Fertile Eggs | Birds
Temperature For Incubation
As a general rule, most parrot eggs are best incubated between 37.2°C and 37.5°C and at a humidity of approximately 56%.
AC, Fans, And Bird Safety
Ceiling fans are a great way to cool down a room, but pet bird owners need to be especially careful when they are in use. Pet birds have been seriously injured and/or killed after colliding with the blades of a ceiling fan.
Diligence is especially due if your bird is free-flighted or able to gain enough lift off to reach ceiling fan level. (Cockatiels are especially adept fliers and can often fly within a couple weeks of having a wing feather trim.) Play it safe, and keep your bird in his or her cage or in another room while a ceiling fan is in use.
Birds And Windows
Years ago, my Cockatiel’s cage was situated on a counter top. He loved spending time outside the cage, foraging for his treats and toys strewn along the counter top. What I failed to notice was that he was also making headway on a hole he started in the window screen located behind his cage. It grew large enough for him to stick out his head and part of his body.
It can also lead to the unexpected. I once heard from a bird owner whose sliding door was left open while she and her guests had a nighttime barbecue. When she went inside with some dishes, she encountered a raccoon pawing at her terrified cockatoo through the bars of his cage! Another reason to keep doors shut is to keep mosquitoes out, which can carry West Nile virus.
First and foremost, make sure your bird can’t fly away. If your bird is flighted, roll out his cage so he can enjoy the sunshine from there, or place your bird in a travel carrier. Accustoming your bird to wearing a harness (buy your Aviator harness here) is a safe way to allow your pet to spend time with you outdoors without the risk of an accidental flyaway. If your bird has a wing feather trim, again, be absolutely sure that it cannot gain lift off in the event that something startles him. .
If your bird is spending an extended time with you outdoors or it is especially hot, make sure your bird has access to shade and water. Cover part of the cage or carrier (which you can buy here) with a blanket or towel to create shade, or move the cage under an awning. A sunny day is the perfect time to give your bird a spray bath, too! Most Parrots love a post-bath preening session in the sunshine. .
Do not let your bird poolside. Parrots can drown, so don’t assume that your bird will be fine perched on a play gym close to the pool or spa. Make sure your bird is thoroughly supervised during a pool party.