Subject: How We Kill Our Pet Birds

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Hi Friend

We spend so much time talking about how to care for our birds, the right bird food, proper size bird cage the right bird cage accessories and bird toys. But we never talk about the other side. The sadly ironic side of having a pet bird.

We've seen a picture of a bird  with his head in a glass twice in the last week on Facebook. Lot's of "oh how cute" comments. We hate raining on parades BUT t
he single biggest reason our birds & parrots die is - we kill them.

Rather than expanding on each and every hazard, I'm going to list all the we came up with. Let us know about your experiences so we can help other pet bird owners. 
  • Lands on edge of drinking glass, reaches down for liquid and falls head first & drowns
  • Flies or falls into a mop bucket
  • Flies or falls into a toilet
  • Flies into a mirror
  • Water bottle malfunctions while you're out-of-town for 3 days - bird suffers dehydration
  • Electrocution by chewing through electrical wire
  • Flies into open oven
  • Flies into boiling water pot
  • Fumes emitted from Teflon cookware heated over 535 degrees (Birds are 90% lungs - people)
  • Using Teflon coated heat lamps to keep babies warm has killed chicks even at zoos
  • Bird gets stuck on single toy hung in middle of cage - gets tired and can't reach cage walls to leave toy - falls off toy from exhaustion
  • Toe caught in knot of chain - flaps uncontrollably until injury or death
  • Flies into old fashion glue fly paper - flaps uncontrollably until injury or death
  • Mouse trap under couch
  • Impaled on knife or sharp object on kitchen counter
  • Bird gets laid on because someone thought it was cute to sleep with their bird
  • Flying out the door
  • Ingestion of home cleaning product
  • Sucked into a vacuum
  • Stepped on
  • Squeezed too hard by a young child
  • Bird bites finger, clamps on - person shakes hand to get bird to release - bird hits floor or wall and dies
  • Run-ins with ceiling fans (Vets call them shredded tweet!)
  • Second hand smoke
  • Crushed in a sliding glass door
  • Other house pet kills bird
  • Other birds - Lovebirds will bite other birds toes - toe loss can cause a bird to bleed to death
  • Wrong human food - avocado, chocolate, caffeine etc.
  • Place bird in outdoor cage in the morning, bird bakes in afternoon sun
  • Introduce sick bird into home without quarantine
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Mitch Rezman
Vice President
Windy City Parrot, Inc

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