As I have mentioned in other posts, I am not a huge advocate of leaving your bird(s) in cages 24/7. At some point–and as far as my opinion goes–as OFTEN as possible—- you should be letting your bird out of the cage.
Your first consideration should be bird-proofing the room in which to let your bird fly free. I am going to assume in this post that your LB is flighted. What I mean by this is that your bird’s wings are NOT clipped and he/she is able to fly around a room with ease.
Before letting little precious out, there are some extremely important things you need to do in order for the room to be safe. Most birds will quickly become accustomed to navigating the room but the first time around (and especially if you have a new bird) they can become panic stricken.
NEVER should you have any type of fan on while your bird is flying free and in particular ceiling fans. They are deadly!
Be sure to cover all mirrors and windows with a sheet or towel until the bird becomes comfortable and acquainted with the room. They can easily fly straight into a mirror or window knocking themselves out, getting a serious
concussion and in many cases will die immediately. This happened to a friend of mine who was nursing a wild bird. The bird panicked, flew straight into the sliding glass door and was instantly killed.
Be certain there is nothing toxic in the room that the bird could get into. I have made a list of toxins in my TOXIC! post so be sure to check that out. Many live plants can be toxic to LBs as well so if you have any doubt, just remove them from the room, and by all means I would expect you to close the door to this said room.
If you happen to be in a bathroom be sure to close the lid on the toilet seat, birds can drown in any water that is deeper than 7in (beware of a filled bathtub or sink for that matter) and once again cover any mirrors.
I do NOT recommend that you ever keep a bird near the kitchen including when they are caged. Non-stick cookware fumes are deadly to a bird not to mention hot burners and just stuff in general hanging around. Keep your birdcage and birds AWAY FROM THE KITCHEN. Period. End of Story.
I cannot stress this enough…
Burning candles and a lit fireplace is a huge “no no” as well. A panicking bird can do all kinds of crazy things including flying into or near an open flame.
When you first introduce your bird to free flying around a room it should always be supervised. Never leave a flighted bird alone in a room until they are comfortable with the navigation and even then, use your best judgement and always be cautious.
Another danger to birds are electric cords. LBs love to chew, as any parrot does, and if they start chewing on a lamp cord or any electric cord, well I don’t really have to explain this one do I? Unplug your cords or just keep a watchful eye on what your bird is doing.
More often than not, the bird will instinctively look for a high perch area in the room, i.e. curtain rods, the top of a mirror, top of a bookshelf; that sort of thing, but there are always exceptions. For instance you could have a cord on a high bookshelf which would be tempting for the bird to start chewing on.
If it’s evening and you must have the lights on, just be sure the cords are low to the ground and away from the bird.
Lead paint and toxic metals are dangers to be aware of also. Just don’t let them start chewing on anything you would deem as questionable.
Some woods are toxic also so be sure to do your research on the types of wood that are safe for birds. Clearly, no matter what type of wood you have concerning furniture or baseboards you wouldn’t let them chew on it anyway.
Once your bird gets comfortable in the room, 9 out of 10 times they will head to their favorite perch which is almost always a LB approved play stand and will usually stay on or close to that. Especially if there are toys and food on the stand because like us, they are creatures of habit and comfort thus getting used to their favorite spot and “hanging out” there.
Be sure to understand and learn all toxins and anything questionable in the room that the bird could get into. Supervise your bird especially the first time around when they can be panicky and by all means use common sense.