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Danger: Make Your House Cockatiel Safe

Pet Cockatiel face may potential danger that lurk inside our house. Sometime this matter is overlooked by us. However, I would like to stress here that a safe environment for us may not save to our tiny feather friend.

            Firstly, you should keep an eye to your Cockatiel, when they are out of their cage. This is to prevent yourself to harm your Cockatiel unintentionally. Pet Cockatiel is very tame and they may not fly away when we more close to them (they trust us). However, you may accidentally sit on them when they perch on the cushion!

 

       Here is some guideline that you should consider when you let your pet Cockatiel out of it cage;

  1.Check the escape route before release the bird. The window and doors (all) should be closed. You also should close or use curtain to prevent the bird to fly straight to it (the Cockatiel may not realize that there are glass in the window)

  2.Donít let your other pet that may harm your Cockatiel inside the room with the Cockatiel. Your other pet may nice to you but they may not nice to your Cockatiel-well, animal also know how to jealous! Therefore, if your release your bird, donít let your cat stay in the room with the bird!

  3. The door should be close all the time and you also should put a notice outside the door to prevent other family member or your housemate from entering the room or they canbe extra careful when enter the room.

  4. Clear your room any plant. This is because some plant is poisonous and can kill bird. Some plant like cactus, may even physically injured your bird. Cockatiel like to chew plant, my Cockatiel even try to chew paper on the floor. Actually they will chew everything that seem interesting to them. You have to be extra careful with some plant such as ivies and poinsettias.

  5. DO not place any vases of cut flowers, in the room which you want to let your pet Cockatiel fly free. This is because the bird could fly to it which it may fall and broke. Well, even you love your Cockatiel very much, it is still not nice to let the Cockatiel broke your furniture.

  6. You also should cover your aquarium (if you have any) before release the Cockatiel. This is because your Cockatiel may easily fall into the aquarium when it try to perch on it. And if you unaware the Cockatiel may drown in the aquarium. Even if the Cockatiel didnít fall into the water, it may drink the water which may contain some bacteria or chemical which will harm the birds.

  7. Any electrical fitting also should be switch of especially ceiling fan. The Cockatiel normally try to perch at the highest spot, which normally is your ceiling fan. If your Cockatiel try to do that when the fan is switch on, it is a very bad news. If your house have a very fancy lamp, which is easy to break, I think you should consider to let your pet Cockatiel fly in other room.


 

Cockatiel Books and Video Tapes from Avian Publications

The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook (Revised Edition) by Dr. Gary A. Gallerstein

Avian Medicine: Principles and Application (Abridged Edition) by Dr. Branson Ritchie, Dr. Greg Harrison, Linda Harrison & Dr. Donald W. Zantop

 

 


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