Hazards To Pet Birds: What To Look Out For

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This list is only intended to be a partial listing of the most common and obvious hazards that pet birds might encounter in the average household. It is by no means complete. The following items and circumstances can be harmful or fatal to a bird.

Other animals, Aquariums (drowning), Carpets, Curtains and Drapes (getting nails snagged), Children who aren’t familiar with safe ways to handle a bird, Chimneys and Fireplaces can be hot, and birds can fly into and up them, Electrical wires and Fixtures (chewing wires), Kitchens have hot pots and Teflon coated pots, People stepping on and sitting on birds, Mirrors (flying into them), Phone cords – they can get strangled in the spiraled phone cords, Windows (flying into closed ones or out of open ones).

The following are a few common poisons you might have around the house:

  • Aerosols (fumes)
  • Alcohol (eating)
  • Antifreeze (eating)
  • Aspirin (eating)
  • Bleach (fumes)
  • Caffeine (eating)
  • Chocolate (eating)
  • Cigarette smoke (fumes)
  • Deodorants (fumes, eating)
  • Dishwasher detergent (fumes)
  • Drain cleaner (fumes)
  • Fly strips (can get caught in the sticky tape)
  • Gasoline (fumes)
  • Insecticides (fumes, eating)
  • Kerosene (fumes)
  • Medicine (eating)
  • Mothballs (fumes)
  • Paint (Lead-based) (fumes, eating)
  • Pine Oil (fumes)
  • Shellac (fumes)
  • Shoe Polish (fumes, eating)
  • Suntan lotions (fumes, eating)
  • Waxes (fumes)
  • Paint remover (fumes)
  • Paint thinner (fumes)
  • Perfume (fumes)
  • Rat/Mouse poison (eating them)
  • Teflon Cooking Pans (fumes when overheated)

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