As creatures of the sky, it is no surprise that a bird’s health is deeply affected by the air around them. Exposure to airborne particle and chemical pollutants can cause damage to a bird’s delicate lungs and respiratory system; from difficulty breathing to more serious conditions. Although the lungs of a bird are 50% smaller than you would find in a mammal of the same size, their respiratory system is incredibly efficient, and can remove oxygen from the air at a much greater rate than we can. Birds need this increase in oxygen because they expend a great amount of energy during flight, and because the higher up they fly, the lower the percentage of oxygen available in the atmosphere around them. At heights that would require a human to use an oxygen mask, a bird can fly and breathe with ease. It is this same efficiency, however, that makes birds extra susceptible to contaminants in the air.
What Should You be Aware of?
While many bird owners are aware of the dangers of some chemical and particle airborne pollutants, such as the fumes from non-stick coating on pots and pans, others may not recognize how many common airborne pollutants found in indoor air can pose a risk for a bird’s health:
- Cleaning supplies, including bleach, oven cleaners, and all-purpose cleansers.
- Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, and wood-burning stoves
- Burning scented candles and essential oils
- Mold spores
- Pet dander – even a birds’ own dander or powder! Not only can high concentrations of powder be harmful for the birds’ health, but it can be harmful for your health as well. Exposure to high quantities of dander can cause problems, from simple allergic reactions, to more serious conditions like bird breeder’s lung.
Care for Your Bird by Caring About Their Air:
The best defense is a good offense – you can help your bird to breathe better by being proactive about keeping their air clean and fresh. You can reduce a great deal of the airborne toxins at home just by being mindful of the products that you use and the way that you use them.
- Switch from harsh chemical cleaners to more natural products
- Use heavy ventilation when using cleaners, paints, or other fume producing products.
- Keep a vacuum near your aviary and use it daily. Remove debris from the floor, furniture, and walls before it has a chance to build up.
- Take charge of the humidity levels at home by using a humidity meter, and keep humidity between 20-50% to reduce the chance of mold growing inside
- Add an air purifier with a true HEPA filter to remove airborne pollutants, allergens, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Rabbit Air takes filtration to the next level. Our BioGS HEPA filters
are made with an advanced fiber material that prevents mold growth and secondary contamination commonly found on standard HEPA filters. This means our BioGS HEPA filters can work more efficiently for longer periods of time, making them perfect for anyone with significant amounts of dust, dander, or particle pollution in their home. For cleaning supply fumes, VOCs, and other harmful gases that can enter your indoor air, Rabbit Air equips every air purifier with our Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon. Made of high-grade granular activated carbon, our Charcoal-Based Activated Carbon filters can efficiently remove chemicals and common household odors, making your air safer for your birds’ delicate lungs.
Experience an Air Purifier with You in Mind
Owning a bird is a unique experience, and every aviary has different needs, which is why Rabbit Air offers both a simple, yet highly efficient model in the BioGS 2.0
and the more powerful and customizable MinusA2
Ultra Quiet HEPA Air Purifier. Comes standard with our industry leading customer service and 5 year warranty.
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