June 17, 2016

Budgie Health Hazards

Budgie Health Hazards

Budgie Health Hazards


How many and which bird health hazards are your bird(s) exposed to every day? Do you know? Do you know how to treat and detox your birds if they have been exposed to various combinations of bird health hazards? Have you ever wondered why some birds only live a few years and others live many years?  Would you like your birds to have a long healthy life? Perhaps now is the best time to know about your birds, their cages and cage furniture and any bird health hazards and general day to day management?

These notes are to help you prevent your pet or caged birds coming to grief though “misadventure”. Preventative medicine is usually much cheaper and more effective then trying to fix a problem after the event.
For the purpose of these notes “hazard” or “hazardous” refer to something that is likely to adversely affect your budgies health or safety.
Hazardous Bird Cages.

ndoor Cages with any of the following features are hazardous.

  • Cages with inadequate carrying handles which will not support the weight of the cage and its contents. Cages dropped while containing budgies can kill or maim them or result in their escape
  • Cages made from galvanized metal which may be chewed off, swallowed and cause heavy metal poisoning
  • Cages with peeling paint, which may be swallowed and poisonous as above
  • Tall cylindrical cages with unevenly spaced wire where the roll joins. Toes and legs may become jammed and broken
  • Small Dome plastic cages
  • Cages in disrepair, from which the budgies may escape or be injured
  • Cages lacking door latches from which the budgies may escape
  • Cages which are difficult to clean and disinfect
  • Cages made of other toxic materials

Outdoor Cages with any of the following features are hazardous

  • Any or all the above
  • Cages without a physical solid barrier on 3 sides and a roof to provide protection from inclement and extremes of weather and security when predators are near
  • Wire cages without a second outside layer of wire about 2 inches (5 cm) from the inside to stop predatory birds pushing their beak into the cage
  • Walk-in Aviaries without a trap door/airlock area
  • Aviaries with dirt floors, leaky water containers, taps or hoses
  • Aviaries containing mice, rats, rabbits, tortoises or incompatible species of birds

Hazards within bird cages

  • Cages overcrowded with toys, perches, surplus food and water containers which prevent exercise and flight
  • Cages containing fine wire, fine synthetic threads, sources of lead, zinc, copper; galvanized and/or soldered food or water containers, sandpaper perch sleeves, sandpaper floor sheets, metal perches, doweling perches, mirrors with unprotected backing, perches positioned one above another
  • Cages containing accumulations of faeces, dust and/or moist moldy food, or fouled water
  • Cages with dried regurgitated debris stuck to the mirror and/or other parts of the cage

Hazards where bird cages are put.Beware of the following hazards:

  • Predators such as other birds, cats, dogs, snakes, rats, mice and goannas!
  • Certain children!
  • Extremes of weather
  • Exposure to toxic sprays, fumes and poisons, including adjacent or overhanging poisonous plants
  • Hazards for budgies enjoying “freedom” outside their cages within the house
  • Any opportunity for escape such as open windows, doors, chimneys
  • sources of poisons including heavy metal poisoning with lead, zinc or copper; poisonous plants; rat and mouse bait; poisons such as pesticides, mothballs, cockroach traps, poisons such as pesticides, mothballs, cockroach traps, exposure to caustics including strong cleaning agents
  • sources of trauma including fans and predators (including house pet dogs and cats)
  • potential burns from fire, heaters, kitchen (frying pan, stove, oven, open pots, washing up water)
  • Sources of radiation from television and computer monitors etc.
  • traps such as narrow space traps behind wall cupboards and chimneys; mouse traps
  •  potential drowning in lids-up toilets and sinks