Is your feathered friend safe? Do you have a pet bird? A songbird such as a canary or finch? A parrot? Do you know how to make it safe in your house? Do you know the history and care of your particular bird? If you purchase your bird, you should also purchase a care book. Actually you should read the care book before you bring the bird home. Many birds are more sensitive than others.

Birds are very sensitive to changes in their environment, and it does not take much to upset a bird and cause ill health.


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Canaries and the Mines

That is why in the 1800's, coal miners would take a canary down into the mines with them. They are very sensitive to pollutants in the air, even before us as humans can detect them. If the canary died, then the coal miners knew they had to get out as the air quality was diminishing.

So, that being said, you want to keep your pet happy and safe, this is a really good reason why your feathered friend should not be in the kitchen. You may think this is a great spot for him, especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but in reality, there are lots of dangerous fumes that you may be able to tolerate but your bird cannot.

For example: Did you know that nonstick pans that are over high heat, can give off toxic fumes that can hurt your pet bird? As well as aerosol cleaners, such as oven cleaners, and air fresheners and gas from gas stoves, and cooking smells. These are all very difficult and toxic for your pet to deal with, therefore you should find him a home in another room. The temperatures in the kitchen can fluctuate a lot, and so can the humidity, it is not a good environment for your feathered friend.

You need to find a room that you can watch the temperature. Many birds are sensitive to temperature changes. You need to keep the bird cage away from open windows and drafts.

Keep away from antique bird cages, unless you know its history, as they may have been painted with lead paint. You should use a stainless steel cage for your best bird friend.

Now that you have your home safe. Why not make him some homemade treats?

If you have a canary or a finch, then try this home treat recipe:


1/4 cup crunchy natural peanut butter

1/2 cup high quality finch seed mix

1/4 cup wheat germ

In a bowl mix together the peanut butter and seeds. Pour wheat germ into a shallow dish. Form the peanut butter mix into small tiny balls and roll the balls in the wheat germ. The little balls should be well coated with the wheat germ.

Serve one ball as a treat for your songbirds, and you can keep some in the fridge for a month and the rest in the freezer for 3 months. It is much cheaper than the store bought songbird treats.