Furnishing your home aviary correctly can help your bird live a long, healthy, and happy life. Here are 5 tried and true tips for getting it right the first time.
Different Heat Source—Central heat and air often means air is allowed to circulate from the bird room to a central return and this happens for all the rooms fed by the system. So your bird’s room can be exposed to air, odors, and fumes from the kitchen. And bird dust and dander can find its way into the kitchen and bedroom.
And whereas there are generally filters on the return, they often prove inadequate to efficiently filter odors and particles. Having a separate heating and air conditioning system for the bird room is a great idea.
For heat it can be something as simple as an electric baseboard unit, particularly if the area is small. A portable air conditioner is a great solution for providing coolness without exchanging air with the other rooms in the house.
Separate Room—There are pro’s and con’s to this idea, so the decision has to be what works best in your situation. If you have a small home, this may not be practical, possible or even necessary. If your bird is the only bird and needs lots of interaction with humans to stay emotionally healthy, this is probably also not a good idea.
But, if you have a relatively large home and can spare the space to have an enclosed aviary this is probably the easiest way to contain the bird-related pollutants that result. This is particularly helpful if you have a powder down parrot such as an African Grey, Cockatoo, or Cockatiel. And if you have one of these parrots and other birds as well, a separate space can be a winner for birds and humans.
A separate space helps keep bird pollutants away from human particles and odors to which they can be so sensitive. Having a separate space can also make cleaning easier and more effective. So rather than trying to constantly clean the entire house, you have a smaller space to manage.
Safety—An enclosed area that remains shut most of the time can help keep your bird safe. This can prevent your birds from flying away when an unexpected visitor opens the door at precisely the wrong time. It can also prevent children, other pets, and visitors to your home from unknowingly causing harm to the birds. Or even worse, having the birds react inappropriately by biting because they feel threatened.
It can prevent accidents such as drowning in the toilet, being burned by steam or water on a hot stove. Having their own space is more likely to keep them from ingesting harmful foods, running into windows and mirrors, and getting tangled in wires and cords that are common around most homes.
Freedom—A dedicated area is more likely to mean increased freedom. Rather than having to have the cage closed for so much of the time, this space that is bird-proofed can allow them to come and go freely from their cage as they like. What a joy that will be for them.
Filtration Unit—A unit that has a smaller space to clean can be more effective at clearing the air. And if the area is self-contained it is only cleaning the air in that one space which makes its job easier.