4. november 2010 klokken 17:12 #88982
Synes denne er fin og ville dele den her. Er så mye og sette seg inn i før man går til anskaffelse av en papegøye, og det og være papegøye eier er virkelig ikke noe for alle.
Er nok mye man ikke automatisk tenker på som inngår i rollen, men her får man et ganske bra inntrykk.
Skrivet er desverre på engelsk ,men tenkte at de fleste av oss skjønner jo det, så jeg gadd ikke oversette den.
This is a must read if you are considering parrot Ownership.
WHAT’S THE POINT?
By Patricia Sund
Having a parrot in your life is a puzzling existence. I suppose you could agree with the idea that they provide companionship just as a dog or a cat does, but why in God’s name a parrot? Where did we ever get the idea that having a parrot would be a life enriching experience?
They’re loud, messy, demanding, pushy, selfish, self-absorbed, and whiney. Amazing isn’t it? We could have opted for the alpha-male position by having a dog. But Noooo! That would be too easy. We could have not bothered with any of it and found a cat in good need of a hearth and home. You know, A little fuzzy guy that wouldn’t be too much trouble and really didn’t care if we lived or died as long as the food train rolled around twice a day.
Oh no. We’re not having any of that. We had to go out and pay a big load of bucks for creatures that want our love, our undying attention, our free time, our not-so-free time, and our retirement fund just to keep them in toys, food, entertainment and a decent cage.
If they get upset, they scream, bite, or throw a hissy fit. They can develop behavior problems at the drop of hat, a towel, or anything else. They’re touchy, moody, needy, and sensitive.
They will play you like a violin, and strum on your heartstrings just to get that extra 10 minutes with you after you declared it was time for bed. They will sulk, talk under their breath, and work you to death to get what they want. They want something wonderful and they want it now!
On the surface, having a parrot as a companion sounds so neat. It’s exotic and different, but it doesn’t quite put you in the same exotic ballpark as the people who would like to introduce you to their Tarantula. That would be just a bit much for even your most seasoned average pet owner. Owning a bird, especially a big bird, is socially acceptable, and has become more prevalent. However, it’s still downright unconventional…it sets the person apart from the norm, but it’s not too eccentric. It tends to define who the perspective owner perceives himself to be.
So many misunderstandings and so many misconceptions about the practice of companion bird care are still rampant among the general public and it’s starting to make me wonder when we’ll all get it right. It wouldn’t bother me so much if parrot keeping weren’t on such an upswing in popularity. I’m not saying that having a parrot should be some exclusive little club where only those deemed “deserving” should be allowed to have birds. What I’m trying to express here is that sometimes the challenge of these creatures is too much for too many people.
I don’t believe the general public understands what is involved in having a companion bird. All parrot companions get the same statements and comments from people as to why they would love to have a parrot. Usually they want one just like mine, and I tell them that Parker is the result of thousands of hours of research, training and attention. Parker really isn’t an accident, and a lot of how he behaves, which is what makes him so endearing to people, is a result of all of this work. I have to explain to them that parrots don’t just show up on your doorstep and behave the way he does.
Parker isn’t particularly special or even that talented. He’s your run-of-the-mill African Grey. He looks like every other African Grey. He’s a parrot. He’s pretty good at it, this “being a parrot” business, but that’s what he’s made to be and to do. I don’t believe he thinks he’s a human. He’s really an enjoyable little guy, and quite fun to have around. He’s quite social, and doesn’t do anything terribly obnoxious. So far he doesn’t have any problems. It’s still early but I’m hoping it will all turn out well.
But many people simply state the following, and this is usually what I’m thinking:
“I’m different, I don’t follow the norm.” (I don’t either, but I didn’t drag a parrot into the equation until I knew I could handle it.)
“I know I can handle the responsibility.” (Oh, really? I’d like to introduce a few birds to you. Say hi to Chopper, Chainsaw, and Drill Bit!)
“They’re so cute!” (You betcha! Say hi to Chopper’s beak.)
