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Search & Destroy

Some birds prefer home furnishings to toys

Compiled by Crystal Apilado with an introduction by Laura Doering

Right now, a wicker chair sits helpless as its twigs are snipped off one by one, a computer is rendered useless by way of stolen keys and a door jam is looking vulnerable and naked, with its rubber tip now a crumbled heap nearby. Yes, homes across America (and beyond) are under assault, falling victim to strong beaks and curious feathered minds, which begs the question, ”Do you know where your bird is right now?”

There is good reason behind the phrase “bird-proof your home.” It protects the health and well-being of your bird, and it saves you a costly remodel. That said, “bird-surprises” can still pop up in a bird-proofed room. In less than the time than it takes you to read this sentence, your bird, sitting contently on your lap, could very well have reached beside you and chewed off the on/off button of your phone. That’s exactly what my Amazon did years ago, which essentially made it impossible to make calls or end calls.


**For the full article, pick up the June 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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Yes, as the mother to an Umbrella Cockatoo, Cuddles- for over 20 years, now, I can say that any of "Mommy's" toys are far more interesting than anything I buy for her. If I buy a new toy, it is usually better that I put it in one of "my" places, such as the kitchen counter, and she will "steal it from me". As I work from home on the PC, that is something she will always gravitate to- recently managing to get to the cord of my power source. Now I have sheets of aluminum flashing over the one place where those cords have to cross a corner. Silly me, I thought that the shredder blocking them was enough prior to this.
Virginia, Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 5/28/2008 6:51:30 AM
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