Mother nature, disasters, and environmental issues arise and affect the air quality. When that happens, our parrots are gravely affected. Parrots have one of the most intricate respiratory systems on the planet. They breath so efficiently that air pollution and smoke can cause them a lot of distress.
Us parrot lovers know of the hazards of teflon, aerosols and scents on our parrots respiratory system. These kind of hazards tend to be easily managed. "Just don't do it!"
But environmental hazards often come unannounced and require immediate action in order to save our pets. I can think of four times when I've literally had to act quickly or evacuate my own flock. All involved fire.
The first time was when an apartment building caught fire within several feet from my location. We ran HEPA air filters in the bird room and used moist towels over cages and to block air from coming in doorways and windows to keep the air clean and our flock safe.
Next, when in our Colorado Springs location, we endured two summers of horrific fires. The above photo is literally the smoke cloud as I drove out of town, birds in tow. You can see the orange flames reflecting on the bottom of the smoke cloud.
And then, my neighbors house burned up, two doors down, infiltrating my home with so much smoke that I walked through every room to find out where it was coming from. Maybe not the smartest and safest approach, but I had parrots to protect!
First, have an evacuation plan. You should anticipate that air quality issues beyond your control will arise. Think 9-11, Katrina, tornado's, fires and smog alerts. Train wrecks and chemical spills happen. You will be wise to plan ahead and create a parrot evacuation kit.
That barred, if you need to hunker down and stay, shut the house up so that no outside air comes in and turn the air conditioner on. Crank up the air cleaners and stay put.
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