Bird Proofing Your House


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  • As with any other pet, never leave a child and your pet bird unsupervised especially active, over-excited Caiques. While they are good pets, children—even adults—who don’t know how to handle them can hurt the bird or get hurt themselves. Make it a point to teach your children how to care for and handle your Caique in a safe manner. This is applicable for any kind of pet you have in your home.
  • If you have an aquarium, it is best to cover it so that your Caique will not accidentally ingest a fish or drown in it. If you have other pets such as dogs, cats or reptiles, make sure that their cages are placed in different areas of the house so they don’t harm each other.
  • The cage is your bird’s home; make sure that it is placed in a safe and comfortable place. Avoid locations that are too hot, too drafty or too cold. You can put a blanket cover on your cage at night to add extra security to your pet. Do not place your cage near any kind of fan as your bird may accidentally be sucked into it when it is out of the cage. Do not place it near heating lamps or things that have cords.
  • When bringing your bird out of the cage for play time and exercise, make sure that all windows are closed, shut and covered. Birds are not familiar with glass panes and when uncovered, our bird might slam into them.
  • When you cover your glass windows or panes, you are preventing your bird from seeing the outdoors and will keep it interested on what is inside the house.
  • Make sure that the screens on your windows are mounted securely and that there are no holes wherein your pet bird can get trapped or injured. As a precaution, you might want to clip your Caique’s wings to slow down its flight. You can also place a lanyard on one of its legs to limit its flight span. Trim your bird’s nails regularly to that they don’t snag drapes, curtains and table cloths which can lead to injury.
  • Keep your bird away from cluttered rooms as well as rooms with breakables, electronic equipment and mechanical devices. Your bird may get injured or trapped in wires, broken glass and the likes.
  • Caiques are inquisitive, energetic birds that like to get into small spaces. Make sure they are not hiding in cupboards or cabinets before you close such. Also avoid bringing them near corners and nooks lest they think it’s a good place to nest and you won’t be able to find them.
  • Cover all air ducts so your bird won’t crawl into them and get lost or injured.
  • Tinsel and Christmas decorations, like cords and wires, can entrap your birds and injure them accidentally. Make sure you keep your bird away from these when playing outside its cage.
  • Before you throw in your laundry into the washer or dryer, or when you lay new bed sheets, check that your bird is safe in its cage because you may not notice it walking into sheets or clothes and accidentally hurt them.    
  • When you are cooking, make sure that your bird is safe in its cage. Open pots, steam, fumes and even chemical solutions pose a threat to your Caique. Even the simple butter or margarine can cause your Caique’s feathers to be matted and render it immobile.
  • Remember that not all human food is okay for your pet bird. Avocados, salt, coffee beans, tea, onion, garlic, yeast dough and caffeinated beverages can cause illness or death when ingested.
  • Keep your toilet and bathroom doors closed. Not only will accidentally inhaled fumes cause death to your bird, they might also drown in water reservoirs.
  • When you use chemical solutions for cleaning your home, make sure that your bird is safe in its cage so that they won’t inhale fumes or accidentally drink toxic chemicals.
  • Never use herbicides, insecticides and pesticides near your bird.
  • Make sure that the cage is free from zinc, arsenic and lead as these chemicals are dangerous to your Caique, as with other animals.

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