Pet Birds Kept Outside

28 Oct

We have calls that keep coming in of birds severely injured or killed by predators (raccoons, opossums, foxes, rats) that are kept outside all night often in cages on porches.

Birds kept outside all night are also at risk for certain kinds of deadly infections that can come in the insects. These insects are often more active at night and in the evening (examples: West Nile Virus, Equine Encephalitis which our birds can catch too, Sarcocystis).

The best thing for our birds is to come in to a protected area like our houses each evening after enjoying our beautiful days.

If you cannot bring your bird in the house then consider constructing a sturdy rat/predator/insect proof cage for your bird to stay in outside. Do not depend on the protection of a regular bird cage. Predators are looking for an easy meal all the time and are very creative.

2 Responses to “Pet Birds Kept Outside”

  1. Samy February 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Opossum are exceptionally non-aggressive. Its unusual for them to “attack” prey, as they would much rather eat carrion(decaying dead animals).

    Just because you see an opossum around does not mean that they are the ones causing your trouble. It’s also very unusual for them to be the culprits of any damage to property or lawns, let along harming another animal.

    I would recommend taking Opossums off this list as they are already hated enough by humans.

    • vanessa April 24, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Agreed but not impossible – I have had at least one report that I know of, of a person that saw one going after a small caged bird outside. They are opportunistic. Perhaps in this instance the opossum was going after the bird’s leftover food- one will never know.