Whether you’re thinking of creating an entire room for one or more birds, whether they have fully or partially trimmed flight feathers, safety should always be your first concern. Your avian veterinarian can give you a list of potentially dangerous household items. We have also compiled a shortlist of items commonly found in the house that are harmful to your birds. We encourage you to join the bird club in your area as these topics are often discussed. The help of other parrot enthusiasts is helpful in ensuring that all precautions are taken in designing bird-safe buildings in the room and that it is fun, colorful and safe.
Lighting fixtures, and electrical sockets and cords in the bird room
The electrical outlets in the room must all be covered with plug-ins. These are easy to install and inexpensive. The color of the plugs should be neutral or matched to the color of the electrical outlets so as not to attract the attention of the birds. Check the status of the cover-ups regularly for any signs of damage or wear.
The electrical cords essential to the bird room must be hidden under planks or in plastic tubes, i.e. kept out of the reach of birds.
The light bulbs in the room must be installed in bird-safe lighting fixtures and should not be exposed. Not only are blisters a risk of burns, but large bird species are also able to eat them! The ceiling lights are preferable because they usually have no exposed wires and cannot be stirred like a table lamp.
Ceiling fans should be removed from the room where possible to prevent accidental injury. If this is not possible, the fan cord switches must be removed and a safety switch must be installed on the turn-off button. Instinctively, birds often associate movements above them, such as those of a fan, with those of predators such as birds of prey.
bird-safe windows and door
Make sure all doors and windows are safe, especially the doors that lead outside. These must close and lock, even if your birds have their flying feathers trimmed. Intruders that your birds see-through windows, such as cats and birds of prey, can frighten your birds and cause them stress, as they maintain their natural instinct for prey even if they are born in captivity. Also, make sure that doors and windows with mosquito nets are bird-proof and predator-proof.
Stickers must be placed on windows or they must be lined with curtains made of light fabric to make them visible.
Vertical blinds should be avoided because they are very dangerous! Birds can get caught and entangled in the drawcords.
Dangerous products for birds
It is important to remove any decorative items as well as candles or replace them with safe ones.
All hazardous products that may be contained in the part must be removed (dangerous list).
Consideration of risky decorative items is essential.
It is important to remove candles, air fresheners, colored bugs, fly-killing papers,
To keep food fresh and avoid contamination, we recommend keeping seeds, millet and extruded food from your birds in resealable and airtight containers.
Obviously, a waste container is convenient in a bird room. A secure container with a flip lid works well and is easy to clean. Ideally, the waste container should not contain a plastic bag, as it poses a risk of suffocation to the birds. If a bird inadvertently ends up in the container, it may become entangled and suffocate. On the other hand, if plastic bags are needed, they should not be scented.
Cleaners for windows, floors, cages, and accessories must be safe for birds.
If you are remodeling and painting the room, be sure to check that any paint used is safe. Most of today’s paintings are safe, but walls, moldings, and furniture covered with old paint may contain lead. If you need to sand or paint the room, do so before taking your birds there, as volatile substances and particles are harmful to birds if exposed and breathe.
The perfect floors and ceilings in the bird room
Ideally, remove any carpets from the bird room, as dust and dander remain trapped in the material. If carpets cannot be removed, protectors such as rubber mats are handy to cover them. The gaps between the planks on a wooden floor are also difficult to clean. Ceramic tiles and linoleum are ideal for good air quality, as well as easy to clean.
You can install plastic panels to cover the walls that are near the cages; this will make it easier to clean dirty walls. Plastic panels are also more practical than wooden or drywall walls when birds are burnt.
Humidifiers and air conditioners
Depending on the climate you live in, and if the room’s air is dry during the winter, especially if you are heating with electricity, your birds will benefit from a humidifier. However, these are known for the bacteria and spores they contain, so it is extremely important to maintain them.
Air conditioners can also be installed to cool the air, especially in tropical climates. However, like humidifiers, air conditioners must be well maintained to prevent air from becoming contaminated with bacteria and spores.
Birds give off a lot of dust, especially when they molt. Installing an air exchanger or air purifier can be very beneficial to the health of your family and your flock. Be sure to change air filters regularly.
Heaters covered with polytetrafluoroethylene or asbestos should never be used near your bird room.
Bird pieces designed for a healthy lifestyle
In order to encourage a versatile lifestyle and accommodate the room for the comfort and safety of your birds, the room will require certain facilities such as a day cage. Birds need a safe haven where they can take a break away from the fly to rest, eat or simply contemplate their surroundings in solitude.
Some birds living in a room develop a healthy social hierarchy and are able to behave well, flourish and enrich their lives with the social aspect of the dynamics of a flock. For some, this is possible since they are placed in their respective resting cages in the evening by their owners, or because they simply enter their cage by themselves, which is covered at night. Any accessory, box or item that resembles a nest or that may be perceived as such by a growing juvenile bird or an adult bird should not be present in the room, as this may trigger hormone production and territorial behavior, and therefore aggressive behavior towards the guards or other birds on the fly.
Accessories to consider for the bird room.
Place cages, hanging toys and ropes so that birds cannot reach lighting fixtures or switches, moldings, walls, and ceilings. Throw away any damaged rope toy in which your bird might become entangled. Climbing ropes and nets, swings, perches, and play and activity areas must all be properly anchored if attached to the ceiling or walls. A protective device should be used to prevent direct access to the walls and ceiling, as birds will chew quickly through them. Some owners are very creative and use recycled materials to make their room functional and tested by the natural instinct to chew birds.
If you plan to use natural foliage to enhance your bird’s environment and contribute to the natural purification of the air, plant species should be carefully selected, as many indoor plants are harmful to birds if ingested.
Regardless of whether the design of the room allows the penetration of natural light, it is best to plan the installation of a full-spectrum light fixture. A night lamp or emergency lamp (battery-powered) comforts birds in the event of a power outage. Many also choose to install night lamps in bird rooms to minimize common nocturnal scares in Cockatiel or birds with physical difficulties.
Visual stimulation is very popular among parrot lovers at the moment. Televisions are often installed in bird rooms to allow them to watch stimulating videos. The screen and electrical cords must be protected at all times so that birds cannot access them. Wall-mounted TVs are ideal.
Window roosts are sometimes birds’ favorite places to roost, as they provide visual stimulation. Make sure, however, that the birds are able to move from the roost if they feel like it, especially if their flying feathers are trimmed.
As a property owner, you must ensure that all birds on the fly are compatible with each other. If a bird exhibits territorial behavior, the isolation of this bird in a separate sleeping area can sometimes mitigate the aggressive and territorial behavior developed around the cage. Make sure all birds in the room are healthy, as a flock can act instinctively and attack a weak or failing individual. In addition, birds with uncut flight feathers may be aggressive towards those with trimmed flight feathers. During these interactions, “attack-leak” reactions can be observed.
This is a great way to start designing a safe and stimulating environment for its birds.