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Old 06-11-2017, 11:14 AM
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A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe


Bird ownership is a challenge for the best of us, especially in the beginning. So many things are dangerous or even deadly to parrots. The information and hazards can be overwhelming at first. We've all been there, we've all made mistakes.

Straight to the point.

Open flames-any open flames from heat sources of any kind or smoke from any source is a major hazard for your bird.

Ovens-hot surfaces and toxic fumes, self cleaning features on your oven. It's wise to keep your kitchen off limits to Avians, especially while you're cooking.

Toxic fumes from candles, essential oils, incense, aerosols, cleaning agents, pesticides (any pesticide). Heated, NON STICK COOKWARE, small appliances with non stick heating elements. Yes, most of us prefer non-stick cookware, granted, most alternatives cost us extra time, effort and dollars, non stick cookware can cost our parrots their lives, no kidding. Once you get the hang of it, cooking with parrot safe cookware is easy, it's also a healthier choice for humans.

Electrical cords, parrot beaks are stronger than they look. Liquid in open containers, including toilets, sinks, mop buckets, etc.... Doorways, windows, access to the great outdoors and freedom. Even the largest parrots are small in comparison to humans, most can't survive being accidentally closed in a door, stepped on when playing on the floor, sat on when hanging out on comfortable furniture that humans use. Snuggling in bed with your parrot as sweet as it sounds can result in heartbreak, many parrots have been accidentally crushed or suffocated when their human fell asleep. Many parrots love an outing but if the opportunity presents itself most will escape, most will not survive on their own, those fortunate enough to be rescued usually never see their original families again. With a few precautions, you and your parrot can enjoy time outdoors but please be responsible.

A clean closed window, a glass door or a mirror can also be deadly, a bird in a new home may see any of the above and fly full speed straight into it resulting in a broken neck, it happens often.

Ingestible dangers, pills, human consumables, toxic wood, toy parts, house plants. The more obvious, chocolate, avocados, onions, caffeine, tobacco, etc.... Do a little research and be vigilant about what your buddy has access to.

It's mind bending how many parrots lose their lives to other family pets. Birds are small, birds are prey, dogs, cats, ferrets, rats and snakes are predators. If prey and predators interact, the chance of a tragic accident is always present.

Ceiling fans, if your birds are flighted, disconnect your ceiling fans, if you have to use fans to beat the heat, turn them on but make sure your parrot doesn't have access. He's safer in his cage or a different room if a fan is running.

Never assume your parrot knows best, for example, if you leave a cup of coffee and a sugary pastry or salty snack on the table, more than likely Polly or Paulie will help him or herself. Your parrot didn't grow up in the wild, he or she depends on you to keep him safe.

An incomplete diet may not knock your parrot off his perch instantly but it can shorten his life and cause long term medical issues. Before you grab that bag off the shelf, consider how long it's been there and read the ingredient list. Don't cheat your parrot out of a healthy diet for the sake of convenience, in many cases you can do better for less money. Research and choose the best diet for your parrot's health and your budget.

Water-the stuff of life. Make sure your parrot has a constant source of clean water. My cockatoo has no thought for her future, at the sound of rainfall, or any sound of a similar nature she will slap every drop of water out of her large bowl, leaving herself with nothing to drink. Parrots are small, they dehydrate quickly. Some parrots are soup makers, they dump food in their water, bacteria grows, they get sick. Check water dishes often, wash, sanitize, and dry your bowls at least once every day. Same is true of your bird's cage, parrots depend on us to keep their environment clean.

Be suspicious of products even when they say, "all natural" or "pet safe" in big friendly letters. Use logic and good judgement, just because it says it's safe for your pets doesn't mean it is, it often means the company will use any means necessary to sell you something. The pet industry makes billions from loving pet owners.

Get to know your parrot well, watch for symptoms of illness, changes in behavior or physical appearance. Have your closest certified Avian Vet's number available in case of emergency, reacting quickly can save your bird's life.

Please don't be discouraged, lots of humans can't imagine life without a parrot, the rewards are real. Living with parrots is challenging, no doubt, but it's also an adventure and often comes with a unique and lasting bond between a human and a lovable, intelligent species. All the above mentioned dangers become part of life with parrots, it gets easier and becomes part of our daily routines. IMHO, we are all fortunate to know, love, and live with these incredible birds. The rewards outweigh the efforts.

A warm welcome to ParrotForums. No matter where you are on your personal journey with your parrot, we hope you find something useful here or at the very least a group of like minded bird lovers. Congrats and best of luck.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:27 PM
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Allee, thank you so much for this wonderful post!
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:34 PM
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Should be a sticky on New Members forum as well as on the Active Topics page..
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:01 PM
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Sticky - seconded. Most folks come on here because they have a specific problem or issue with their parrot. This sticky will answer a lot of questions for the new parrot owner. And while we want new members to get answers and hopefully become long term contributing members fo the Forum, we want to make sure that they get the answers they seek. This post goes a long way to helping new owners knw the issues they may face.Thank you Alee.
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Quote: Originally Posted by Kentuckienne View Post
Should be a sticky on New Members forum as well as on the Active Topics page..
I do believe that has already been suggested.
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Allee,

Yet another, right out of the gate successful Thread targeting the most common issues faced and /or need to know for new members /Parrot owners! I agree with others that it needs to be presented /positioned that new members can find it with great easy! AND of course, it already is!!!

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

Quote: Originally Posted by plumsmum2005 View Post
Quote: Originally Posted by Kentuckienne View Post
Should be a sticky on New Members forum as well as on the Active Topics page..
I do believe that has already been suggested.
Yes it has, a request by plumsmum aka "K!" Allee developed a terrific "user guide" targeting both obvious and arcane hazards to our beloved companions.

I will include the link with every "welcome" letter sent while vetting new members.
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Just to add my thanks to Allee for putting this together, who better? We all know and love her brilliant writing skills.
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Excellent post, Allee! And so very needed. Thank you for taking the time and the care to write it up.

And thanks also to Plumsmum for sparking the discussion that led to the creation of this thread.
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Re: A Warm Welcome And A Few Friendly Warnings To Keep Your Parrots Safe

Just to add another possible danger, always close your toilet lid. Parrots have drowned after flying into open toilets and finding themselves unable to escape. This is one of the little things that can easily slip our minds if we get complacent.
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