“They not big animals and they don’t take much time to maintain.” (This is a lovely poop machine especially designed to redesign your beautiful Berber carpet with an exotic Dalmatian pattern. Keep them clean, train them, teach them, and feed them well or you will most likely end up living in a constant mess and with a sick or psychotic parrot.)
“You can leave them alone in their cage for a few days can’t you?” (Sure! Just pop your kids in there with him. You were going to leave them too, weren’t you? )
“What do they eat?” (Did you ask this question when you decided to have children? If you’re asking, you haven’t done your homework.)
I end up spending more time talking people out of getting a parrot rather than the opposite. And the people who I think would make wonderful parrot companions are quite hesitant because they’re the ones who know what a vast undertaking it is and they doubt their own ability to take on such a big responsibility. These are the people that are thinking long and hard about the task. It’s the confident ones I worry about. These are the people that will obtain a parrot and think that all they have to do is feed it and clean it and it will sit there and learn all on its own.
I had a talk with a gentleman acquaintance that had a 9-month-old baby girl, and he stated that he wanted to get a parrot for his daughter. I asked him why. His response was chilling. He said, “I can afford it. And I want it for my daughter. You know, a nice “toy” for her to play with.”
I kept my cool, and asked him if he thought his daughter was a lot of work. He agreed that she was a load of work, and that it was more than a full time job. I then asked him if he was planning on having any more in the near future. He told me no, he and his girlfriend weren’t going to have any more kids because they hadn’t exactly planned their daughter, and they just couldn’t handle any more.
I then politely proceeded to explain the work involved in raising a baby parrot: The time, the training, the diet requirements, the attention and the fully involved commitment. He was obviously stunned, and backed down from the thought. He got a little upset when I asked if he kept his daughter around because she was a nice “toy” for him and his girlfriend. But he got the point that I wasn’t too thrilled with his “toy” comment and we left it at that.
I have a theory. Unlike human beings, I don’t believe that anything a parrot does is entirely unreasonable because I don’t think a parrot can be deliberately deceptive with one exception: they will hide illness. I believe any unreasonable behavior is a direct result of a situation they cannot cope with. This response stems from a combination of their environment, and DNA. Their responses to stress are about as varied and different as how people respond to stress. I think they will respond to the same stressful situations just as people do. Not everyone will respond to the same situation in the same way. Millions of people fly on airplanes every day. Some people won’t even go near an airport. It all depends on how you’re wired, what your conditioning has been, and what your level of comfort or stress is.
It’s the same way with parrots. I think that when a well-looked after parrot displays a negative behavior it is most likely a result of something that has changed, something that he doesn’t understand or fears, or it stems from a physical condition, such as sexual maturity, illness or pain. They want what they want, and like children, they don’t understand why they can’t always have their way. To paraphrase psychiatrist, R.D. Laing: “Madness is a sane response to an insane situation.” Everything about this “living with people” lifestyle goes against their nature. It’s not a bad life for most parrots and they usually adjust to it so beautifully. But every once in a while, instinct raises its head and we have to somehow work out a solution that is workable for both parties.
Push them too far and they’ll push back and bite you. Push them further still and they will pluck, scream or self-mutilate. They will push back so far and so hard that they sometimes end up getting pushed out of a lot of homes.
But when it works, it is beautiful. God, they love you. Not only do they love you, they can actually tell you that they love you. This is where the beauty, the balance and the gripping artistry take hold of our hearts.
There is absolutely nothing like having a parrot sitting in your lap: this wild animal who accepts you as a flock member, and a friend. It is a cross-species relationship that transcends the natural order of things. I think the fascination comes with the closeness of the relationship despite what nature normally dictates. It bucks what is considered “natural”. There is indeed a poetry and symmetry to this unnatural state, almost as if there were perfect balance required to maintain the relationship on a very long teeter-totter. But the balance has to be maintained or someone hits the dirt. A respect on both sides must be instituted or someone ends up crossing that line of balance, and it is a very thin line. You must give parrots credit. We never bother to learn their language. We force them to learn ours in order to communicate, and they are sometimes not considered to be cooperative or intelligent unless they learn our ways of communication. At best, we can follow some very rudimentary physical cues. Tail wagging; eye-pinning, preening, foot stomping and beak banging are about all we can follow. My, this is incredibly intuitive of us!
