Maximize Parrot Safety When Taking Your Pet Outside
Taking your pet bird outside can be super enriching for your pet and fun for both of you. Follow our simple guidelines, especially if you're new to birds. Keep in mind that while wild parrots fly for miles a day, they are also animals of prey. They rely on being in a huge flock to stay safe. As your birds "flock leader" consider these tips for keeping your bird safe during outdoor excursions.
Prevent Pet Bird Fly Off's
1. Always keep your parrot on a bird leash unless you've expertly and diligently taught it how to "recall." Bird leashes offer your bird a sense of freedom while preventing fly-off's. Whether you choose to use a FlightSuit Bird Diaper with optional leash or train your bird to wear the Aviator Bird Harness, a bird leash will allow you to pull your parrot close should a predator such as a mean dog or a hawk come along.
2. As you and your bird become more experienced with outdoor activities, develop & practice a recall routine. This is advanced bird training stuff, so do your research, seek professional advice and train your bird well.
3. Never keep your pet tethered to a stand with a bird leash without close supervision. If your bird becomes startled it could easily injure itself. If you live in an environment with lots of wild life or hawks, consider using an enclosure such as the Perch and Go Bird Carrier or the Pak O Bird Carrier.
Birds are Animals of Prey
Some brave aggressive animals and wild life may stalk and approach your pet even if you are around. While you're out with your bird for enjoyment, keep a vigilant watch for potential wildlife or predatory dogs or cats. Depending on the potential predator in your locality, consider practicing drills of:
STOP - PULL CLOSE - MOVE AWAY
Carry a loud whistle on a lanyard to startle potential predators.
Know your walking or hiking path and the potential wild-life in your area. If you're in a particularly "wild" area, consider the Pak O Bird or a Large Wingabago Bird Carrier that you can put in a Snap n Go Stroller. These used infant strollers are designed to hold an infant car seat. Lucky for us bird lovers, the Large Wingabago Bird Carrier fits perfectly in it.
Remember that wild animals tend to be more active at dawn and dusk, but this is not always the case.
Mosquito's and Gnats Pose Health Hazards in Humid Environments
If you live in an area other than the desert or high desert, mosquito's and gnats are a problem. Even though it may be difficult to pester your parrot, through thick feathers, mosquito's and gnats have radar detection to land on exposed skin around the eyes and nares. Feather pickers are also at risk for mosquito bites. Follow these tips
Stay away from areas of standing water
Consider wearing a Citronella Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
Remember that mosquito's and gnats are most active at dusk and dawn
Keep in mind that your pet bird may be adapted to a steady temperature throughout the year in a traditional home with heating and cooling. While birds feathers have insulating properties, a bird that has not been conditioned for extreme heat or cold may experience chills or over-heating. Your bird could succumb quickly if it can't regulate its body temperature.
Know signs of heat exhaustion
Teach bird to drink out of water bottle
Keep walks short and consider bring a mister in the heat of summer