Halloween is fast approaching and when it gets here, there are very probably going to be little costumed people knocking on your door saying “Trick or Treat” and looking for the goodies that you have to put in their little sacks or containers. Halloween is a time when many people like to decorate with ghoulish items inside and outside their homes. If you have a bird, the Halloween celebrations need a little tweaking to make it birdie safe.
The noise and confusion of costume parties is way too extreme for most pet birds. Leave your bird at home if you’re invited out to a party; if you’re the host, move your bird to a quiet room during the height of the festivities, don’t be letting people pop in and out of the room to ooooo and aaarrrr at your bird it isn’t fair to keep disturbing their nights rest just because you want to be loud and show them off.
Supervise your bird. Halloween things such as candles, imitation cobwebs and apple-bobbing vats can be hazardous to the ever nosy parrot and you know how the love to join in!
If you can’t move your bird to another room during the party do not allow guests to share drinks, snacks or Halloween candy with your bird make sure they go into the garden to have a cigarette (those that are your true friends love and respect you will understand why you ask and it won’t be an issue).
The high concentration of sugar in candy can cause digestive upsets. Serious illness and even death can occur if your bird consumes alcohol. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to birds and other pets too.
Protect your pet bird from frightening costumes and the eyes of predatory strangers. Put him safely inside his bird cage during trick-or-treat hours.
Reduce the risk of burns by using small flashlights instead of candles inside pumpkins displayed indoors scented candles can be doubly dangerous to your birds not only the flame, the hot wax but also the aroma being burned off.
Make sure your exotic pets cannot reach the wires leading to any decorations or lights.
Keep your pets away from the door during trick-or-treat time. Your pet may be stressed by the unusual activity. If your pet is not confined he or she may shoot out the door amidst the activity. In addition cool drafts may result from the door being opened repeatedly.
Keep the pumpkin seeds when you hollow out your pumpkin. Your birds will love them. You can give them a fresh helping from the pumpkin, the rest wash clean and dry by popping onto a stainless steel cookie sheets or pan in a 300-degree oven for future use, you can even just pop them into their seed mix or use as training treats. Time to take advantage of autumn produce to add chunks of vitamin A rich pumpkin and squash to your bird’s menu a totally yummy healthy boost.
Have a lovely birdie safe Halloween
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