In the meantime, they are calling us by our names, asking for dinner, singing like Streisand, telling the dog to be quiet and attempting to answer the phone.
I love having a companion parrot. I love who Parker is and I have changed profoundly for the better as a result of our relationship. He didn’t have to change a thing other than learn a few simple rules about manners. He just goes on being a parrot and I am lucky enough to have earned his trust. My relationship with Parker has not only changed the way I look at the world, but how I feel about it. This still wild little creature has the ability to teach me so much just by waking up in the morning.
Unlike dogs and cats, birds have not yet domesticated themselves. They still have no need to and we certainly haven’t spent enough time in a companion environment to change their wiring. We chose to take on this relationship because we need them, not the other way around and I think we need to live up to it. By failing them, we fail ourselves. And that would leave us with having to admit that we were not worthy of the relationship in the first place.
Patricia Sund is a Columnist for “Bird Talk” Magazine and has a popular Blog called “Parrot Nation,” where she writes about life, birds, and her adventures in the world of Aviculture, including volunteering as a Keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo. She has written for Phoenix Landing’s “Phoenix Beakin’”, “The Alamo Exhibition Bird Club,” the AFA “Watch Bird,”as well as for the Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture. She has written internally for American Airlines as well as having written, directed and produced a play called: “Loves People-Loves to Travel.”
Patricia has completed Dr. Susan Friedman’s online course: “LLP: Living & Learning with Parrots,” and both Beginning and Advanced Levels of the “Natural Encounters” Companion Parrot Training Seminars.
Patricia Lives in Florida with her two Hoodlum African Grey Parrots, Parker and Pepper and her parrot-poop dodging, rescued ShihTzu: Mattie.
When asked why she has parrots in her life, she always responds the same way: “I’ve been a Flight Attendant for almost 23 years; I guess I’m used to serving food, repeating myself, cleaning up crap and getting hollered at.”
Article reprinted with permission from the author.4. november 2010 klokken 17:18 #88983
Og en til som jeg da syntes passet som jo er helt i tråd med den over he he
You Know You’re A Bird Person When…
Family, friends and colleagues are oblivious to the feathers and poop in your hair.
You take your bird to the vet more than you go to your doctor.
You answer your door with a lovebird in your shirt and wonder why people stare at you.
You buy every single bird toy you can lay your hands on, but refuse to buy your daughter a Barbie doll.
You dress like a hobo at home just so the little highnesses can have free artistic rein on your clothing.
You wear colors and textures that complimentyour bird instead of yourself.
Your bird’s picture has its place of honor on the family photo wall.
You move out and dump your boyfriend because he doesn’t love and honor your parrot like he should.
You check your parrot’s profile on BirdChannel.com mroe than your own email.
Your bird wolf whistles at you in the shower and you get embarrassed.
You actually like it when your bird tries to build a nest in your hair.
You take more pictures of your bird(s) than of your human children.
You spend a fortune on every known safe cleaner, only to realize the best poop remover is your thumbnail.
You dress like a hobo at home just so the little highnesses can have free artistic reign on your clothing.
Your bird «nibbles» on your ears and you think it’s love bites, even though you lose a pint of blood.
You look at every hawk as though it was a criminal.
You never type the letter ‘P’ or ‘O’ because there’s bird poop between it.
When your phone message greeting not only states your name but your birds’ names as well.
When you get excited when your birds get excited, when you say «Who’s ready for breakfast?» or «Who wants some dinner?»
You get more excited about buying things for your birds than for yourself.
You have a photo of your bird as your wallpaper on your cell phone.
Your husband eats dinner in the dark because he got home after birdie bed time!
All of your emails are missing capital letters because your bird is perched on one hand and you can’t use the SHIFT button!
You start giving away the priceless antique furniture in order to make room for yet another cage.
You get married so you have a live in bird sitter when you go on your adventure vacations.
