freshwater. Make sure to lock the door properly whenever you back out of the cage. You don’t even need to turn around for your bird to make an escape. These animals are extremely clever creatures and can fly past you on a moment’s notice.
Even if your bird lives in a birdcage, you still want to make sure your windows are properly treated – in case your bird should break free. If your bird flies free throughout your home all day, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to these tips to ensure it doesn’t escape or hurt itself.
Windows should always be kept shut. Make sure you install proper screens in your home, so you can open your windows in the summertime or when you need to let in the fresh air. You should check your screens at least once a month for rips, tears or holes to make sure your bird cannot escape. Sometimes these animals have difficulty seeing screens on the windows, so choose screens that are easy to see and made with darker colored materials.
Your bird might have difficulty seeing glass windows; they often think that your glass window is simply a great way to fly away. Like how outside aviary animals sometimes fly into clean windows, inside animals can fly into windows they can’t see as well. Place decals on your windows, so your bird doesn’t think your window is the greatest escape plan in history.
Installing curtains, blinds and other window coverings can help your bird steer clear of windows. This can help deter your bird from flying out an open window or keep your bird from hurting itself by flying into the glass. A thick drape can also ensure that direct sun isn’t shining on your bird and causing it to overheat during the day. If your bird lives in a cage, make sure the cage stays in the shade throughout all times of the day.
Keep an eye out for open doors and skylights too. It’s easy to miss these escape routes if you’re not looking for them.
If your bird does not live in a bird aviary , clipping its wings can keep it from flying away or flying to areas of the house that could be dangerous (for me I don’t like clipping). Ceiling fans and vents can be especially dangerous for your bird because they are difficult to reach.
2- Keep a Comfortable Climate:
Make sure your home doesn’t get too warm or too cold. Make sure the temperature of your home stays the same during the hours you’re away at work and the hours you’re at home. Be careful that your bird isn’t in the way of a draft. Similarly, don’t let the heat blow directly on your bird either. Turn off your fans any time your bird is out of its cage.
3- Watch Where You Step:
Most bird accidents happen because of human error. It’s much easier than you’d think to step on your bird. Many birds love playing games and hiding, so it’s normal for them to want to be underfoot. Make sure your bird isn’t in your cupboard, refrigerator, microwave, washer or dryer before you close and operate these items. Check underneath recliners for your bird before lowering the footrest; your bird could have easily climbed underneath only to be crushed in the closing mechanisms. Don’t allow your bird on couches or in your bed as you could easily crush your bird standing up, sitting down, or rolling over.
4- Electric, Heat and Fire Hazards:
There are plenty of electric, heat and fire hazards in your home for your bird to get into. Keep your bird safe from these hazards by keeping your home bird proof with these methods.
Keep your bird out of your office or any place where you have an excessive amount of electrical wires. Keep your wires in pet-proof sleeves. You can also spool your electrical wires through PVC pipes to keep your bird safe. For some reason, birds seem to instinctively know where to find the electrical wiring in your home. The more material you put between your bird and electricity, the better chance you have at keeping your bird safe. Check your electrical wires twice a month for holes or peck marks. If you suspect your bird is getting close to the electrical wires, change your sleeves or PVC pipes immediately and employ a stronger method of protection.
Reconsider your addiction if you smoke tobacco products or marijuana products. Recreational smoke can harm your bird’s lungs far worse than it can harm your own. This kind of smoke can leave a film on your walls and surfaces that your bird can inhale. Your bird can also get into tobacco marijuana products and attempt to eat them. Keep all smoking products and paraphernalia locked away from your bird. Even leaving out a spare cigarette or snuff can lead to serious illness or even death.
Don’t leave space heaters on when you’re not home; they are potential fire hazards. Don’t let your bird out of its birdcage when the space heater is on or is still hot; if your bird walks or flies too close to the heater, it could be burned or singed. Even small heat sources, like candles, incense or lightbulbs, can be a hazard to your bird and should be turned off when your bird is roaming free.
Keep an eye on your fireplaces to ensure the fire isn’t a danger to your bird. Fireplaces can expel smoke and soot if you’re not careful – all of which could end up in your bird’s lungs. Stray embers can also create a fire hazard or burn hazard for your bird. Never light a fire when your bird is out of its cage, and make sure all embers have been extinguished before opening the Cage door.
