Summer is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as well as enjoy the company of our pet. The summer can be hot and annoying to some people and precautions always need to be taken to stay safe while in the heat. While we are protecting ourselves from the elements of summer we need to think about our pets, too. A pet is just like a person in that during the summer, extra precautions need to be taken to ensure a safe and happy experience. If you have a pet bird then you really need to think about how the sun and summertime affects them. If you are not sure about how to take care of your pet bird during the summer then here are some tips to keep in mind.
One of the most important pet bird care tips to remember is hotter weather means bacteria. In the summertime, the food you feed your pet bird will spoil quicker so you need to change their food at least two times a day. The summer heat also means the water bowl is a good place for bacteria to grow and mold to form. In the summertime you need to change the water you have out for your pet bird three times a day and wash the water container out with soap and water. If you have bedding down for your pet bird, the summer heat also increases the chances for mold to grow there as well. You should change the bedding in the cage at least once a day so there is no bacterium or mold forming. Being on top of changing the food, water and bedding in the cage where your pet bird is will help keep them happy and healthy during the summertime.
Summertime care for your pet bird also entails clipping their wings. The summertime might make your bird anxious and possibly try to escape due to the nice weather. If you clip the wings of your pet bird you will help keep them safe while indoors and also it helps prevent the bird from escaping. Whether you have a window open or door open, your bird might try to get out so they can enjoy the summertime weather so clipping the bird’s wings is a precautionary measure. Clipping the bird’s wings will also make sure your bird will not fly away if you decide to take your bird outside with you during the summer.
Check your windows and screens during the summertime to ensure your pet bird stays safe. You want to make sure that the screens are secured and are in good condition with no frays or holes. The windows should also be securely in place and held up with a latch so it does not fall down possibly injuring your pet bird. This tip should be used in conjunction with clipping your bird’s wings to help prevent them from flying near a window or out the window. Your bird can end up getting hurt by frayed edges of a screen or can end up getting trapped in a hole within the screen so it is important to take the time to check the condition of all screens and windows throughout your house.
Make sure if your bird is indoors that the bird is not directly in a path of sunlight. Sure a bird is going to be interested in the outside and wants to enjoy the sunlight, but this can also be dangerous. Make sure that your bird has a place to go to get away from the heat and sunlight if you have placed the bird cage in front of a window. The room and area where the bird cage is can get very hot if in direct sunlight and this can be harmful to your bird. You also always want to make sure you keep fresh water available for your bird during the summer while watching the outside activities.
Check any products you use to get rid of insects and other bugs during the summertime for toxicity to your pet bird. Insects and other small creatures are something we all have to deal with in the summertime and they can be annoying. Often times we spray chemicals around to keep these bugs and pests away, but they can be filled with harmful toxins. The chemicals in the products are often not safe for birds and most of them are toxic to a bird which can result in death. If you want to get rid of bugs or insects you should try to get non-toxic products or products that are not harmful to birds. Also you can often use household items to make a concoction of your own which works just as well.
If you plan on taking your pet bird outside to run errands with you, do not leave them in the car. If you want to go out with your pet you might want to think about getting them a bird harness so that you can keep them by you at all times. Just like a child can overheat in a car on a hot summer day, your bird also can fall victim to the hot summer weather. You do not want to leave your car unattended with the window rolled up while your bird is in there because even two minutes is enough time to kill them. A car has the potential to become very hot and this can cause injury to your pet bird or even death. Having a bird harness will allow you the opportunity to take your pet bird out with you without leaving them in the car where they could potentially die. A bird harness is also a good idea if you want to take your bird out with you because it can provide a secure distance your pet bird can travel so they do not get away from you.