You leave the house and forget to change your shirt that has bird poop on it… and you don’t even care!
You call your best friend to tell her your bird just regurgitated on you.
You open the door to let your dog in and you tell her to Step up.
All your buttoned shirts have unmatched, cracked-in-half or missing buttoneds.
You take exquisite delight in finding seeds in your socks.
You visit your local pet shop to look at the birds and the shop workers call you the bird lady.
You take a handful of coffee stir sticks every time you visit Starbucks. You find yourself watching all cats suspiciously.
You play with the bird toys in the store to test them out before buying them
You take your bird’s toys and perches into the shower with you to steam off droppings.
More than half of your Tupperware is used to store your bird’s food.
You eat the pellets to entice your bird to eat them.
While eating out, you order a side dish to take home for your bird.
The birdie mix actually looks good.
You paint your room your bird’s colors.
You have more pictures of your bird in your wallet then you have pictures of family members.
When you can’t tell if it’s a family member or a bird talking to you or shouting your name.
Your hubby eats the birdie bread you were cooling for the birds and you get mad.
You say “Good bird” to your cat.
When you spend more money at the pet store than at the grocery store or mall.
When you mom calmly says to the person on the other end of the phone, “If the dog surprised you, you should hear the bird bark.”
When you spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday of your weekend building an awesome playgym for your bird.
When talking to other animals you still whistle to them and call them “Pretty bird.”
You imagine what kind of person you birds would be if they were human.
When all your co-workers are sick and tired of hearing stories ever day about your birds.
When you tell your preschool student to Step-up because she won’t stand, and then frantically look around to make sure no other teachers overheard.
When the children you work with know the names and species of every bird in your flock, but still don’t know your last name.
You have a separate area in your closet for bird shirts.
You have to make sure you get home early enough from any outing because the birds have to be in bed at a certain time.
when you get a package in the mail, you dump the contents on the floor and hold up the empty box shrieking «A free bird toy!»
When you ar happy to wake up to the sound of a screaming bird every morning.
When all of your meals are planned around what your bird can eat.18. november 2010 klokken 21:07 #88984
Ville dele «The Gabriel Foundation» sin link med dere om hvordan og sikkre huset mot fugle farer.
Blir mye engelsk her nå da, men vet jo at mange er stø der 😉
Syntes denne var fin :bb! :bb! :bb!28. januar 2011 klokken 12:30 #88985
Avocadoen : Steinen inni skiller ut en gift kalt persin som setter seg i kjøttet.
Tegn på avocado forgiftning kan være anoreksia, problemer med pusten og, eller plutselig død.
Noen fugler har kanskje smakt på avocado uten at noe galt skjedde. Det kankomme av varierende mengde de fikk i seg av avocadoen eller type fugl. Avocado har vist seg være spesielt farlig for Dvergpapegøyer, Undulater og Nymfeparakitter. Men større papegøyer kan også ta dette dårlig, så de fleste fugle doktorer sier at vil man være trygge så hold avocado unna fugler.
Løk : Om den er kokt, rå eller tørket spiller ingen rolle. Løk irriterer fuglens mun, svelg og kro, og kan forårsake magesår. Om de tygger den godt så saften renner ut så kan denne saften sprekke blodkar , som kan årsake blodmangel. Vitløk er heller ikke bra.
Tomater: Store som små har høyt innhold syre. Og anbefales ikke til fugler da dette kan gi dem magesår. Tørkede tomater og tomatsaus som er koks fjerner denne syra og er trygt i små mengder, men fugledoktorer anbefaler ikke ferske tomater av noen slag til fugler.
Sopp: er jo en type fungus – Og rå sopp er kjent for og skape fordøyelses problemer hos Papegøyer.
Og noen sopp typer kan gi papegøyer leversvikt.
Selleri: Selve sellerien er ikke farlig for fuglene, men trådene i den kan gi problemer.
