Parrots make wonderful companions and can bring a great deal of love into your family. They are incredibly intelligent and loving creatures. Parrots are as unique as people and have emotions just like us. One size does not fit all when it comes to placing a bird. Each of our birds has its own unique personality, emotions, likes and dislikes. EBR volunteers are dedicated to helping you find a parrot that is perfect for your family.
Is your home parrot safe?
Did you know there are many things we use everyday that are dangerous to birds? Seemingly harmless household items can be dangerous or even deadly to a feathered family member. Here's a few common items that are harmful or potentially deadly to parrots:
Non-Stick or Teflon cookware. Many household items we regularly use contain a non-stick coating such as pots, pans, bake ware, oven, space heaters, hair dryer and vaporizers. At high temperatures, these items release a toxic gas which can be deadly to all birds.
Aerosol sprays of any kind, furniture polish, dusting spray, oven cleaner, air fresheners, carpet fresheners, bathroom cleaners, cleaning supplies, bleach cleaners, ammonia fumes, house paint, adhesives, bug spray, bug bombs, hair spray, spray-on deodorants, and perfume can all be harmful. These items produce fumes that can be dangerous to our feathered friends.
Electrical cords should be protected from beaks. Parrots love to play and find new toys. It only takes a nibble for a sharp beak to cut an electrical cord and give your bird a bad shock.
Ceiling fans are great to help keep us cool but can be hazardous to flighted birds. Be mindful to turn off ceiling fans near birds to avoid serious injury.
Open top fish tanks and toilets. Parrots can't swim so any source of water can be a drowning hazard. Cover aquariums with a bird safe cover and keep toilet seats down for safety.
Thinking about bringing a bird into your home?
Parrot proofing your house is necessary to keep your bird happy and healthy. Scheduling regular bird wellness exams with your avian vet and keeping a first aid kit on hand is always a good idea. For more information about household hazards or to purchase a First Aid Kit please click on the links below: