When the weather
is warmer, it is tempting to take your pet bird outdoors. In many
cases, this can be perfectly safe but there are some potentially
dangerous situations that you should consider before you take
your bird outside.
FLYING AWAY- Check
your birds wings EVERY TIME you are considering taking it outside.
A gust of wind can easily carry off smaller species, even with
clipped wings. For this reason, I recommend a carrier or cage
for smaller species to go outside.
On the Memorial Day week-end of 2004, we were contacted by three
people who had
just found three lost birds outdoors- a Sun Conure, a Senegal
Parrot, and a Pionus Parrot.
Make sure you have a record of your birds band number, just in
2. HEATSTROKE/SUNSTROKE- Don't leave your bird in a vehicle
AT ALL, EVEN FOR A A FEW MINUTES, EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS ROLLED
Don't ever put your bird in direct sun in a situation where it
cannot get out of the sun.
Always have fresh drinking and bathing water available for your
bird in warm weather.
A light spraying of fresh water from a clean sprayer bottle, is
often enjoyed by birds
in warmer weather. bathing your bird!
PLEASE don't take your bird to the beach, out on a boardwalk,
to a public gathering in a crowd, riding on a bicycle or motorcycle,
uncaged on a boat, to the park with a lot of people, dogs, etc,
or out for a walk beside a highway! All of these situations are
potentially very dangerous to your bird and all of them can be
stressful to a bird. There is so much potential for a tragic accident
in all of the situations listed.
BODIES OF WATER- Parrots
with clipped wings can drown easily in
open bodies of water- oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.
OUTSIDE TOXINS- Be
careful that your bird does not come into contact
with vegetation that might have been sprayed with pesticides.
Please do not take
your bird to an area where it must inhale smoke, car exhaust,
or other airborne toxins.
use common sense and great caution whenever you take your bird
the relative safety of its cage and your home! It is usually best
to take your bird
in a carrier in many/most situations outside of your home.