Nærmere bestemt problemer med krosen. Fjern derfor stringene fra sellerien om du ønsker la dine fugler nibble på denne grønnsaken15. februar 2011 klokken 15:01 #88986
er agurk farlig for fugler? Må bare spørre som at jeg kan gi flere ting til Papaya,nå er det kun eple og banan 🙂 Har ikke kjernen med i eple,så klart! 😀15. februar 2011 klokken 15:07 #88987
Agurk er ikke farlig, men heller ikke veldig næringsrikt, og inneholder mye vann så ikke gi for mye av slikt så hun spiser seg mett på den slags, og husk er det hun spiser bløtt så kommer det ofte ut veldig bløtt også. Så ikke få panikk og tro at de er syke om de er flytende i magen, men tenk heller gjennom hva du da har gitt de.
Du kan jo f.eks gi henne broccoli det er en fin kalsium kilde. Ellers er Mango og Papaya veldig sundt og mage regulerende, så disse er fine frukter for dem :-))
Inne på Rachel sin hjemmeside: http://www.nebbete.net er det en del om mat forresten 🙂28. februar 2011 klokken 10:41 #88988
Jeg viste ikke at tomater var skadelig, mine har fått det i mange år.. 😳 Tror jeg heretter bare spiser det selv.. 😉5. juni 2011 klokken 16:09 #88989
Jeg viste ikke at tomater var skadelig, mine har fått det i mange år.. 😳 Tror jeg heretter bare spiser det selv.. 😉
helt enig, dette visste ikke jeg heller.
og senegalen min som elsker tomat like mye som jeg gjør det. jaja, da får jeg prøve å finne en annen favoritt.19. juni 2011 klokken 15:48 #88990
Tomater er nok ikke direkte farlig, men det inneholder syrer som kan være irriterende for mage og tarm, og de kan i verste fall få både mage sår og sopp (candida infeksjoner i det systemet)
Rabarbara inneholder også slike syrer så styr unna det også, men tomat planter er faktisk mye farligere en tomat frukten så ikke sett inn slike i volierer eller bur og tenk at de er naturlige fine «urter» og pynte opp med.
Over til noe helt anna siden noen ting ikke kan sies ofte nok. For i disse sommertider hvor vi kanskje steller i stand litt ekstra i burene enten fordi fugla får mere bur tid fordi vi er mere utendørs, eller om det blir mere innestenging fordi vi reiser på hytta og tar en overnatting kanskje
Så vær obs på følgende:
Nok vann ! Gjerne en drikke flaske ved siden av vann koppen i tilfelle de dynker mat i koppen eller bader ut vannet etc. Halve epler og appelsiner kan tres på kvister, ja og annen vannrik frukt/grønnsak selvfølgelig 🙂
Dingle leker bør fjernes da slike leker kun bør være tilstede under oppsyn, men om man stiver opphenget til med stål eller korter inn kjetting hengene slik at de ikke klarer få sleng på lekene så ting slynger seg rundt halsen på de så er dette noe en bør gjøre før man går i fra de….. Ja mange av disse akryl lekene og «Foraging Toyséne» henger jo i 20-30 cm kjettinger, og det er fullt mulig for en ivrig leken fugl med litt størrelse på og slenge disse rundt så de kan bli fanga i midten, altså hengt.
Jeg har selv opplevd dette tre ganger nå så det er raskere gjort enn man tror. Heldigvis var jeg i nærheten alle gangene og fikk lirka stakkart vetta skremte Jakoben ut av løkka han satt fast i 😯
Helt sikkert en god grunn til at det er lite slike leker i dyreparker og papegøye parker. Jo mindre og kunne henge seg fast i jo bedre om man ikke hele tiden er til stede og følger med.
Dette gjelder i grunnen for pinner også. Sørg for at pinnene er godt festa og ikke kan skrumpe inn og krympe, og ramle ned så fuglene kan få de over seg og skade seg. Og at der ikke er for fullt og trangt med tynnere grener så de gnager det opp til pinne ved på den tiden det er snakk om. Da kan de knekke av og rase, eller om de er tyggd av så kan fuglene skade vingene på de når de flakser rundt inni buret.
