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Old 04-01-2016, 12:24 PM
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Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

I watched the top ten hazards video, very helpful, but what are some other tips of MUSTS with making your home as safe as possible for your feathered friend(s)?

I'm a first time bird owner, and I never let Perjo out without being pretty much right there within 10 feet of her. I'll go into the other room for roughly 7-10 seconds, but that's it.

I live alone, try to keep a clean place, like to use Febreeze, and feel I need to more now b/c of the slight bird smell that I'm not nose blind to yet. Is Febreeze OK to spray around if the bird isn't close by?

How about changing the cage liner, I feel it is unnecessary to change it everyday for her, but come day 2 or 3 I feel it is a must. Is there a definitely approach in which X amount of days is an absolute NO NO?

How about leaving mail or papers on a table, IF (<--- really big) she does wander off out of sight is it something that could cause a real problem. She is getting more daring with flying off my shoulder of off the top of cage, she's getting some confidence and probably feeling a tiny bit territorial now that she's been home for 3 weeks.

Any other tips/suggestions in how to leave the home surroundings?

Oh, she is scared sh/tless out of bubble wrap. Which sucks for me.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:38 PM
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

My greenwing actually likes popping those...

I thought Fabreeze was on the no-no list.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:50 PM
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

I do not use any aerosol sprays . NONE
Fabreeze Is on the no no list
I change papers just about every day.
You can leave paper mail out if you want. I am sure your fid will recycle it for you. Sucks if you have a check in it though
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:49 PM
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

Ok so I'm a bit of a worry wort as Perjo get more daring and comfortable outside her cage, never unsupervised mind you.

But stuff happens and I want to take extra precautions where I can, I have a lots of electrical devices plugged in on my first floor and in living room where Perjo resides. As she starts to wander more I know she'll get curious and find her way near a plugged in cord. I was thinking of adding plastic wire loom on all the cords, anyone do this? Does it sound like a viable option for added protection?
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

I have only had one instance of Plum being interested in wires from a lamp. We just cable tied it up out of the way and it got forgotton quickly. There are others he could have a go at but doesnt so there was something interesting in this ones position I feel.

I have got used to the fact that my home probably does smell what I term "birdy" but I love Plum and it's part and parcel of having him in my life. You can do things to help ie empty the bin that you empty any waste food into often, change the cage papers and I may do this a couple of times a day sometimes depending. Fresh air is good too - when Perjo is in her cage to freshen up rooms.
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

Just found something called Crittercord, never heard of it before. Basically wire loom with a citrus scent and a bitter taste on it. I imagine traditional plastic black wire loom gets the job done. I don't have the option of getting many wires off the floor or out of reach.

I really want Perjo to be able to walk around freely while I'm there, so I think I will try the wire loom.
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

@DRB - Febreeze is a no no.
THe wire loom ( we call it a cable raceway in my industry) is a great idea. I know Salty is drawn to wires and love to comp on them if given a chance. Imagine what 120 volts at 60cycles a second would do running thru Perjo - fried birdie. I may try your idea myself.
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

Great news on the critter wire. I have been google it but got side tracked. I have the only cord around BB - his light - run thru some PVC pipe. Would have used this if I had seen it before. Great find
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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

My vet told me Febreeze in a different room is fine, a room far enough away from the bird with no breeze and air moving the Febreeze in her direction.

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Re: Bird proofing home, and cleaning home

I watched the top ten hazards video, very helpful, but what are some other tips of MUSTS with making your home as safe as possible for your feathered friend(s)?

Can you please provide this link??
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