Household Dangers

Birds are like children.  They will search out and discover dangerous situations faster than you can.  If you are not with your bird, keep him safely in his cage.  There are many household dangers that you can avoid.

Electrical wires and plugs -The obvious danger is from electrical shock, but the wire itself can cause problems.  Copper poisoning can result from ingestion of the shredded wire.  Perforation, peritonitis, and blockage can result from the physical presence of the wire in the bowel.

Lead - Lead poisoning is one of the most common diseases we see in birds.  Birds seem to love chewing on this soft metal.  Lead can be found in the solder of certain cages, on wine bottles, toys, costume jewelry, and so forth.  Hidden sources of lead include paints, linoleum, window putty, ceiling spackling, and many filler compounds.  Oil and acrylic paints can have pigments compounded from lead oxides or other dangerous heavy metals.

Teflon-type coatings - Non-stick coatings on cookware can produce toxic fumes.  We recommend that all coated cookware be discarded when birds live in the house.  As well, most heat lamps are coated, and deaths in zoo animals have been attributed to use of heating lamps.

Air pollutants - Since birds have such efficient respiratory systems, many things that are not harmful to us can kill a bird.  As a consequence, we recommend curtailed use of aerosol products: hair spray, insecticides, paint, room fresheners, etc.  Scented candles, incense, and smoking can be very harmful as well.

House plants - Many house plants are toxic, and we recommend that birds and plants not come into contact.

Prescription drugs - Birds love to play with bottles of pills.  Many human prescriptions are toxic to birds.

Alcohol - A bird can suffer from fatal alcohol toxicity even from a few sips of beer or wine.

Fans, doorways, and window sills - We highly recommend wing trims on pet birds.  Unfortunately, we see too much trauma and deaths from birds mixing with ceiling fans, curtain mechanisms, being squashed in a doorway, or flying out a window.  Always supervise your little friend and know where he is!

Non-bird-tested toys - If your bird can bite a hunk out of a toy, it isn't safe.  Also avoid "jingle bells" that work great as beak traps.  Use good common sense.

Carpet freshener and fabric softeners - These are actually toxic to birds, and should never be used on their laundry items.

Pets and children - Other pets can intentionally or inadvertently harm your bird (and we all know that sometimes the bird asks for it).  Children can frighten or mishandle a bird.  Strict supervision is always required.

Outdoor predators - Be careful when you put your bird outside in his cage for a little sunshine: Hawks are quite adept at grabbing birds through the bars, and cats can knock a cage over.  Don't ever leave your bird unattended.


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