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December 2018 by V. R. Duin


“Ack, Ack! Ack! Don't be cheap.
Bring us goodies, bring us a treat.
We don't have to wait on you.
You must share the work load, too”.

Dolly the Parrot, a book character and co-pilot for child education argues that “for the birds” is not a suitable description for a bird cage, bird owner or bird dish.

Why do some buildings, such as apartments and condominiums, declare no pets are allowed to live in the premises? Birds are among the animals that serve as emotional support animals. They break cold silence with words.

Could leniency come with assuming birds are caged? Fowl must be free to move and fly around. Wing flapping exercises do not offer the benefits of flying. It is unhealthy for birds to live out their lives in cages.

Let's keep it secret that birds are not always in their bird cages. Birds serve as comforting and loving lap and shoulder companions. Wild birds seek companionship in the flock. Unaccompanied birds get stressed.

Do landlords share a collective mindset? A bird in a cage is not the same as a dog or cat running loose. Feathered pets rarely cause news-breaking liability at private or public housing. This hypothesis seems to make sense.

Landlords and rental management companies rarely collect pet deposits and monthly charges for fish or birds. When damages exceed these security payments, problem owners get evicted, including those with birds.

The larger the parrot, the bigger the destruction. The Parrot Enrichment website discusses Toys and toy categories. Loose pets with jobs cause less disaster to wood, electrical cords, leather products, paper, and curtains.

Wing clipping is controversial. It is intended to prevent escape or endangerment. Done incorrectly, at a young age or to just one wing, it interferes with the natural flight reflex. Attempts may result in harmful falls.

Birds do not want messy homes. Birds clean house and amuse themselves by launching food and hulls between the bars of their cages. Full dishes keep birds foraging and entertaining themselves.

Bird droppings inside and outside of a cage can harbor diseases. Droppings land on walls and floors. Care must be taken to keep toddlers from playing with them. Down, dander and feathers may cause allergic reactions.

Why should something “for the birds” be of low value? Wild birds' eating habits feed creatures under trees. The physical activity of pet care is healthy for people. Pets enjoy around-the-clock care.

Birds tastefully decorate cages with colorful trinkets and toys. Some species obsess with decorating arrangements. A safe supply of bling and reflective mirrors may stimulate and entertain them for hours.

Toys may be homemade or purchased. Toys challenge birds to forage, chew, separate and shred items, stimulating work in the wild. Styrofoam products cause toxic reactions. Woven ones create deadly entanglements.

A parrot that stops preening needs evaluation. Change of diet, bathing or veterinary treatment may be required. A bird must Eat Like a Bird and preen to have the healthy sheen valued by owners of these feathered pets.

Daily cleaning in and around pet areas is required. Dirty cages, dishes, perches, toys and surrounding areas are not suitable for birds or owners. Filth is a source of contagious infections and illnesses.

How to Care for a Bird Cage: Hand-held vacuums can be helpful for cleaning discarded seed hulls, down and feathers. If feces don't dry like cement, there is no need to use a scrub brush before washing the cage.

Going to the birds means something is going bad. Feel sorry for birds in wet cages. Liners are paper products, like books and documents. Wet paper falls apart. Restoration costs should depress fowl friends.

Enjoy the following video. Some of V. R. Duin's “grand chicks” chow down, settle in and doze off in their bird dish. There is accompanying sound. The video was provided courtesy of her daughter. (21 seconds)

Starting to Settle In and Doze Off