Ask Seth: Parrot Placement
I adopted a 4-month old parrot from a rescue. I was going to keep it in my kitchen, but was told to choose another room. Why?
I just adopted a 4-month old parrot from a local rescue. I have planned to put the parrot in the kitchen where we spend most of our time. The rescue lady recommended I find an area other than the kitchen. Why is the kitchen bad? Is she correct? Also what type of perch is best?
Joan, Boca Raton, FL
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The rescue agent is correct by suggesting the parrot be placed in an area other than the kitchen. Birds are extremely sensitive to fumes and temperature changes that occur in a kitchen, and these conditions can cause illness in all birds. Gases that release from an overheated, non-stick pan, along with most cleaning products, can also be toxic to birds. Cage placement should be away from drafty windows or doors, and should always be out of direct sunlight.
I feel the best wood for perches are hard woods like manzanita, ribbon wood and seasoned eucalyptus. Eucalyptus wood is a natural perch in the habitats of many birds, including parrots, and has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Seth Mayersohn, CVT