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“Cheep Tricks & Tips!” by Harry Cornwell
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The Best Room – Your Living Room
The bird should be located in a room where people are either present or
passing through most of the day. Your bird needs as much social contact with
members of your family as possible. If it is left alone for periods, it will
become harder to train and more likely to develop one or more behavioral
problems over time.
The kitchen is full of dangers.
Do not put your bird’s cage in your kitchen. It would be subjected to changes
in temperature when food is being cooked.
It is bad for people, too. The bird’s droppings could end up on food if it was
out of its cage at any time.
Cleaning products are high risk to the bird.
Fumes from non-stick cookware are a very serious problem. Dupont
(manufacturer of Teflon®) have this warning on their site:
Bird owners should be aware that there are potential dangers in the
kitchen. Cooking fumes, smoke and odors that have little or no effect
on people can seriously sicken and even kill some pet birds, often
quite quickly. Also cooking fumes from any type of unattended or
overheated cookware, not just nonstick, can damage a bird's lungs
with alarming speed.
If you put the bird and its cage outside on a sunny day, make sure that
someone is with the bird and cage at all times.
Wild birds or stray animals can very quickly attack and injure or kill cage
birds, sometimes even when a human is present.
make sure that the cage has sufficient shade and check the water supply
frequently. Small birds like budgerigars cannot survive lack of water or food
very long.
Ensure that your bird is covered up and not disturbed each night. Most
parrots need about ten hours minimum sleep every night. Interruptions and
nights with less sleeping time can have serious effects on your bird’s comfort
and, over time, on its health.