Så stiv opp kjettingen eller kort den inn, og fjern eller fest pinnene godt. Tykkere stokker er nok det sikkreste og beste om det er snakk om overnatting vekk fra de.
Og stikk gjerne inn en masse ekstra i form av frukt og grønt heller — så de har noe trygt og drive med; som gulerøtter inn mellom sprinklene – masse løvetann klemt i sprinklene (ta gjerne med den flotte rota som står under bakken den er det masse Cvitamin i) Druer og Agurk inneholder også mye vann.
Så kan du drive med ditt i hagen og fuglene har sitt og drive med, og kan herje og leke trygt selv om du ikke hører de best rundt hus hjørnet 😉
God Sommer alle sammen og pass på stek varmen (om den kommer) Husk fugla har en høyere kropstemperatur enn oss og blir fort overoppheta så de liker nok skyggen best. Gi de i alle fall muligheten ved og dekke til deler av buret/volieren på slike dager26. oktober 2011 klokken 17:11 #88991
*FOODS that endanger parrots include avocado, guacamole, chocolate,
cocoa, alcohol, caffeine, pits of apricots, peaches, plums, prunes,apples
and seeds of the cherimoya fruit as well as foods containing
excessive salt, sugar, fats, preservatives, artificial coloring, and
other additives. Obvious dangers like moldy foods and under-cooked
or raw meat never should be offered. Parrot food should be as safe
as human infant food.
*NUTS in the shell, such as English walnuts, should be offered with
caution. To minimize risks to your birds, do not offer whole
hard-shell nuts when birds are extremely hungry, nor without supervision.
*LITTER made of walnut shells or corn cobs can cause life-threatening
impaction of the digestive system if ingested by a bird. It also
harbors fungal spores when soiled or wet. Newspaper is a safer
*WOOD SHAVINGS: Shavings made of redwood and cedar and are toxic to
birds and should never be used in cages, aviaries, nor
nestboxes. Pine, aspen, and other safe wood shavings are preferable
for use as substrate material for nestboxes.
*KITCHENS are unsafe for parrots, especially while cooking is in
progress. The obvious hazards of open flames, hot burners and open
containers of hot food or water are as deadly as smoke and other
toxic fumes. Fumes from dishwashers can kill when a plastic item
contacts a heating element during the drying cycle.
*PTFE treated products such as Teflon and other name brands of
non-stick cookware and other kitchen products kill birds by releasing
deadly, odorless gases when overheated. PTFE is used in some space
heaters, ranges, ovens, stove-top burner bibs and burner liners,
heat lamps, irons, griddles, automatic bread makers, woks, waffle
makers, electric skillets, crock pots, corn poppers, coffee makers,
roasters, curling irons, hair dryers, and more. Read labels!
*SELF-CLEANING OVENS use extremely high heat to burn off oven spills
and debris. During that process, toxic fumes are emitted that can
kill parrots within minutes.
*COOKING BAGS, especially those treated with «PTFE», emit harmful
fumes when heated. Any substance that releases smoke and/or fumes
when heated should be avoided in homes with birds. It can be fatal.
*CAGES should be made of safe metal with non-toxic paint, no sharp
points that can cause injuries, proper spacing between cage bars to
prevent strangulation, and no empty cup holders. Birds have been
injured or killed by getting stuck in empty cup holders in cages. Use
empty dishes or fill them with toys or treats, but never leave empty
cup holders in a cage. Stainless steel is the safest metal.
*LEG BANDS can cause damage and the loss of birds’ toes, feet, legs,
and sometimes lives. Microchips are a safer form of identification
for lost birds. Leg bands should be removed only by a veterinarian.
*GRIT is unnecessary for parrots and can cause impaction of the avian
*HALOGEN LIGHT FIXTURES such as torchier-style floor lamps create
extreme heat and can burn or kill birds that land on them.
