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Old 06-30-2017, 01:29 PM
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

A suggestion, as new dangers are brought forward and added to this, I feel it would be a good idea to edit post number one so that someone does not get lost trying to read through the entire thread!
Having said that, there is a danger I would like to add that I do not believe I saw! And as one who is owned by a green cheek conure, for me this is a very real danger! These little guys will climb into anything! We have a member who lost their's in a dryer, poor thing died, we also have a member that lost theirs in a freezer, that one lived! For me personally I had to disassemble my dresser when I was letting my little guy climb inside my drawers he went in behind them and couldn't find his way out!
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:42 AM
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

wow I only just came across this thread. One thing I'd like to add to this is temperature. Not something we ordinarily think of but it can and does kill.

If it's too hot then putting your parrot in the cage and opening the windows is an excellent way to get some cool air moving around. Vice-Versa if it's chilly then turning the heating up a couple degrees is worth the bill when it keeps your parrot happy!
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Very informative and interestingly written!
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Old 12-17-2017, 05:25 PM
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Great thread. I NEVER tire of reading warnings/hints/advice.
Also, I have a pet theory that it's the basics... the stuff "we know"... 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.
Not even a few days ago, I let the Rb out and spotted an open toilet a little while later. He's too horrible to let out of my sight, EVER, so I doubt he could get into trouble, but still...
Better to read reminders than to have a tragedy.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:23 PM
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

And I've got yet another to add. One that hadn't really occurred to me before the other day. When you have your bird out of the cage at night, make sure everyone in the house knows it. Why?

Well, one night I'd gotten home late from work and both my ekkies were giving me the side eye something fierce, so I took them out for a little daddy time before bed. (It was around 11:00 at night, but as I said, the stares were fierce!) After a few minutes, Jolly decided to take a few laps around the house to stretch his wings. A usual occurrence, hereabouts. We were in the kitchen, so he flew to the dining room, up to the elevated living room, down to the foyer, around to the family room and back to the kitchen to land on my shoulder. (Or head, depending on his mood.) After maybe two more laps, he settled down on my shoulder to hang and collect a few head and beak rubs (not to be outdone by Maya, of course!)

It was around this point that my wife came downstairs for something. As her hands were going to be full on the way back up, she turned off the living room and foyer lights on the way down. And of course Jolly picked that moment to fly another lap. Of course, flying from the brightly lit confines of the kitchen into the darkness of the dining room and kitchen left him virtually blind. He pulled off most of the lap by memory, but crashed headlong into the foyer wall.

There were a few drops of blood, but nothing too serious. And he wasn't dazed or confused, so despite the jack-hammering of my heart I realized soon enough that he was going to be fine. But it could've ended on a far more tragic note. As careful as I am in every way when it comes to them, as quickly as that I could've lost him. So make sure everyone knows to make sure the birds are back in their cages before turning off all of the lights for the night.
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Thanks a ton I love this site and hopefully will learn about taming cockatiels.
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

I noticed that one of the things listed for bird safety is the danger of the self cleaning oven. Other than the heat, is there something else that is involved with that process that could be dangerous to pet birds?

I have a self-cleaning oven and I have used it before with my previous bird in his cage in the kitchen and haven't ever had a problem. Of course I find this very concerning and will remove my bird from the kitchen in the future, I just need to know if I need to take him upstairs - or if moving the cage into an adjoining room would be sufficient?

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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Quote: Originally Posted by Brdldy58 View Post
I noticed that one of the things listed for bird safety is the danger of the self cleaning oven. Other than the heat, is there something else that is involved with that process that could be dangerous to pet birds?

I have a self-cleaning oven and I have used it before with my previous bird in his cage in the kitchen and haven't ever had a problem. Of course I find this very concerning and will remove my bird from the kitchen in the future, I just need to know if I need to take him upstairs - or if moving the cage into an adjoining room would be sufficient?

Thank you.
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The danger with self-cleaning ovens is not only the extreme temperature both within and outside (directly in the confined area between the stove /oven and the 'wood' cabinets) and they exhaust 'everything' into the kitchen.

Never have or move your Parrot(s), young children and/or any one with health problems 'upstairs.' Warm air rises and with it, all the impurities in it. If you do not have an exhaust fan in your kitchen that exhausts to the great outdoors, install one!

Use a drip pan under what you are cooking, just like your Grandmother did. That will assure that the issue regarding needing to clean an oven just goes away!
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Never have or move your Parrot(s), young children and/or any one with health problems 'upstairs.' Warm air rises and with it, all the impurities in it. If you do not have an exhaust fan in your kitchen that exhausts to the great outdoors, install one!
This is so true! I ran into complications of this sort once, myself. Here's the link to my thread about it: A cautionary tale...
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Hi my user name is Michele. I have owned parrots all my life starting at 7 years old. My first bird was Crackers and then Buttercup-both Conures. Crackers lived a long life of 22 years. Buttercup escaped never to see her again.
I bought my first large parrot a Blue Front Amazon- Reilley I had Reilly for 15 years. He suffered from Bird HIV and eventually died from respiratory failure. Then I bought a baby Grand Electus (male) named Ziggy. Then, on Christmas Eve 22 years ago I purchased Angel my Citron Cockatoo. I had three birds that got along extremely well. Reilly died, then Ziggy and Angel formed a nice relationship with my cat Neidemyer. All I have now is my Angel. I joined to ask advise about my Cockatoo. The vet said physically he is fine, but all of a sudden started screaming at night. HELP! Michele
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