What Challenges Does Your Bird Face This Spring And Summer?

Macaw parrot partially shaded by palm tree on perch
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Some do, but now we face new challenges.

Escape routes

Summer is the time of open doors and windows, screens instead of glass and much more in and out traffic typically.

Flighted birds pose the risk of escape by flight, and summer increases that risk no doubt.

But when your wing clipped 240g feather ball chews through the screen where you left the window open in the guest room on the second floor, your wing clipped bird could easily ride the warm summer thermals (those air things that keep un-motorized gliders afloat) and end up in the next state before you knew she was gone.

If you open doors and windows, it’s best to keep your bird in a cage, flighted or not.

 

Ceiling fans

A fan can be a human’s best friend.

I’ve seen videos of birds who like to play in the airflow.

That said, I’ve also seen birds who were placed under or in front of a fan with every good intention by its keeper.

While keeping the air around the bird cool the birds feathers were always getting lifted.

A “ruffled” feather needs to be put back in its place, and this is done by preening.

 

 

With the unceasing airflow from the fan comes when unceasing amount of preening, which has in the past triggered plucking.

I advise you to keep your birds out of the path of direct airflow.

 

Ceiling fans fall under the category of super hazard for flighted birds. Veterinarians call the result “shredded tweet”

For more ways on how we kill and injure our pet birds, read this.

Shade

We discussed the need for full-spectrum lighting on a regular basis.

What could be better than the real deal, the sun. You know that thing that can fade paint, burn skin, crinkle car interiors? Yep, that sun.

 

Sunlight is good, direct sunlight is not – make sure your bird always has access to shade.

If your cage is near a window check it throughout the day to make sure there is always a shady spot somewhere in the cage where your bird can seek refuge.

Mosquitoes

West Nile virus is usually transmitted through mosquito bites and can cause an avian condition resulting in death.

Keep your bird protected from mosquitoes If you take him or her outside in a cage outside on an unprotected deck potential exposure you bird to mosquito bites greatly increases.

An outdoor aviary may require an additional layer of screening.

Burning the burgers

Grilled food always taste better, who doesn’t like a good barbecue?

Whether the barbecue is at home or your bird travels with you remember the smoke from campfires and barbecues may be toxic to your bird.

Check to see that direct inhalation is not occurring through an open window, too.

 

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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