Falling Feathers: Why Air Quality Matters for Avian Owners

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Did you know that respiratory systems are much more efficient than humans?

Air quality has a massive impact on both your and your bird's health, and having poor air quality in your home could actually lead to your bird getting sick or worse you getting sick from your bird.

So, here's a post for all of our avian amigos, bird buddies, and fowl friends out there, here's why it's hyper-important that your bird has good indoor air quality.

Poor Air for the Birds

Airs don't have a diaphragm like humans do; instead, they have air sacs that push air in and out of their lungs. Despite their tiny lungs, birds respiratory system is far more efficient than human lungs, which means that birds transfer more oxygen with each breath.

That may sound great, but due to this super-efficient respiratory system, birds also transfer toxins more efficiently than humans.

This is why things like Teflon poisoning frequently happen in birds, small concentrations of Teflon that may not affect other mammals poisons birds at small doses.

Birds small lungs, efficient air and toxin intake, and fragile nature, make the issue of indoor air quality one a pressing issue to bird owners.

If your birds don't have clean, fresh air to breath in it may negatively impact their overall health and can even lead to death (as is the case with Teflon poisoning.)

Poor Air for Bird Owners

Not only does poor indoor air quality affect the health of pet birds, it affects their owner's overall health as well. Birds carry all kinds of infectious diseases that can be extremely harmful to humans. Usually, these diseases come from bird droppings.

  • Salmonellosis: Salmonellosis comes from the droppings of birds. Dust from bird droppings can be sucked into the vents and, without a high-quality air filter, that feces dust can contaminate food and surfaces within the home.
  • E Coli: Birds can also carry the E Coli bacteria in their droppings. Again, the feces dust can be sucked into the vents and, if it's not filtered out, contaminate your food and surfaces.
  • Candidiasis and Cryptococcosis: Candidiasis and Cryptococcosis are both fungal infections that can be spread by house birds. Fungus loves to get sucked into your vent and pollinate through your air ducts.

There are plenty more diseases that bird feathers and fecal matter can carry. Without proper air filtration in your home, you expose yourself to disease risks.

What to Do

If you're a bird owner and you are scared about the potential for you or your pet to be injured or contaminated due to poor indoor air quality, here are some tips that will help with your overall indoor air quality.

#1) Let Fresh Air In

Make sure that you open your windows and let your bird catch some fresh air every once in a while. This can seriously help with any respiratory issues that can arrive from your bird living indoors.

#2) Don't Smoke Indoors

Really, it's best not to smoke at all, but we aren't the police of your health. However, smoking indoors can really damage your overall indoor air quality as well as your bird's health.

#3) Change Your Filters!

This is a biggie! Make sure that you not only have high-quality filters (MERV 8 rating) but that you change your filters regularly. We offer pollutant collecting, dust destroying, feces eradicating MERV 8 rating filters on a subscription basis.

That way you won't have to worry about your feathered friend clogging your filters. For bird owners, we recommend changing your filters every month to every other month -both for you and your bird's safety.

#4) Avoid Teflon and Methane

If you have a bird, avoid cooking with Teflon (nonstick) cookware. You're going to want to grab some olive oil because heated up Teflon is deadly to birds.

Also, if you heat with methane, you want to avoid getting methane anywhere remotely near your birds. Methane is highly toxic and can cause respiratory failure and death in birds.

Indoor air quality is essential for bird owners. Make sure that you are avoiding Teflon and methane, trying to smoke outside, and changing your filters regularly. Taking preventative measures could prevent you or your feathered friend from running into some serious health issues.