60 Nasty Household Hazards Birds Shouldn’t Be Around

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Talk to it, gently stroke it while assessing the injury.


Treat what you can using methods described below.


Ensure your bird has additional heat (heating pad, hot water bottler, cage panel heater) so it doesn’t waste calories  warming itself.


If you think the bird needs a vet, this would be the time to go.

As an example, let’s say a bird gets it’s leg band caught in a bird cage accessory breaking its tibiotarsal (shin bone).

In this scenario, a bird has a higher chance of dying from stress than from the injury itself.

This is why you will want to stabilize the bird before tending to the injury.

Orthopedic injuries usually aren’t life-threatening so work on the stabilization of the bird first something called “re-establishing homeostasis” in veterinary terms.


Feathered facts about bird bones

We know that bird bones are hollow, enabling them to fly but what you might not know is these hollow bones are considered “pneumatic” bones that contain air filled canals aiding in the respiratory cycle during flight.


Feathered facts about bird skin

A bird’s skin is much more delicate and thinner than mammal skin and far less elastic.

The skin is secured firmly to the birds bones, especially in two highly mechanical areas, wings & feet.


The top layer of skin, the dermis holds smooth muscles and feather follicles which is how a bird determines the position of its feathers.

The tissue beneath the skin, (the subcutis) is made up of fat, striated muscles and connective tissue.


A broken bone is usually visible, a fracture sometimes can only be determined with an x-ray.

If your bird experiences a broken bone and your bird first aid kit is still on your shopping list you can resort to the Mitch-guyver method of treating avian orthopedic injuries.


A feather quill, cut from a flight feather can serve as a splint and can be wrapped with masking tape.


Feathered Factoid about birds wings

Falconers imp wings to keep the birds feathers in perfect shape.


Imping has been around for several thousand years.



Originally done with steel pins and vinegar (causing the steel pins to corrode binding the two halves of the feather) but now done with bamboo or the shafts of smaller feathers and what else – super glue.


You can see why we’re going to break this first aid thing into a bunch of different parts, but we’re hoping you feel the conversation will be worth it.



Of course we didn’t forget the of list of 60 nasty things birds shouldn’t be around – here you go:


  1. Aerosols
  2. Ammonia
  3. Automobile exhaust/carbon monoxide
  4. Bleach
  5. Burning foods
  6. Cold drafts
  7. Cooking oils
  8. Curtain weights
  9. Deodorizers
  10. Disinfectants
  11. Dryer Sheets
  12. Extreme temperature changes
  13. Fabric softeners
  14. Fishing sinkers
  15. Fumigants
  16. Furniture polish
  17. Gasoline fumes
  18. Germicides
  19. Glues
  20. Hot stoves and heaters
  21. Household keys (some)
  22. Improperly glazed bowls
  23. Insecticide sprays and foggers
  24. Lead hardware
  25. Lead paint chips
  26. Lead shot
  27. Lead weights
  28. Lead-coated household products
  29. Lead-containing Venetian blinds
  30. Linoleum Tile
  31. Liquid potpourri
  32. Mirrors
  33. Mothballs
  34. Nail polish
  35. Non stick cookware
  36. Open doors
  37. Open flames
  38. Paint
  39. Perfume/Cologne
  40. Plumbing material
  41. Saliva from any animal, including humans
  42. Sanitizers
  43. Scented Candles
  44. Scented Laundry Detergent
  45. Self-cleaning ovens
  46. Smoke (any source)
  47. Solder in stained glass
  48. Some antiques
  49. Some artist paints
  50. Teflon anything
  51. Tire weights
  52. U.S. pennies minted after 1983
  53. Water deeper than 1 inch
  54. Windows
  55. Wine/champagne bottle foils
  56. Zinc hardware (washers, nuts, wire)
  57. Zinc on bird toys
  58. Zinc on chain
  59. Zinc on galvanized wire cages
  60. Zinc on older water or food bowls


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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.