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Know Your Exit Plan

Discussion in 'Home and Environmental Hazards' started by DizzyBlue, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    I will say a towel and the pillow case is still the quickest was but I would leave a travel cage near to him. I could of had a fire if I had not noticed wires bitten through by my birds but also I have lost my two Parrot finches after the heated cage developed an electrical fault. I was lucky that it did not affect other birds in the room and that the fuse tripped and no fire had started. My home is mainly wood and fire can be a major concern I have a very good alarm set up that was installed by the fire brigade. it would be very difficult to evacuate the birds in there cages from the bird room and the only way out apart from going through my whole bungalow is via a small double window. I have fire extinguish in most rooms and fire blankets standing by.
  2. K8

    K8 Regular Member

    Great helpful thread. I used to have awful fire phobia when growing up, saw a church burn down very fast when a toddler, apparently that did it.
    Am still very cautious, but only one of my cages fits through doorways. So pillow cases may be only option for ours. Have one travel cage always folded under double cage, but that takes time. Pak-o-bird is always around for green cheeks but in a panic, would they go in!??
    Thanks for info.
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  3. sunnyring

    sunnyring Regular Member

    leather gloves by cages is my sugguestion. then even in mad panic birds can be grabbed quickly and pillowcased. not nicest method to move a bird but effective.
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  4. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Time to remind everybody about knowing their exit plan in case of an emergency. Please have a read of this thread and ensure that heaven forbid something happens where you need to get out of your house in an emergency then humans and pets / animals alike have a plan in place to do so.
    Forget about carrier cages you will likely take too long to put them up so how about having a pillow case under the cage for use in an emergency? I know it sounds really harsh HOWEVER you get to make it up with your feather bundle later rather than risking your life and theirs whilst you figure out where you put the transport carrier and how to erect the ruddy thing whilst panic is taking hold! I do not suggest you practise grabbing your beloved bird and shoving them into a pillow case to test the theory BUT to perhaps think about the need for an exit plan for you and your family and taking polly parrot and billy budgie with you!
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  5. Heather2131

    Heather2131 Regular Member

    My travel cage is always built up and goes under the main cage, also a pillow case is always on top of it as I use this to carry the cage (handle broke off) quite handy if there was an emergency

    Im very paranoid about cases like this so threads like this are very helpful!
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  6. Parrot797

    Parrot797 Regular Member

    I would need an army of people,sadly very few live around me!
  7. JessCheekyMia

    JessCheekyMia Regular Member

    This has and is still a topic I have in our home. Alot of you know I am wheelchair bound and can't walk at all. So I have instructed hubby to get the birds out first. We will have to use pillow cases or a avian net (I bought to have around for emergencies, I hope it will work) as their will be no time to get them in their travel cages. If there is no chance or time to get me out I want hubby to stay out with our babies so they will still have a owner. I know people might think I am mad but I lost 2 birds and do not want to lose another.
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  8. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    I do not think you are mad but I do think that you are wrong in your thoughts, You are part of your birds life and if you do not get out they will get more stressed and if the fumes of a fire may of affected them then the stress of the ones they love no longer around will or may tip the birds chances of recovery to a negative position, if cages can be wheeled out the door then quite often this is the quickest way of getting the birds out and less stressful. I know the pain of loosing them is hard but you must also look on the benefits of there life and happiness, you are very important for your birds and also for Roy, for many reasons, some things to think about. how will your parting affect Roy? He will miss some one he loves and is very special, He will have to find work and have far less time with the birds that survive, He may not be able too cope and crack up (it happens to the strongest of us) He will have the conscience that he could of saved you and most or all the flock, I think he will be devastated would you want that? this is apart from finances may be difficult to obtain and finding a home even for a short term with birds may be more difficult for a single male. they need both of you to stay in there lives to be able to have the quality of a great loving home. One more thing I will miss you.
  9. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

  10. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    We have a nest system for smoke and Carbon Monoxide, that has a built in self test which it does automatically once a month.