Birdproofing 101

Birdproofing 101

January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month! Have you recently adopted a bird? Congratulations! Birds are really fun little pets. They’re also very playful and curious. You’ll need to do some birdproofing to make your place safe for your feathered pal. A Braselton, GA vet offers tips on birdproofing in this article.

Fans

Fans are very dangerous for Polly! Make sure to turn all your fans off before letting your winged pal out to play.

Window Treatments

Pet birds often injure themselves flying into windows and mirrors. Opt for safer window treatments, such as pull-down blinds. Drape cords can also be dangerous, as your colorful little pet could get entangled in them.

Air Quality

Our winged friends have very sensitive lungs, and can get sick from breathing fumes that are barely even noticeable to us. Take care not to expose Polly to vapors from things like perfume, cigarette smoke, air fresheners, scented candles, incense, aerosols, or other strong fumes.

Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small or sharp should be kept in a spot Polly can’t reach. This includes things like jewelry, safety pins, paper clips, sewing kits, beads, and buttons.

Toxins

Household cleaning agents, automotive products, paint, perfumes, medicines, fertilizers, pesticides, and all other chemicals are extremely toxic to birds.

Other Pets

Fluffy and Fido are wonderful pets, but they aren’t safe playmates for birds. Keep your furry pals in another area when Polly is out and about.

Heat

Candles, fireplaces, gas burners, and potpourri burners are all dangerous to birds. Don’t let Polly out if any of these are lit.

Appliances

Keep large appliances, like washers and dryers, closed when not in use. You’ll also need to be careful with water. Birds can drown in just a few inches of water! Don’t let your feathered friend have access to open toilets or filled sinks or tubs.

Kitchen Hazards

The kitchen is a dangerous place for birds. Knives and sharp cooking utensils are one concern. Your winged buddy could also get hurt by landing on a hot burner, or in a pot of hot food or liquid on the stove. Cooking fumes are another issue. Many types of modern cookware emit vapors that are toxic to birds. Plus, there’s also the issue of unsafe foods. Keep Polly out of the kitchen!

Please contact us, your Braselton, GA vet clinic, for all your bird’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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