*METALS including lead, zinc, copper, and iron and others can cause
metal toxicosis if ingested by birds. Some sources are galvanized
cage and aviary wire, house keys, (especially gold colored keys),
lead-based paints, metallic paints, paints containing zinc, linoleum,
vinyl mini-blinds, foil from champagne and wine bottles, lead
weights, bells with lead clappers, stained glass, some
improperly-glazed ceramics, costume jewelry, mirror backing, copper
pennies, zinc oxide, artist paints containing cadmium, cardboard or
paper with high gloss inks, and magnetic business cards.
*QUIK-STOP and other styptic products should never be applied to
avian skin. Styptic products are safe for bleeding toenails when
broken or cut too short, but they destroy skin. For broken or pulled
blood feathers, cornstarch or flour are safer. Aloe gel can be
applied first to help the flour or cornstarch to adhere to the wound
and to help with pain and healing.
*CATS, DOGS, FERRETS and many other pets are dangerous to birds. The
slightest cat scratch or bite can infect birds with Pasteurella
bacteria and immediate vet treatment is required to save the bird’s
life. Never allow birds to interact with any other pet without close
*PESTICIDE SPRAYS, NO-PEST STRIPS, and FOGGERS poison the air and
kill birds. Safer solutions are roach traps, ant bait, and other
solid insect poisons that can be safely secured in the back of
cabinets and other areas that are inaccessible to birds.
*FLEA COLLARS and SPRAYS emit toxins and should not be used in bird
homes. The metal discs sold in pet stores to attach to cages for
killing lice also poison the environment — do NOT use
them! Shampoos for lice contain dangerous toxins that never should
be used on birds.
*STICKY PEST STRIPS for flying insects should always be enclosed in
old cages or other containers accessible to insects but out of the
reach of birds and other pets. Citrus oil or peanut butter can be
used to safely remove sticky substances from feathers.
*WING CLIPS should be checked often to prevent flight-related
accidents. Wing-clipped birds can often fly well enough to escape so
they should be protected by a harness, leash, or carrier when taken outside.
*TRANSPARENT AND REFLECTIVE SURFACES like glass windows doors, and
mirrors should be shown to flighted birds. Many birds can be trained
to avoid large expanses of glass by repeatedly holding the bird on
your hand and imitating flight toward the glass and then lightly
pressing their beak, feet, and body against the surfaces. Decals can
be used as a visible reminder.
*CEILING FANS should not be used in homes with flighted birds. Other
household dangers to flighted birds are open windows and doors, hot
pots and stove burners, open containers of water (sinks, toilets,
tubs, boiling water), poisonous or thorny houseplants, electrical
wires, medication, insect bait traps, and many other toxic substances.
*TOYS, both new and used, should be cleaned and examined for loose
parts that could lodge in a bird’s throat. Loose strings and threads
can trap and cut off circulation to necks, wings, legs, and toes. Use
only stainless steel (not zinc) «quick links» as toy fasteners and
never use strings, ropes or chains long enough to wrap around a
birds’ neck or other body parts.
*PRESSURE TREATED LUMBER, conventional plywood, and particle board
contain a variety of toxic substances. Untreated pine boards are a
*HOUSEPLANTS and FERTILIZER including «fertilizer spikes» can poison
birds so they should be kept out of their reach. Some of the most
common poisonous houseplants are azalea, oleander, castor bean, sago
palm, yew plants, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), asparagus fern,
daffodils, flower bulbs, mistletoe, poinsettia, philodendron, and
potato sprouts or «eyes». Choose only non-poisonous plants for bird homes.
*CIGARETTES, CIGARS, PIPES, AND OTHER SMOKING SUBSTANCES
should never be used in air space shared by birds. Passive
inhalation of smoke, including smoke from burning incense, damages
the sensitive avian respiratory system, eyes and skin. Nicotine can
settle on perches and other cage surfaces and cause the
self-mutilation of feet and legs in sensitive birds, especially Amazon parrots.
*ESSENTIAL OILS and potpourri oils should never be used in the
breathing space of parrots. Perfume, hairspray, and other aerosolized
grooming products also can damage the avian respiratory system.
*AIR FRESHENERS which includes plug-ins and scented sprays are
considered unsafe. Bird deaths from using. To safely freshen the air,
simmer spices like cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and citrus rinds.
