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Old 11-24-2017, 12:32 PM
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Post How to keep your little one out of danger

Now I'm not the most experienced bird owner, but I've owned multiple budgies in the past, and I think most can agree that parakeets are one of the most fragile birds. I'm not saying all birds aren't fragile- because they are. Birds are wonderful, smart, and clever little things who'll end up in a mess of trouble a lot of times, even with the most hawk-eyed person.

I've heard multiple stories from loved ones on how they've mistakenly ended the lives of their precious little birds- and how much it hurts. As someone who's had a similar experience (a pretty traumatic one at that), you want to keep these lil' guys as safe as possible in their environment.

Now with that, it's onto the big question:

How do I keep it safe?

First off, not everyone can bird-proof their whole entire house, even if you can, birds are clever and can still get into trouble. While watching over your bird, keep an active lookout in its surroundings. See a sharp object that wasn't there before? Put it away. Someone turned something hot on and forgot it? Turn it off asap. See your dog/cat/little sibling charging at your bird? Don't go for the bird, go for the threat, once the threat is handled, gently but swiftly grab the bird. The bird will be confused and frightened, and may even bite, but keep your grip tight but gentle, and move it away from danger. Let it rest at it's cage for a bit to calm down.

What do I do if my budgie is in mid-danger?

The last thing you want to do is panic, panicking can wind you up with a dead bird and a broken heart. Remain cool, calm, and collected as you gently move your bird away from any danger. If it is bonded with you, put it on your shoulder and take it to it's cage, if it is not, keep it in your hand with a tight but gentle grip to avoid hurting it yourself. Keep one state of mind- protect, do not freak out, move with swiftness and gentleness, and remain calm to the best of your ability.

Honestly, I posted this thread in the budgie topic as they're one of the most fragile and easy-to-lose birds, but this seriously goes for any bird, even macaws. (With, of course, changing a few things such as how you get your bird out of the dangerous situation depending on their size and whatnot)

I really hope everyone's bird remains safe, healthy, and happy, and that I could provide good and accurate information from what I know and my experiences.
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How to keep your little one out of danger

Great advice! Just today I nearly had a HEART ATTACK as my mini schnauzer barrelled down the door and ran into the room... she ended up staring with a confused look at empty cages when the birds were sitting on their play stands right behind her!! I would hate to think what could have happened had she not been so clueless. She definitely got in big trouble for that. You’ve gotta be extra careful - I always have a sign on the door saying whether the birds are out of their cages or not, so that family members can be mindful if they choose to come in, and I lock the door when possible.
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Re: How to keep your little one out of danger

If my JoJo is out, doors locked!

This is a great companion to your post!
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Re: How to keep your little one out of danger

It's important to explore newly-discovered hazards and possibilities for freak accidents, but I have an idea it's the basics... the stuff "everybody knows"... the day-to-day easy-to-forget/overlook stuff. I try to have a little checklist litany before I let the Rbird loose. Toilet/windows/door/stove/fans. Candles, toxic plants and dangeous perch-places (like uncovered light-bulbs) are already long gone.

Even old-timers like me need an occasional reminder to stay vigilant. Thanks!
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Re: How to keep your little one out of danger

Wow, a checklist! I've never thought to make one, despite always being so paranoid about all this. Definitely going to hang something like that up in my room from now on.
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