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Family Dinners and Your Bird

What do you do with your bird when you are having a big family dinner at your home?

In some homes, it is common throughout the year to have people coming and going on a regular basis, especially if you have children who bring their friends home or you entertain often. In other homes, your bird is used to just having one or two people on a regular basis and may be frightened by a dozen other people arriving for dinner.

If your bird is used to lots of people, it will be easy to leave him and his cage or stand where you usually do and just let him interact with everyone (as long as none of the people are afraid of birds).

If your bird is not used to lots of people around, you may want to think about moving him and his cage to a quiet room where he will not be disturbed by all the commotion.

If any of the people arriving are afraid of birds, even if your bird is well socialized, it might be a good idea to move him and his cage to another room.

If you usually allow your bird to help himself to some food from your plate, you may have to keep him in his cage while the meal is on because there is a good chance that some of the people arriving for dinner would not appreciate having a bird step on their plate to get a bite of turkey, a kernal of corn or a nibble of pumpkin pie.

It is fine to share some of your food with your bird, but it might be best to put a dish with a small sample of items into the cage so he has his own dish that contains a nice feast.


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