Simple Tips for Parrot Safety During Fireworks

parrot safety during fireworks

parrot safety during fireworksOur simple tips for parrot safety during fireworks.

Fireworks can present a challenge for pet owners, with them desperately trying to calm and sooth their beloved birds by offering them favourite toys or treats as fireworks thunder in the sky.

That’s why we’ve put together some top tips on keeping your parrot safe and relaxed this November. 

  • Put them in a comfortable place

It’s wise to keep your parrots in a safe, cosy place on Bonfire Night, so they can find comfort there when the fireworks begin.

Make sure you close the curtains to block out flashing lights, unless you find your inquisitive bird prefers to know where the lights are coming from, then it may be worth opening them slightly.

  • Distract them with toys

There may be a lot of noise, bangs and flashes going on outside, but you can distract them from this by giving them some of their favourite toys. You might even want to buy something new to play with to really keep them entertained during the evening.

  • Drown out the noise

Fireworks displays can be very noisy, particularly if you live near to large public events. So it’s wise to drown out the uproar with your own noises.

Turn up the volume on the TV or play some music, especially tunes you know your pet loves and finds soothing.

Fireworks events can be a bit unsettling to your parrot, but if you follow these few tips you should be able to ride through this time of the year without any problems. If you do find your bird to be really distressed by the displays, get in touch with the RSPA for more advice.

Community Flocks Together To Search For Missing Parrot

A man’s plea to find his missing parrot has been picked up by hundreds of High Wycombe residents, who have joined forces to help him track down the wayward bird.

Peter Cusick may have to invest in a more secure parrot cage in the future, following his pet’s disappearance nearly three weeks ago. According to the Bucks Free Press, the worried owner has paid for adverts and kept people updated on social media regarding the search, so far to no avail.

There is a time limit on Mr Cusick’s search for parrot Charlie, as the pair are scheduled to travel to Portugal on November 1st for a five-month trip.

“Charlie needs to be at the vets by the latest Wednesday, October 28th, so all help is required to catch him,” he explained.

The local community have pledged to help Mr Cusick in his search, which has resulted in sightings of the parrot near Highcrest Academy in Hatters Lane and Colne Road.

While the missing parrot is yet to be found, the social media activity surrounding the search and help from the RSPCA has resulted in a lost cockatoo being returned to its owner. However, friends and family are still on the lookout for Charlie.

Mr Cusick said his parrot is “friendly” and microchipped, adding that a £100 reward is available for anyone who returns Charlie safely. Those with information were encouraged to call the worried owner on 01494 4388.

Charlie is not the only parrot to make a break for it this month. Kent Online recently reported that African grey Lucy was retuned home after a two-day escape. Mr Cusick will no doubt be hoping for a similarly happy outcome for his missing bird.

Volunteers build homes to save the Turquoise Parrot

Turquoise Parrot

Your garden is an ideal place to relax and if you lucky to enjoy a nice sunny weather. Apart from you and your friends there are birds and wildlife that loves to spend time there too. If you want to make their visit even more pleasant then browse the vast range of products for wild bird that we offer at Parrot Essentials.

In England, we are very lucky to have so many of the Alexandrine parrots in the wild. We can admire and look after them. Many of us build nest boxes or grow fruit plants from which the parakeets can eat. However, we are not the only ones who can enjoy the presence of parrots in their gardens and park. There are many bird species native to Australia. There you can see endangered birds, but some are not just there to see those species there are people and organisations that are trying to prevent further decline in such species.

Turquoise Parrot

Turquoise Parrot

Turquoise parrot is an Australian bird that is well-known around the Sydney district. This is a very beautiful little bird with brightly coloured feathers. These parrots have a blue face, gold and yellow belly, and the male species have a red wing bar on the back.

This attractive parrot is not listed as endangered, but there are suspicious that this will eventually happen if no precautious take place soon.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has started projects which aim to prevent their extinction. The latest project GBCMA works on is called “Bed and Breakfast for Birds”. It includes providing the “beds” which are the nest boxes, and the “breakfast” which is the fruit plants.

There is a strong community engagement in the projects for protecting these little attractive birds. Farmers have been erecting nest boxes, which attracts birds and encourages their survival, says ABC.

Turquoise ParrotGraham Colson is one of those active farmers who have been building boxes and he shares that only on his farm he has around 50 boxes. He is also growing fruit plants especially for the Turquoise parrot.

The projects are very beneficial for breeding these parrots and increasing their number in the wild. For 2 years they have been using the nest boxes and laying eggs in them, says Mr Colson.

Janice Mentiplay-Smith from GBCMA said that there were workshops showing how to create a nest box for this type of birds. She also shares that over 90 people have joined the workshop. The positive results from the workshop is proved by the fact that there are birds using and nesting in these boxes.

Resources: ABC, BirdLife, IBC

Escaped West Ham-Supporting Parrot Returns Home


A parrot famous for singing West Ham’s club anthem ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ has been returned to its owners following a two-day escape. Sources say the football-mad bird was eventually captured by enticing her with healthy parrot food.

Lucy, a 13-year-old African Grey with a red tail, pulled a disappearing act after flying out of her Cress Way home in Faversham as her owner, Margaret Chalmers, went to work.

Kent Online reported that this was the first time Lucy had ever tried to escape. The parrot, who can sing, recite phone numbers and even answer basic questions, was first spotted on Lower Road shortly after making a break for it.

Lucy then flew to the Mount recreational ground on London Road before finally being reunited with her owners after she ditched the skies to feast on an apple in Market Place yesterday (Thursday 22nd).

Ms Chalmers said: “My husband Al is really happy to have her back at home, and she is already chanting ‘up the Hammers, up the Hammers’.”

The Hammers is West Ham FC’s nickname, and the club’s mascot is Hammerhead, a semi-robotic character that is said to represent the region’s iron-making history and strong will.

According to Ms Chalmers, she and her husband were extremely worried while Lucy was missing. She explained that the bird usually sings “Where’s Margaret?” when at home, but this time the tables had turned.

“We were really missing her. We were asking ‘where’s Lucy’?”

The couple also thanked everyone for their help in retrieving the wayward parrot.

Parrots Helping Military Veterans Heal


Parrot VeteranVeterans over in the US are being lent a helping hand in their recovery after leaving active service thanks to the Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary, found on the campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs in West LA.

The sanctuary is home to a wide range of orphaned exotic birds that need lots of looking after – and that’s where the veterans, armed with handfuls of African grey food instead of assault rifles, come in.

On site, the veterans come to care for the birds in huge outdoor aviaries known as habitats. And now, according to the Huffington Post, those behind the facility are now making attempts to roll the idea out nationwide, having already secured the funding through sponsors and public donations to construct eight new habitats across LA.

Navy veteran James Minick had this to say about the sanctuary and what it’s like when veterans first see the birds: “There’s a connection. It’s like a smile from the inside and it looks like some of these guys haven’t smiled in years.”

Interestingly, this isn’t the only such company working towards these goals. There’s also Parrots for Patriots, which works to connect birds with veterans in order to help the parrots find a forever home while also helping those former military personnel find a friend for life.

If you’d like to show your support, you can make a donation to these good causes. Some parrots need retraining or the veterans can’t afford vet bills, cages or pet food, so there is much you can do to help.