Keep Your Parrots Safe this Holiday Season

It is that point of yr once more and Christmas can be right here earlier than you recognize it. How time flies! Right here is your pleasant reminder to assist preserve your parrots protected as we enter one other vacation season. Do not forget to share this with your folks!

A bit planning, some supervision, and some issues to be careful for can go a good distance towards each you and your hen having a cheerful vacation. If I’ve forgotten something, please let me know and I’ll construct on this text for subsequent yr!

Stress

Everyone knows Christmas generally is a anxious time for us people. Our parrots should assume we have now misplaced our minds. New folks round, unusual decorations, and so on. Follow your hen’s common schedule as a lot as potential, do not forget the lovin’ and playtime. Oh, and ensure there may be loads of time for a superb night time’s sleep for each you and your hen.

Decorations

Watch out of Angel Hair, it is spun glass and that simply cannot be good for anybody that eats it. Tinsel and garland are one other huge concern, it could possibly trigger intestinal obstructions if ingested. I do not know what sorts of decorations you might have at your home, however simply remember that they’re unfamiliar to your hen and so they could or could not panic on the sight of a few of them. Many decorations are product of poisonous or probably poisonous supplies like totally different plastics, scented pinecones, hidden wires product of who is aware of what, stuff that’s sprayed on so decorations look “recent” longer. And do not forget the frequent on a regular basis issues mendacity round that would trigger issues similar to rubber bands, string, ribbon, tape, tacks, little nails, glue, and so on.

Candles and Smelly Stuff aka Fragrances

Candles with lead wicks might be poisonous, normally you will see them in low-cost imported candles. Burning candles with fragrances could be very irritating to your hen’s delicate respiratory system. These candles with “important oils” in them that scent nice to you might be HIGHLY TOXIC WHEN BURNED. Strive 100% beeswax candles as a substitute. They’re costlier, however burn 5 to seven occasions longer, aren’t scented and burn cleaner. One different phrase of warning – burns and wax spills have been identified to occur when a wayward hen collides with a candle so ALWAYS watch your candles and your hen, do not go away both of them with out supervision. I’ve a rule, IF I mild a candle it is 100% beeswax and the parrot gang must be of their cages.

Potpourri, air fresheners, and a number of different smelly spraying issues irritate the daylights out of your hen in so some ways. (In addition they irritate me, so it’s not an issue for my birds as a result of I do not use them in my residence.) Try to go for one thing extra pure in the event you really feel the necessity to “scent” your home. Warmth up some water in a pan on the range and throw in a couple of natural cinnamon sticks, that smells yummy. Oh sure, cannot neglect this one NO SMOKING AROUND THE BIRDS – PERIOD!

Lights and Electrical Cords

Make sure that these are hid in addition to potential so little birdie brains do not get any sensible concepts and wish to play with them. They might get shocked (as in in all probability killed) or burned by chewing on them. If they’re unfastened, they may get tangled in them.

Crops

I feel most individuals with parrots know by now that Poinsettias and Holly are harmful if eaten, however do you know that Philodendron, Ivy and Mistletoe are additionally. In case you did not there’s is not any excuse now. These crops have the potential to trigger life threatening issues on your parrot if eaten!

Dressing up Birdie

Not that you’d do it, however watch these little ones. They appear to assume it is a good suggestion to stay bows on (ouch) or drape ribbon over and round birds. Discuss a strangulation hazard. Ribbon or string could trigger intestinal obstructions in the event that they eat it.

Meals and Drink

Alcoholic drinks, scorching chocolate, espresso, and the ever-present eggnog are well-liked drinks at Christmas time. If your house is something like mine, there are yummy fattening human goodies in every single place like cookies, sweet, desserts and deserts. Watch that your birdie would not get into the vacation spirit this fashion! I wish to put some water in a darkish espresso mug (a reproduction of mine) and provides the fids sips out of that. I do not know what they assume it’s, nevertheless it’s in a espresso mug like mine and they’re completely happy to drink it. Maintain some good recent treats readily available on your birdies to munch on. I like pea pods, birdie bread, almonds and a bit fruit. That manner they will not really feel not noted and I’ve to maintain Zeke (African Gray) from saying “Mmmm, need some?” all night time lengthy.

Non-Stick Coated Surfaces

Be further cautious to not overheat any non-stick cookware or something with a non-stick floor! These poisonous fumes can kill birds very quickly flat. I do know this warning has been round for a very long time, however with further cooking happening, I assumed I’d remind you all once more.

Individuals

Having friends over? I do know you’d by no means feed your hen something it isn’t imagined to have or topic it to further stress, however watch your friends. Make sure that they do not give your hen something to eat or drink that would trigger an issue. After all, for us hen lovers, it nearly goes with out saying to verify they aren’t inflicting the hen any undue stress like poking their fingers within the cage or simply typically annoying your hen. Present them the place the appropriate hen treats and provides them a rule run down about being good to parrots.

Hearth

Need a good heat hearth within the hearth? Is your hearth in good condition or is that this the primary time you can be utilizing it this yr? What sort of wooden are you burning? Is the damper open? Test these “immediate hearth logs” and ensure they don’t comprise lead or arsenic. DO NOT BURN WRAPPING PAPER OR PRESSURE TREATED WOOD EVER! It is fantastic to have a fireplace so long as your hearth is working like a ought to, has some sort of guard throughout the entrance, and is being vented correctly.

Wrapping Paper

Wrapping “paper” is a stretch. A number of these harmless wanting colourful papers comprise poisonous substances. Don’t permit your hen to eat it and DO NOT burn it in your hearth. If you’re going to wrap a gift on your hen, please use plain paper. If worst involves worst, use a sheet of a black and white part of a newspaper.

Timber

Might scare the daylights of your feathered pal. Take it sluggish and by no means place the tree the place your parrot can chew on it.

Synthetic Snow or Flocking

I could not discover wherever that mentioned these had been positively a hazard, however they aren’t meant to be ingested and I’m fairly darn positive they aren’t good on your hen in the event that they inhale the fumes of that stuff both. When if doubt, simply skip it. It is simply not value it.

Open Doorways / Home windows

With all the additional commotion happening across the holidays a bit further precaution about open doorways appears to be so as. Individuals going out and in, packages and meals being carried out and in, level is that your door will in all probability get a exercise. Not solely that, however new issues like bushes or huge containers, may startle your hen and so they could panic and fly. Simply be sure you little feathered pal is out of hurt’s manner and never within the direct path of the chilly air.

Have a Secure and Glad Vacation Season

Please, I do not wish to hear about any accidents this vacation season. You all know what to do. And a message to your hen: (It is not you. The people actually ARE out of their minds for a few weeks a yr.) Bear in mind, a bit precaution and supervision go a good distance in maintaining everybody protected and completely happy!

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