As a species, humans really seem to like celebrating with incredibly loud displays of bright colors. I’m talking about fireworks of course! From your bird’s perspective though, all that beautiful display amounts to is something that’s too loud, too bright, and too startling.
Whether it’s the 4th of July, Bonfire Night, or New Year’s Eve, fireworks have become a major part of many of our favorite holidays, and calming birds down during all that noise isn’t always easy. All that noise isn’t very fun for your pets in general, but a bird is particularly sensitive. Below you’ll find a few great ideas to help put your bird more at ease so that your whole family can enjoy the festivities!
The most important thing you can do to keep your bird from being anxious is to stay calm yourself.
The holidays can be a stressful time! It’s easy to get frazzled, especially if you are involved in all of the planning and organization that goes along with having a party in your home. Take extra precautions in the days leading up to the big event to have everything as organized and under control as possible. If your party planning starts off small and escalates slowly over a few days until the chaos of the main event, it will go a long way toward limiting your bird to all of the hustle and bustle.
Above all take steps to keep yourself and your family calm and centered. Not only is it good for your own blood pressure, it will help your bird know that everything is alright and you have things firmly under control!
Shut it Down
Before fireworks start exploding in the sky, take the time to shut your house down. Close the windows and pull all of the curtains. If you don’t have heavy curtains, consider hanging blankets over your windows.
This one simple precaution will go a long way toward making your bird more comfortable during a fireworks show. It muffles some of the loud noise and all of the bright lights.
Having your windows closed also protects your bird from dangerous fumes. Birds have incredibly delicate respiratory systems, which can be irritated by sulfur fumes from fireworks, and even smoke from a backyard grill.
Think about providing your bird with a tent or other hiding place during the fireworks, it can help for them to have somewhere to retreat to when they are feeling overwhelmed. If you regularly cover your bird’s cage at night, then you can put the cover on to provide a further muffling effect. However, don’t cover your bird’s cage unless they are already used to it. Covering the cage for the first time during an event that is already stressful will just heighten your bird’s anxiety.
Create a Safe Zone
If your bird’s cage is in a high traffic area of your house, then it might be a good idea to move them to a different room temporarily. the heavy activity and parade of strangers that go along with holiday activities can cause undue stress even in birds that are usually quite calm.
However, you shouldn’t put your bird somewhere completely out of the way! Many birds are intensely social and will feel stressed if they are completely separated from their family. The ideal safe room for your bird during a fireworks display or holiday party is somewhere where guest aren’t meant to congregate, but is still close enough for family members to come in and visit them every so often.
Another thing to consider is that birds love music! Play some calming music or a playlist of your bird’s favorite songs in the room their cage is in to help drown out a loud party or fireworks display.
Maybe one of the most important tips I have for you is to not take your bird outside if there might be fireworks going off, including the days leading up to and following a fireworks heavy holiday.
Birds startle easily and more than one bird owner has lost a beloved friend when a firework went of and startled their bird into flying away. Stay of the safe side with your pet and keep them inside anytime they may encounter fireworks.
With a few precautions, you and your bird will make it through the fireworks! Remeber to visit your bird often and speak to them calmly to ease their anxiety. Calming birds doen’t have to be difficult, just make sure you’re prepared.
If you have any concerns about the levels of anxiety your bird is experiencing, or your bird has high anxiety levels in general, be sure you contact your local vet to get some professional suggestions to help them out.
Remeber to stay safe and have fun!