I have an open concept kitchen that's connected to my living room, where I plan to place my future budgies. The cage will be a few yards away from the kitchen however I'm worried that smoke from cooking will harm the birds. Should I move the cage somewhere else?
I had a similar situation at my previous apartment, so I made sure that absolutely nothing I used had any sort of non - stick or self - cleaning coating, as they can be very, very harmful.
I also chose to avoid any strong cleaning products. Other than basic dish soap, I actually used bird safe cleaner for everything else in the kitchen, since it was in such close proximity. I still do, even though the house I’m in now is all separate. I always buy huge bottles of the stuff I disinfect their cages with and it lasts forever. It cleans just as well as anything else and I like knowing that it can’t harm the birds.
Another thing is to make sure you let everything in in the kitchen cool completely before letting the birds out of their cage, and that there is nothing they can land in (like water in the sink, etc). It’s always a good idea to discourage them from going to that part of room anyway, but it’s best to be safe in case they get a sudden urge to explore! :P
Make sure the water isn’t icy cold, never too warm or hot.
The number 1 rule is don’t force a bath if its not wanted - the single best way to ruin bathing.
If you allow your bird to say no and give somw space the next time you try to give him a bath it will more likely happen.
Don’t immerse your bird in water, you don’t want to associate bathing with anything negative.
The 2nd most important rule is make it fun! Be silly with your bird, make high pitch noises, get wet yourself, splash water about.
I find running water is a sure fire hit because it’s very encouraging. It makes trickly noise - which is intriguing for them.
I bath louie in the kitchen sink, cup water in my hands and Vìola - one drenched bird.
The key is to make sure they feel stable and can’t slip on anything.
You could also try placing a suction perch in the shower with you. Although its difficult to ensure soap doesn’t get on your bird.
Using a spray bottle or placing a large flat bowl in the cage/on a table full of water. Trying both of those techniques at once.
I take av and lou outside and hose the cage to clean it and they get wet, so you could try misting them that way just let them go to the water and not forcing water onto them.
Try putting whole wet leafy veg in the cage such as silverbeet, spinach.
The key is just to make it enjoyable.
NEVER blow dry your bird, it defeats the purpose of bathing, dries out the skin which could lead to plucking issues and the obvious is it’s dangerous for burns if the air gets too Drying in the sun is a must in winter and a far better option then heaters or other forms of drying and keeps a stable body temperature.
Bathing promotes feather health and vitamim d assists with overall wellbeing.
I saw this talking rescue raven today at the bird sanctuary and honestly I don’t think it fully hit me how MASSIVE ravens are until now. Ronan Lynch is wandering around school with a GIANT FUCKING BIRD on his shoulder once she’s grown and no one is stopping him.
Apparently the handler, every time they take the bird out for people to look at up close, describes him as “basically a three year old with scissors for a face”. Ronan Lynch is constantly carrying around these face scissors. Chainsaw could and would fuck a dude up for her dad and just. No one is stopping him. This bird is huge and has a crazy sharp beak. He’s just walking around with the bird digging holes in all his shirts like yeah this is chill this is fine and no one seems to be like hey you can’t bring a bird in here. Are they too afraid? This bird is so big.
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— fordo (eventually frodo)
— fordey (pronounced like forty. if you’re on the team and you jokingly call her a random number you get fined 40$. if you’re not on the team and you jokingly call her a random number you get punched in the fucking face)
— chrysler (eventually toyota, honda, chevy.. ollie and wicks start a bet over who can go longest without calling her the same thing. it’s profoundly impractical. and genuinely annoying)
— forks (sometimes “sporks” cause the boys are cute aaa)
— this post was originally just gonna be a joke about cars but it went other places so sue me