Parrot “huts” looks like miniature tents. They are often made of a cozy fabric or fleece and are the perfect size for pet birds to snuggle up. They seem perfectly harmless, and a cuddled bird makes the cutest Instagram photo, so the title of this page may not make sense right away. Please, for the safety of your bird, I encourage you to read on.

Parrot huts have been responsible for more avian deaths and injuries than any other product type sold.

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Why will Welcome Wings Aviary NEVER recommend parrot huts?

NUMBER ONE: They promote hormonal behaviour that can lead to bird aggression.

Take it from a breeder — anything in the cage that encompasses the bird’s body can be viewed by the bird as a nest. Not unlike us with our houses, birds naturally want to protect their nest and will actively defend it from anyone who comes too close, including their loving caregiver.

NUMBER TWO: Fabric huts are, quite simply, a hazard to the health and safety of pet birds.

Birds love fabric because it is soft and pliable. Chewing on fabric gives it an even fuzzier texture and makes it flake apart, easily moved around and adjusted. Birds will spend all day doing just this, ensuring the fabric is perfectly arranged to their specifications. Some human caregivers do not notice what is going on inside the enclosed tent, while others are delighted by their bird enjoying the fabric hut they so lovingly purchased.

As the bird breaks down the fabric tiny threads that held it together become exposed and quickly entangle toes, legs AND necks. As the thread wraps tightly it cuts off the circulation, causing pain. The bird struggles to free itself, which only tightens the strands further. If the circulation is blocked for too long the result is amputation of the toe or foot. While this is devastating, I’m sure you can imagine what happens if the thread is caught around the neck.

What I have described above can occur within a single afternoon, hidden inside the hut and away from sight of the human caregiver. Take it from the photos below which depict a Lineolated Parakeet whose owner was warned against “happy huts” but chose not to listen. She was certain her bird was not chewing — until she noticed the toe starting to turn an unusual colour. Sure enough, there was a tiny thread wrapped around it, cutting off the circulation. Her veterinarian wanted to amputate the entire foot, though her breeder — who had seen cases identical to this one many times — advised against this and as a result only the single toe was lost. Welcome wings Aviary is grateful for this bird’s owner for sharing these photos, and to Pam’s Busy Beaks Aviary, for allowing them to be used here, in the hope it makes new bird owners think twice before buying any sort of fabric hut for their feathered baby.

Photo thanks to Pam’s Busy Beaks Aviary
This photo shows the tiny amount of chewing that led to the bird pictured above losing her toe. Photo thanks to Pam’s Busy Beaks Aviary