*SCENTED CANDLES release toxins when burned, so only unscented
candles should be used in bird homes. (Protect birds from the open
flame). Beeswax candles are generally safe and unscented unless they
are imported and contain lead wicks (which are illegal and rarely used.)
*CARPET POWDERS AND SPRAYS such as Carpet Fresh, as well as similar
treatments for upholstery such as Febreze, often contain toxins which
are dispersed into the air when they are vacuumed so they should not
be used in bird homes. Carpets can be cleaned safely with solutions
of water and baking soda, vinegar, or Grapefruit Seed Extract.
*CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PRODUCTS like pine oil, ammonia, mold
and mildew cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners, furniture
polish, oven cleaners, dishwasher detergents, furniture polish, car
cleaning products, and laundry products, including bleach, can
irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract of birds when
used in their air space. Spray starch is also toxic to birds.
*HOME IMPROVEMENT PRODUCTS that create fumes include fresh paint, new
carpet, drapes, furniture and flooring that uses toxic glues. The
outgassing of toxic chemicals from new furnishings, paints,
solvents, adhesives, various finishes, and other building materials
are sometimes described as the «new smell» and can damage the
sensitive avian respiratory system.
*MEDICATION and natural remedies containing tea tree oil, which
contains the oil of the melaleuca tree, as well as all
over-the-counter medications should be kept out of the reach of parrots.
*MOLD on food or in the air is dangerous to parrots. Aspergillus mold
can cause the deadly disease, aspergillosis. It can grow on
improperly handled and stored foods, especially grains such as corn.
Excessive moisture in bathrooms promotes the growth of various molds in homes.
*CARBON MONOXIDE is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas produced by
furnaces and other heaters. Birds in poorly ventilated, heated areas
are at high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It robs the blood of
oxygen and can be particularly harmful to animals and humans with
heart ailments when inhaled at levels often found indoors. Use a
carbon monoxide monitor in your home to sound an alarm when levels
*DRY CLEANED CLOTHING should be aired outside or in an airspace not
shared by birds until there is no remaining odor. The chemical «perc»
(perchloroethylene) causes cancer in lab animals.
*MOTHBALLS and moth-repellent cakes and crystals contain
paradichlorobenzene, which also is found in toilet disinfectants and
in deodorizers, and it causes cancer in lab animals.
*HUMAN SALIVA contains pathogens that are deadly to birds. Never
allow a bird to place its beak in your nose or mouth. Do not allow
them to «clean your teeth».
*CLEANLINESS is important to the prevention of bacterial infections.
Wash your hands often when working with birds and preparing their
food and dishes.
*DISEASE EXPOSURE should be avoided by the quarantine of all new
birds from existing flocks or companion birds for one to three
months. Taking birds to pet stores, bird fairs, swap shops and other
bird gatherings with birds can expose them to deadly diseases. It is
safer to have a friend or relative come into your home or keep your
birds in their home when you must be away from home for extended periods..
*EMERGENCY information including your bird vet’s contact information
should always be left with caregivers when you are away. Warnings
about emergencies and how to handle them should be discussed before you leave.6. desember 2011 klokken 11:49 #88992
Deler denne også her : http://blog.mysanantonio.com/emergencyvets/2011/12/my-bird-ate-what/9. januar 2012 klokken 13:36 #88993
Legger inn denne også jeg siden mange av oss gir fuglene våre en kopp med ris eller pasta når vi lager det til oss selv. Noe og tenke på dette faktisk da det er fort gjort at koppen ikke blir fjerna etter måltidet.9. januar 2012 klokken 13:42 #88994
Det er mange måter å forhindre at fuglene fly kræsjer i vinduene.
Her er noen eksempler: http://www.nationalbirdday.com/ab_windows_birds.php20. februar 2012 klokken 17:44 #88995
Trygge og ikke trygge planter og trær/grener22. februar 2012 klokken 16:44 #88996
Disse er smarte løsninger til og merke opp vinduer slik at fuglene inne eller ute ikke kræsjer i de og skader seg
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