5- Kids and Birds:
Kids – like your bird – can be blessings and causes for safety concerns. Make sure your kids and your bird get along to ensure they all stay safe. Make sure your kids also know the rules when it comes to your bird. Make sure that your children are old enough to be around the bird; many toddlers cannot understand why a bird doesn’t want to play or interact with them. Use your bird as a teaching tool for your kids. Your little ones can learn about caring for another living thing, empathy and responsibility through your bird. Show your children how to hold and handle the bird. Make sure your bird knows where it can go if playing with your child becomes too intense. Teach your child to allow the bird some space when necessary.
6- Your bird and Other Pets:
Other pets can be a major hazard for your bird. Though you love your animals all equally, they might not all get along the way you want them to. Never leave your bird alone with other animals. Make sure your bird’s cage is far away from other animals; many animals might want to jump or play with your bird as it is in its cage. Keep your fish aquarium where your bird cannot reach it. Your bird can easily become stuck in the aquarium and drown. Similarly, heat lamps in reptile homes can be a burn or fire hazard for your bird. Litter boxes should be far away from your bird too because the chemicals in the litter can be harmful to your bird’s lungs and digestion system.
7- Hazardous Rooms – the Kitchen
The kitchen might seem like the best place to keep your bird; however, there are tons of reasons why you should keep your feathered friend away from this room. Since water seems to be everywhere in the kitchen, including in the sink, cups and bowls and animals’ water bowls, this area can be a drowning hazard for your bird. There are plenty of fire hazards, like the kitchen stove. Your bird could easily be cut by a sharp knife, fork or skewer. If your bird gets into cooking oil or butter, it could get these substances on its feathers. it could also easily eat a food that is toxic, like chocolate, beans, onions or caffeinated substances.
8- Hazardous Rooms – the Bathroom:
Like the kitchen, the bathroom is a place where many first-time bird owners plan to keep their new friends. Yet the bathroom is just as hazardous as the kitchen. Like in the kitchen, the bathroom has plenty of opportunities for drowning. Keep vitamins and medicines locked away from your bird. Never use curling or straightening irons near your bird because the fumes could be deadly. These items could also burn your bird if it flies too close to them. Mirrors can be just as dangerous as windows, so make sure your bird steers clear of them. Or, place decals on your mirrors like you would on your windows.
9- Chemicals and Cleaning Products:
Everyday household chemicals and cleaning products can be extremely hazardous. Keep all cleaning products – even all-natural ones – locked in a cupboard. Even laundry detergents, dryer sheets and spray starches can be very dangerous for your animals. You should even keep perfumes, dyes and beauty products as far from your bird as possible. Keep your laundry locked in a closet; it’s easy for your bird to climb inside piles of laundry and get tossed in the washing machine or crushed during transport.
10- Keep Heavy Metals in the Garage: Heavy metals, like zinc and lead, can be very hazardous. Make sure all metal materials stay in the garage or in a safe space. Some other products that are made of heavy metals include padlocks, keys, golf balls, zippers, jewelry, stained glass, rug pads, lotion, shampoos and mirrors. Make sure your pet doesn’t go near rat poisons, insecticide, roach poisoning or wood preservatives that can be loaded with arsenic.
11- Carbon Monoxide and Your bird:
Just like other living things in your home, carbon monoxide can cause fatal damage to your bird. Make sure your bird isn’t in or near the garage because your car can give off noxious fumes. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to ensure the levels are safe for people, bird and other animals.
12- Poisonous Plants and Substances:
Other chemicals and living things can also be harmful. Make sure you don’t leave out weed killers, pesticides or other substances meant to kill plant life. Keep poisonous plants, like certain types of ivy, poinsettias and hemlock away from your bird – and if possible, out of the home. Cat collars, flea repellant, human bug spray and other chemicals should also be marked, locked away or thrown out prior to your bird entering your home. It’s not easy bird-proofing, but your bird will thank you for it.
13- Other Hazards to Keeping your Bird Indoors:
Some other hazards that are easy to miss include certain decorations, like tinsel, glass balls, chandeliers, crystal vases, balloons and ribbons. Many of these are choking hazards for your bird or can easily fall and crush your bird. Be cautious of other items that make your home shiny, like furniture, metal or glass polishes and cleaners. Don’t leave small objects lying around your home, like loose change, marbles or decorative beads.