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Old 05-09-2017, 05:48 PM
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Jester and Bard live in my office a room that I have taken great efforts to make as bird safe as possible. I have two cats who have never seen the inside of the room. I have a sign reminding guests to knock before entry and the birds are always secured before I leave the room.
I also have a god daughter who watches every vet show on animal planet (There are so many) and apparently has discovered Disco the parakeet on youtube. This weekend she broke several house rules by going into my office without an adult to start teaching Bard to talk. When he started chattering back being the social little chatterbox he is she decided to reward him with a millet sprig. The result was him upset by the sudden invasion of her hand into his space flipping out and knocking down a toy which she then opened another door to retrieve. Probably delighted by this new game and being a determined escape artist Jester took the opportunity to leave the cage. She tried to coax Jester onto her hand and was bitten which freaked her out and caused her to go find an adult but implied that she was bitten though the bars. Thankfully her dad let me know that something had happened and I checked on the birds. The office door had not been fully closed. Jester was sitting on my desk where I couldn't immediately see her, the cage was open and thankfully the cats were sleeping ignorantly in the other room. I nearly had a heart attack and let's just say I that if the birds ever do talk its better they not repeat some things. I thought I had taken all the precautions I needed to and luck was on my side this weekend but it's frightening how quickly things can go seriously wrong.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:34 PM
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It is so easy to slip up, but knowing the mistakes she made & the possible consequences, I'm sure your god-daughter will be much less careless from now on.

It's near misses like this that wake us up. I came downstairs in the morning, about a month ago, to see my two budgies on the top of the cage. Seems I'd not closed one of the little cage doors properly the night before; thankfully, the room door was shut & the room is relatively bird safe, but it certainly made me more vigilant. I've also had our (late) dog take herself off for a walk, after being let out into the enclosed back garden and me not realising that the window cleaners had been and had left the side gate open.
It's so easy it's scary. Glad that Jester & Bard survived to live another day!
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I'm very glad that Jester and Bard are fine and the cats were unaware of the drama taking place in the next room!

Perhaps it might be a good idea to install a slide bolt on the outside of the door (up high where little god-daughter fingers cannot reach) to prevent any "accidents" in the future?

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Old 05-09-2017, 08:39 PM
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Phew! Glad everyone was okay in the end! My old breeding cage has doors I have to vigilantly watch to make sure they're closed completely. More than once they didn't and I came back to find both my cockatiels sitting on top of the cage, gleeful with their new freedom. My dog is a hunter/mouser so anything small is game to her. Thankfully she was in the other room and asleep when I discovered the birds outside their cage! Otherwise they'd have been a light snack!
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Phew! Glad everyone was okay in the end! My old breeding cage has doors I have to vigilantly watch to make sure they're closed completely. More than once they didn't and I came back to find both my cockatiels sitting on top of the cage, gleeful with their new freedom. My dog is a hunter/mouser so anything small is game to her. Thankfully she was in the other room and asleep when I discovered the birds outside their cage! Otherwise they'd have been a light snack!
Hopefully this thread will be a reminder to all members of the importance of careful monitoring to include locks on doors, clips on cage doors that can be easily opened, etc.

Whenever there are other animals in a household, it is especially important to ensure all necessary safeguards are in place.

Cats (and Dogs) are Predators // Birds are Prey
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Thank goodness they are safe!! I second the slide bolt idea and maybe a ban from the birds for a while for god daughter
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Glad every one is safe

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