A bird can get into the exact same kinds of trouble a 2-year-old human child can get into.
We only want to provide our companions with
the safest toys and we hope you find some guidleines to provide
Sleep Tents/Happy Huts: Sun
counres love to chew and it can lead to danger. There are so many
reported accidents from Happy Huts becomming entangled and strangling
a bird not to mention loss of feet or toes. Examine it daily and
make sure its safe. The following images, provided by Nicole Ryan
show the dangers of a Happy Hut.
Heavy Metal Poisoning: Zinc
is extremely toxic to birds. Sources include galvanized cage wire,
clips or staples, bird toy snaps, zippers, keys, nails, plumbing
nuts, nuts on animal transport cages, hardware cloth, padlocks,
chrome, and some antirust paints, shampoos and skin preparations.
Lead is also extremely toxic to birds. Common sources of lead include
lead paint, lead fishing weights, curtain weights, lead frames of
stained glass windows and tiffany lamps, foil from champagne bottles,
lead solder, old pewter, lead batteries and weighted ashtrays and
toys.Copper is also potentially toxic to birds although avian toxicity
from this metal is less common. Acidic foods stored in copper containers
may leach out copper, and occasionally copper piping for water is
a potential source of increased copper in the diet if the water
is slightly acidic and has been allowed to remain in contact with
the piping for some length of time. Allowing the water from the
tap to run for a few minutes before filling the water dishes will
prevent this problem. Look closely at anything your bird might play
with and chew including new toys. If you don't know what type of
metal is on the toy then don't take the chance of them chewing it.
Avoiding toys from China is a good practice. Never use a cage with
CATS: Cats commonly have Pasteurella
bacteria as part of their natural flora. While this bacteria is
ubiquitous in cats and does them no harm, it is DEADLY to birds.
If your bird is ever in a confrontation with a cat, take him to
the vet immediately even if there are NO apparent wounds. The bird
could still have been exposed to this bacteria. You should get your
bird to a vet the same day if you think it has come in physical
contact with a cat's saliva, feces, or food. This bacteria means
even friendly relationships between cats and birds are not safe.
COMMON HOUSEHOLD HAZARDS
Unclipped birds are at most risk when it comes to certain household
hazards, such as open doors, open toilets, pots and pans on the
stove (burned/boiled/drowned/covered in oil), deep water in kitchen
sinks or pails, ceiling fans, electrical wires, and anything the
bird could chew and ingest that could cause damage to them. Anything
that could kill a small child can kill a bird.
Overheated Oil: It has been reported that overheated oil
on the stovetop can be as lethal to birds as overheated teflon.
Be sure that birds are removed from the kitchen immediately if you
burn oil and vent the room thoroughly. Vents over ovens should be
used on high at all times when cooking in a bird household.
Avocado, Chocolate, Coffee, Salt: Chocolate, coffee, and
cocoa contain theobromine, which is toxic to birds. Do not give
these to your birds and do not leave them out where your bird could
get a hold of them. Avocado is toxic, particularly to African species,
but should not be given to any birds. Parrots cannot excrete salt
the way we can. High-salt foods can be harmful to them. Junk food
is not good for your parrot. Avoid high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt
snacks. Once in a blue moon won't kill them, but beware of giving
foods like this. Do not give alcohol to your bird under any circumstances.
Cleaners, Aerosols, Candles, Plug in air fresheners, Other Household
Items:While it cannot be definitively said that these substances
were the cause of death, most avian specialists would advise bird
owners to avoid exposing their companion birds to any strong chemicals,
particularly aerosolized chemicals, due to the delicate nature of
their lungs. If you use any sprays or scented products it is advisable
that you remove birds from the environment until the smell has completely
subsided (at least 2-3 hours). Also, do not use scented cleaners/chemicals
on items the bird might chew.
Teflon: fumes are poisonous to birds
I know many people will say it's okay to use as long as you don't
overheat it, but all it takes is a few minutes of inattention for
a nonstick pan to overheat, releasing fumes that are known to kill
~This is only a brief list of safety hazards.
"Think" about your sun conure's safety before exposure