Budgerigars have long become habitual inhabitants in our apartments, here it is easier for them to survive and there is no need to get food on their own. However, old age is far from the only cause of death of birds, so why does this happen and why do parrots die at home?
A safe environment is entirely your responsibility, because there are many factors that threaten the life of a budgie even in a normal room.
Safety when walking
Most often, parakeets are injured when flying in a room, it is quite difficult for novice owners to anticipate all the potentially dangerous threats that result in a tragedy.
And sometimes, there are pets in the apartment who are not afraid to show their hunting instincts and start chasing a parrot, which may result in the death of the bird.
Why are windows so dangerous? It is not only about open windows in which parrots can fly out.
Even when closed, the windows pose a threat, the wavy can hit transparent glass and cause serious injury, concussion or damage the spine in the neck. The latter will inevitably lead to death, since death occurs almost instantly.
If the bird was brought to the house recently, then try to avoid flying for about a month so that the parrot has the opportunity to study the situation and get used to it, this will make the first walk much more comfortable. Before releasing the bird, remove or cover the mirrors and windows with a cloth, make sure that all the windows are closed.
In addition to fabric, blinds and curtains will be a good help, it is also possible to seal windows with paper using tape. Over time, the wavy will get used to the situation, its movements in flight will become more coordinated, and it will be possible to gradually remove the paper, without forgetting to carefully monitor the behavior of the bird.
Cabinets and doors
Often there are a lot of books, statuettes and other decorative things on the shelves of cabinets that, when dropped, can cause injury to the bird, do not forget that parrots are very fragile. A book that has fallen from a meter high can easily kill a budgie. Cabinet doors should be closed, if this is not possible, then move all objects on the shelf to the rear wall in order to avoid accidental falling.
When closing interior doors or cabinets, make sure that the bird is not sitting on or near them. Be sure to warn everyone who is in the apartment about a parrot’s walk, because the wavy not only flies, but also moves on the floor, and may become a victim of a slipper or a door that unexpectedly closes.
Also carefully inspect the room for cracks, whether it is the distance between the cabinets or bedside tables, or the space from the wall to the furniture. If the parrot falls into a similar trap, it will not be able to get out on its own and will likely be injured.
Open vessels and aquariums
Deep vases, open decanters and glass jars need to be removed or closed so that the parrots could not get inside. The greatest danger is open aquariums with water. The wavy, feeling thirsty, will try to satisfy her by crouching on the edge.
The bird is not always able to calculate its strength and coordination, which ultimately leads to a fall in the tank with water. That is why the aquarium should be covered at least for a walk.
Bathroom and kitchen
Drowning also threatens the open door to the bathroom, parrots can fly into the toilet or a full bath of water. In addition, there are powders, bleaches and other cleaning products in the room, which curious birds will definitely risk trying.
The consequences will depend on the "menu" of the parrot, or it will receive severe poisoning, or it will burn the esophagus with Domestos or Adrilan, which will lead to death.
We figured out why the wavy should avoid the bathroom, but why is the kitchen a dangerous place for a parrot?
Quite simple, here is a short list of potential threats:
- Open pots with water or boiling contents.
- Products from the general table.
- Cups with hot drinks.
- Light gas or hot electric stoves.
- Poisonous fumes from Teflon cookware.
Contact with any of the above items threatens a parrot with poisoning or a burn, the severity of which will depend on the duration. The bathroom and kitchen should always be closed while the parrot is walking.
It would seem obvious why parrots cannot be left in the same room with other pets. But there will always be owners who believe that it is their dog, cat or ferret that will not cause harm to the wavy. Often the consequences of such carelessness are not long in coming.
The dog or cat does not have to be aggressive towards the bird in order to kill it. Sometimes everything happens by accident, when the dog wants to play, carelessly presses the parrot with his teeth and takes his life.
But cats, if possible, will open the hunt for a flying parrot, because there are instincts that are inherent in nature, and you should not forget about this and consider your pets “more decent” than the rest.
Any scratch or bite received by a parrot from animals carries a great danger. Saliva is very rich in bacteria that can lead to blood poisoning and death in the future.
Most often, birds die due to contact with cats, whose saliva contains the bacterium Pasteurella, which becomes fatal with the slightest weakening of the health of the budgerigar.
In addition to the one indicated for the pet, other factors can also be dangerous, for example, water in his drinker or potted plants!
It is important to remember also to remember the temperature regime of the budgie.
Always monitor the purity and quality of water. If the parrot does not drink for more than two days, it will die from dehydration, the wavy has a quick metabolism, which means that any malaise can instantly turn into a big problem, which will end fatally without surgery.
We are not always aware that the plants that are at home can be poisonous, so before releasing the bird for a walk, it is worth removing all the pots. This will help protect the plants themselves from the parrot, which does not disdain to scrub the leaves for pleasure.
A cactus, for example, can leave its needles in an active parrot after close contact, as a result of which the wounds become inflamed and cause serious discomfort to the bird.
These are diseases that could have been avoided with due attention to safety. One of the common mistakes made by the owner of a parrot is to share a new tenant with an old one, without quarantine.
In no case do not kiss the parrot, your saliva can carry a lot of pathogenic bacteria and fungi, which will eventually kill the bird. Also try to avoid contact with other parrots, we are talking about exhibitions.
Of course, every owner of a budgerigar wants to brag about his pet, but you should think twice before participating in an event where the infection is able to indulge in the air.
Budgerigars are not able to tolerate heat, with increasing temperature they will always tend to fall into the shade, swim and quench their thirst. But when there is no opportunity to hide from the sun, the budgerigar begins hyperthermia, shortness of breath appears, and the body rapidly loses water.
And what you definitely shouldn’t do is leave the birds in the car. In a confined space, the air warms up quickly, and the careless owners, busy collecting things or other things, often forget about the pet, which suffers from severe overheating and thirst, which will end in the death of the parrot.
The safety of the budgerigar lies entirely on your shoulders, the life of your bird depends on how scrupulously you approach the preparation of the first flight, the quality of food purchased and the absence of potential threats.
Of course, it is difficult to immediately keep track of all the nuances, but over time it will become a useful habit that will protect your pet.