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Holiday Safety Quiz Answers

Check your answers to the bird holiday safety.

By The Editors

1) The Christmas tree is for:
The correct answer is B. The Christmas tree should be admired by your bird from a far because can pose a hazard to a curious bird: ornaments can contain lead and/or small/sharp parts that can be harmful if swallowed and tinsel can cause crop impactation if ingested. Prevent your free-flighted bird from landing on the Christmas tree because it might cause it to fall over, and take into consideration where you place the tree … if your bird appears afraid of the tree, don’t place it near your bird’s cage.

2) Which of these traditional holiday items can your bird take part in?:
The correct answer is D. Have fun watching your bird tear open a cardboard box or brown paper bag to find a gift inside, which offers a fun foraging activity! Eggnog is not only too fattening for a bird  but it also contains milk and birds are lactose intolerant. Candles and other fresheners can omit fumes that can irritate your bird’s respiratory system (unless you order candles that are certified as bird-safe). Mistletoe and mistletoe berries can be toxic to birds.

3) Which of these winter traditions should your bird skip?:
The correct answer is A. Since most companion parrot species are native to mild climates it is safe, to surmise that they do not take well to cold extremes, so let your bird observe your snow play from a cozy perch inside your home. Some people, especially, macaw owners, don’t need to buy a nut cracker because their birds can crack a nut in one bite. Let your bird partake in your Christmas Caroling, even it whistles along instead, and add “bird-flair” to your snowflake cutouts by allowing your paper-loving bird to make its mark.

4) Which traditional holiday food item can your bird try?:
The correct answer is D. Fruitcake has the moniker as the “gift that keeps on giving” (because people hand it off to someone else) but your bird might appreciate its taste and texture even if you don’t. Chocolate and alcohol should never be offered to a bird because they can be toxic. 

5) If you have overnight houseguests who are unfamiliar with pet birds, what should you do:
The correct answer is C. Make sure every guest in your home knows what’s allowable and what’s not allowed in regard to your bird. Let them know that some foods and objects can be harmful to birds and that they must ask for permission before offering your bird food, picking up your bird or taking it out of the cage (some birds are phobic of visitors and some can sense the timidness of a non-bird person trying to handle them). Keeping your bird locked in its covered cage for an extended period of time is unfair to the bird, especially it is used to your daily interaction. Instead of “exiling” your bird until guests leave, use this as an opportunity to teach the nonbird people in your life about the wonderful companionship pet birds have to offer.

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Great and informative.
Jo, Hillsboro, OH
Posted: 12/18/2011 8:37:24 AM
I did not know that my birds could try fruit cake. Thanks for this quiz.
Melissa, St. Louis, MO
Posted: 12/26/2009 5:15:11 AM
Yes, I agree with the comment about more challenging questions. I can't really imagine anyone who would log into Bird Channel getting any of these wrong! Also, you might want to change the spelling to "snow angels."
Taddy, Rock Island, IL
Posted: 12/15/2009 3:47:17 PM
pretty good information on the dos and dont's of the holidays but you could add more challenging questions
Brooks, Montreal, QC
Posted: 12/15/2009 2:52:20 PM
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