Eliminating potential problems and maintaining healthful conditions in your home and your bird’s cage will prevent most health problems. Before you buy your bird, go through each room in your house and take care of as many foreseeable problems as possible.
Some safe plants include:
- african violet
- Citrus (any)
- Creeping Charlie
- Creeping Jenny
- Herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme)
Making Your House Safe For African grey Parrot
INSPECT EACH ROOM
A pet bird should be taken out of his cage to interact with the family and to explore his surroundings
under close supervision every day. As a conscientious owner, you need to realize that potential hazards to your pet’s health exist in almost every room of your home and take steps to protect your pet from harm. The following list will inform you of the potentially dangerous situations that can happen in each room so you can take action to prevent accidents.
The kitchen is a popular spot for parrots and their owners to hang out, especially around mealtime. It is also the most dangerous room in the house for a pet bird. Put your bird back in his cage during meal
preparation to protect him from flying or falling into the trash can or from climbing into an appliance and getting trapped.
If you’re going to let your pet out of his cage when you’re in the kitchen, keep him away from the stove because he could seriously be injured by a hot stove element, an uncovered pot of boiling water or a sizzling frying pan on the stove. As you prepare the meal, share only healthy foods with your bird no chocolate, avocado or rhubarb.
One of the biggest hazards faced by pet parrots is the fumes emitted by overheated nonstick cookware or other items treated with a nonstick coating, including bakeware, drip pans, cookie sheets, waffle irons, irons, and ironing board covers. Polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE, the polymer that covers nonstick cookware, produces fumes that are extremely toxic to birds when it is heated above 530°F.
Nonstick cookware is not recommended for bird-owning households because of the health risk it poses to pet birds.
The bathroom can be a fun place to spend time with your bird as you prepare for work or for an evening out, but you have to supervise him at all times. Don’t let him chew on the cord of your blow dryer, and don’t use products with strong fumes, such as perfume, hairspray or cleaning products, if your pet is in the room. Protect your bird from illness by storing jewelry and prescription or over-the-counter medication out of your bird’s reach.
For your bird’s safety and the well-being of your valuables, supervise your bird at all times when he is out of his cage. Don’t let him play in the sofa cushions he could become trapped between them. Also, don’t let family members leave the screen door open because your pet could space through the open door.
Keep television remote controls and other interesting chewable items out of your pet’s reach, too, or you may find yourself without all of the buttons on your remote control! Offer your bird safe chew toys to play with as you watch TV together in the evenings.
Your home office can be like a playground for birds, but you’ll have to be on your toes to keep your pet from harming himself. Don’t let him chew or get tangled in computer cords; nibble on potentially poisonous markers, glue sticks or crayons; or impale himself on push pins. You may find that it is best to have your pet sit on a portable perch complete with food cup and safe bird toys when he visits you in your home office.
Birds like to be where their owners are, so if you’re a handy person, you and your bird may spend a lot of time in the home workshop. If you do, make sure that a securely screened window is open to provide adequate ventilation for you and your pet, and to keep your bird away from paints, thinners, glues or other chemicals stored in the workshop. Also, watch him make sure that he does not injure himself on tools found there.
You can put your parrot’s travel cage or carrier to good use when you’re in the home workshop. Your bird can still see you and be close to you, but he’ll be protected from harm.
Be careful when taking your bird into the garage because he could be overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from your car, especially if the garage door is closed.
also, be aware that some birds are afraid of the dark and may act up if you take them into the garage without turning the lights on right away.
Although there are many household hazards that you need to be aware of, you should not keep your bird locked up in his cage all the time. all birds, especially parrots, need a time out of their cages to maintain physical and mental health.simply be aware of some of the dangers that may exist in your home and pay attention to your parrot’s behavior so you can intervene before he becomes ill or injured.
- Apple (seeds)
- Apricot (pits)
- Beans (all types if uncooked)
- Bulb flowers
- Iris (blue flag)
- Lily of the valley
- Peach (pits)