Cockatiels are curious birds by nature, so be wary of various household hazards that can cause them injury. Because they are so inquisitive, they can get themselves into trouble rather quickly. Try not to let them out unsupervised. Keep track of where they are at all times.
Just as you child proof your home, you may also need to bird proof your home. Shall we go room by room and list some of the potential dangers for your cockatiel?
In the bathroom, you need to watch that your cockatiel doesn’t drown in your toilet. He could also breath in fumes that could harm him such as cleaning products, air freshener or perfume. Your cockatiel could also become ill if he nibbles on any prescription drugs. Cockatiels are also known to fly into mirrors, so make sure his wings are clipped.
In the kitchen your unsupervised bird could fall into the trash can, onto a hot stove plate, get left in the fridge or eat something he shouldn’t.
In the lounge, be careful, as your cockatiel may decide to crawl under a pillow or cushion, and he could get smothered, or accidentally sat on. He could get tangled up in your drapery cords, or eat poisonous substances like cigarette butts. Also watch out if you have an uncovered fish tank.
In your home office, beware of your bird eating glue sticks or impaling himself on a drawing pin. He could also get into trouble by chewing electrical cords and wires.
If your cockatiel is out and about, make sure all the fans are turned off. Before turning on the washing machine or tumble drier, make sure you know exactly where your cockatiel is.
Remember the dangers don’t stop with the furniture, fumes including cigarette smoke and household detergents could also overpower your cockatiel. Keep your pet away from anything that has a strong odor, and be sure to apply perfumes and hairsprays well away from your little friend.
If you are having your home painted or refurbished, consider moving your cockatiel out for the duration of the renovations. Exterminators also recommend that you remove your pets before they commence a job. Make sure your house is completely aired out before bringing your bird home again.
Other pets can also be household hazards for your cockatiel. A cat could claw him or try to eat him and a dog could step on him or bite him.