This July 4th seemed louder than normal with the fireworks. I was hoping they wouldn't start until dark because by then Ruby has gone into her "cave" (pillows we set up on the couch that she loves to burrow in when it gets dark) because by then she's oblivious to most anything. But such was not the case.
She did quite well except for the really BIG ones - we used to call them M-80's when I was a kid. She really got freaked and did a few laps around the house every time one went off. Luckily there weren't too many but they were loud - even the house shook.
Anyone have any advice for next year? I really don't think putting in her cage would be good because then she'll flap around like crazy and maybe injure herself.
It is difficult if they are that loud. Fireworks and other sudden loud noises are stressful to birds. You could try playing music or having the TV on - but not with noises to compete or try to drown out the fireworks but with more calming sounds to try and counteract the unpleasant ones.
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Not much you can do except be there for them. Sheeba doesn't freak out too much, her eyes get big and she wants to be scratched on her head and held. Fortunately the fireworks ended early this year. Not too many bottle rockets or M-80's.
I live in a 200 home developement but there is large farm behind me that not only does fireworks for about a week straight, but they also have a private gun range and bring out the really loud ones for practice. Sid and pete are not bothered by them, since they were young with every loud sound ( including car's tailpipes) I would say loudly ' BOOM' and laugh and laugh. Have had to it much less over the last couple of years since they are not bothered by the noise anymore. Still need to do it early storm season though with the earth shaking thunder just to remind them, but they do very well. Hope this helps, good luck.