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Sunday, March 21, 2004
Parrots And The Outdoors
Now that Spring is here, many people like to take their birds outdoors. We sent this letter to all of our friends today to remind them to observe the following precautions and enjoy the experience.
Trim Flight Feathers. If you haven't clipped your bird's wings in a few months, unfold the wings and make sure that no flight feathers have grown out over the winter. Parrots may not have enough lift to fly inside but the slightest breeze can give them the ability to fly outdoors. When we talk about parrots flying away we don't mean soaring like other birds. All a parrot has to do is reach the lowest branch in a tree. Their natural instinct is to climb as high up the tree as they can. At nightfall owls and other predators can and will kill your pet.
Consider Buying A Harness. For those of you who prefer not to clip your bird's wings there are several types of flight suits and harnesses for sale that will allow you to take your bird outside in relative safety. Please note that anytime a fully flighted bird is taken outside, regardless of the harness, the odds of it escaping are much higher than that of a clipped bird.
Provide Food And Water. If you are taking your bird outside for more than an hour you will have to provide the bird with fresh water or fresh fruit. Having your bird with you is like taking a small child. Make provisions to care for it while you are out.
Avoid Shocking Your Bird. Birds in public are "people magnets". Everyone who sees it wants to touch it or hold it. Some species handle this better than others. Cockatoos, Amazons, Eclectus and Macaws can be around strangers and enjoy the experience. African Greys do not socialize well. There are exceptions to every rule. Keep an eye on your bird to make sure that it is comfortable. If it shows signs of nervousness or displays aggressive behavior it is time to take it home.
Outdoor Cages. A outdoor cage is an excellent way for your bird to enjoy the spring. Make sure that the cage is not in full sunlight. Take precautions that outdoor dogs and cats cannot harass your bird. Again, provide plenty of food and fresh water and monitor the bird to make sure it is content in its new surroundings. A free-standing perch is never suitable for an unattended bird outdoors. Never leave your bird outside at night.
Be cautious and careful and have fun...Craig
- posted by J-Birds @ 8:08 AM |
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