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Bird-Proofing Your Home

Any doors/windows without screens should remain closed at all times when your bird is out of its cage.

Keep air vents near the bird’s cage covered or closed. Birds are sensitive to drafts, regardless of whether the air is hot or cool.

Ensure kitchen cookware does not have Teflon coating, which is fatal to birds when emitted into the air.

Your bird’s lung as sensitive. Avoid Lysol, Fabreeze and other aerosol cleaning products. Even if sprayed away from the bird cage, these chemicals are under immense pressure and can dispense at a much further distance than you might think. Similarly, products with a strong odour such as bleach should be strictly avoided. If it is a strong scent for you, it is 10x stronger and more toxic to your avian companion. 

One excellent bird-safe line of cleaning products that I recommend is called “Method”, and is available in Canadian Tire stores. “Method” has all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, laundry soaps, hand soaps and other related products. They are all-natural and organic, and ranked safe enough for human consumption (although I don’t recommend it!). They really, really work. I once spilled turquoise paint on a cream-coloured sofa. Even after the paint had started to dry, Method’s “all-purpose cleaner” removed the paint and stain almost entirely. Unless you specifically know that the stain exists, you couldn’t find it on the fabric. For more information, visit www.methodhome.com.

Avoid fly strips or other scented fly traps. My grandmother’s canary died accidentally after she hung a fly tape in her kitchen. While you might be unable to detect them, the fumes that attract flies enter the bird’s lungs and suffocate them quickly. Plastic fly swatters are just as effective, and completely safe.

Watch where you step! Even very well-trained birds can leave their perches and fly down to the floor, where they are vulnerable. All too often I hear stories of birds who are stepped on or sat on accidentally. 

Confine other pets when interacting with your bird. While some dogs and cats can learn to tolerate a bird sitting quietly, the instinct to chase becomes much stronger if the bird flutters to the ground unexpectedly.