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Parrot proofing your home

I thought I would make a thread on parrot proofing your home for your birds safety. This will be great for all first time bird owners and well, anybody else who hasn't done these things already haha

  • give away all toxic houseplants
  • get rid of all cookware that has polytetrafloroethylene (PTFE) - that's none-stick cookware!
  • get rid of everything else that has PTFE in it - for example, hair dryers, breadmakers and clothing irons. If you do use these then make sure that the room is very well ventilated, the fumes aren't good for you either!
  • cover all standing water - anything from a dog bowl can be dangerous to your birds... even glasses of water!
  • sticker all mirrors and glass and/or leave them very dirty - I know it might not sound too great to you but birds can and do fly straight into glass which can easily break a neck
  • screen all windows
  • remove or cover all lamps especially those with halogen bulbs - these lamps become VERY hot and if a bird lands on one, especially smaller birds, they will most likely be injured
  • remove all lead objects from where the parrot can reach them - this can be stain glass, fishing weights, curtain weights, pottery and anything that contains lead. You should also remove lead paint on walls
  • hide or remove all exposed electrical wires - if these get chewed on then the consequences can be awful
  • remove anything scented from the room - this includes plug in scent warmers, scented candles (and other candles) and anything else that emits an odor to cover up another odor
  • put away all household chemicals
  • Get rid of sticky fly traps or any kind of animal traps
  • Make the laundry room off limits - curious birds who climb into a laundry pile may get washed accidentally or suffocated
  • remove all ceiling fans or put a sign up etc telling those not to use the fan while the bird is in the room or out of its cage
  • scrape all chipping paint and repaint
  • make all beds all the time - curious birds may get under an untidy sheet and be suffocated or crushed
  • make sure the flooring isn't the same colour as the parrot
hope this helps a little bit guys

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this is a great post daisy, thank you

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no problem and thank you

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The lamp post issue is VERY real ... i have a torch type lamp with a tri light in it .. it was on 150 watts and my budgie tried to land on the edge... missed and landed in the lamp down beside the bulb.. I paniced and dumped the lamp which threw the poor bird 1/2 across the room...lol I checked him all over and still do not know how he managed to not get burned at all... not even a scorched feather.
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Thanks for the info Daisy

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No problem! And wow poor thing! That must of really spooked the little guy

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I'd never thought of the lamps thing!

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I have always been paranoid about the lamps.. and have been told by family I was worrying to much and they would never fly onto them... ummm... yep , but I got lucky and the bird was unhurt . Poor guy got biffed across the room tho when I panicked...lol
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Thank you once again, Daisy! If anyone ever wants a thread to become...stickified (hehe) then please just ask!




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Hehe. I have a glade plug in without a scent canister in it by the bird cages. Takes away the danger of the scents bothering them, but it turns itself on and gets brighter according to how dark the room is, so I never forget to turn it on for them :P
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Some great info, and some things I will change.. Im pretty good at watching my guys though there only out if I can keep at least ONE of my two eyes on them at all times and luckily they either stay on there cage or on me or the couch..

Never thought of the hair dryer before! And my laudnry room, living room, kitchen are kinda all one unit..
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Glad it helped, it can be so hard to keep an eye on more than one fid when they're out of the cage!

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