Stress-Free Fireworks Tips For Bird Owners

Use these tips to celebrate the holiday without worrying about your pet bird getting stressed out by fireworks.

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America celebrates the Fourth of July each year with food, fun and, of course, fireworks! But while you’re out having fun, don’t forget about your bird. Loud noises and bright flashes of light can stress out most birds. Follow these tips to keep your bird as stress-free as possible.

1. Know Your Bird

Some birds, like Amazon parrots, are totally unfazed by the sounds of fireworks and even get excited with the festivities. Other birds, such as African grey parrots and cockatoos tend to be a little more wary of what’s going on around them.

2. Cover Up

Move your pet bird to a room where the windows can be covered, or cover its cage. Bright lights from fireworks can frighten your bird just as much as the sound. Provide a tent for your pet bird to hide in.

3. Play Music

Turn on calm, soothing music to drown out the noise from fireworks. Choose a song that your bird relaxes to.

4. Board Your Pet Bird

Consider boarding your pet bird for the evening at a vet’s office or qualified avian store, away from areas where fireworks will be. While your bird is there, it might make a few friends!

5. Remain Calm

If you’re worried or stressed, your pet bird will pick up on it and add to its own stress. If your bird is stressed during fireworks, remain calm.

6. See Your Avian Vet

If your bird is known for becoming overstressed because of loud noises, speak to your avian veterinarian. They may be able to recommend solutions to help keep your bird calm.

7. Stay Indoors

Throughout the day, people might set off fireworks, so keep your pet bird inside, not only to prevent stress, but for safety reasons. If a pet bird is startled by the sound of a firework going off, it might fly away before you realize it.

Be kind to your bird during a fireworks display. Keep in mind, a stressed pet bird can become irritable and short-tempered, so be understanding. With these tips in mind, you and your pet bird will both have a great Fourth of July!

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