ORGANIC BEDDING is a DANGER...
Posted 09 July 2006 - 04:44 PM
Guess I should go throw it out in my garden.
Posted 04 August 2006 - 09:39 AM
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Posted 06 August 2006 - 07:52 PM
I still think Newspaper is the best option I roll put a lot down and just roll a sheet up each morning , you can also SEE the poop and sometimes this is the first sign of something wrong with the bird....
Posted 07 August 2006 - 11:01 AM
On a related note (and the reason I no longer trust pet stores) - when I was growing up I had hamsters, and always kept them on wood shavings. Then as an adult, I got another hamster. She died, choking, in my hand. After she'd passed, I pried her little mouth open and pulled what looked like a wad of shavings out of her mouth. It was only a piece or two, but it's not like hamsters are large. So, I got another hamster. This little guy, too, died of the SAME thing. So I got another hamster AND called a small animal vet (took several vets to find one that knew jack about hamsters). Here's a synopsis of what he said:
1) He told me how to administer a hamster heimlich.
2) He said that while choking on shavings isn't a frequent thing, it happened "more often than you would think".
3) He advised AGAINST putting hamsters on wood shavings and recommended the recycled paper pulp (it's gray looking - about the color of a plain jane drink carrier from a fast food place)
4) Confused, I said "But the pet stores have them on shavings!" His reply? It's because the shavings companies GIVE them FREE shavings as a way to promote their product.
Sooo... I'd stay away from wood shavings.
Thanks again, Majj! Great article!
Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:39 AM
I use paper too but...
Skeeter loves corn. I have given him pieces of corn on the cob before - is that safe to do?
How about this one??.........
I took a cob - dried it - cut it into 1/2 in pieces and threaded those thru a home made wood ring for him to chew on - safe???
Posted 15 December 2006 - 08:42 AM
Just don`t use it as acovering for the bottom of your cage....
Posted 15 December 2006 - 09:43 AM
I use paper towels and hopefully
that is ok! Cheeks dosent really
bother with it a whole lot
Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:14 AM
I agree with it 100% too.
Besides alot of those bedding materials seem to be dusty too when you pour them and I am sure the birds must breathe it in yet I see it in alot of petshops for sale as well as in the actual birds cages which are much different than ours..the birds actually walk on the bedding and I see them pecking at it etc...
Posted 07 January 2007 - 04:23 PM
Posted 13 January 2007 - 01:35 PM
the only problem is that they have ready access to thier droppings, but many birds don't really care about it that much, and if you keep up on the cleanings, its fine. Just bring two washcloths with you when your changing water and food: one damp with soapy water, and one damp with just water: voila!
Posted 16 February 2007 - 08:58 AM
Posted 16 February 2007 - 10:02 AM
I notice that it says shavings shouldn't be used, and we don't use them, we just use newspaper too, but isn't giving them wood to chew on the same thing?
Should parrots not be given wood to chew on? Because it seems like everyone has it in their cages, they sell it at the stores etc.
I thought they just picked it apart and played with it in their mouth and then spit it out...
Is this something to be concerned about???
Posted 16 February 2007 - 11:52 AM
My understanding about the bedding is that it creates a pefect place for bacteria and mold to grow.Once the bedding gets moist..it takes a very short time for the mold to grow.Aspargillo (sp?) is a mold that is a big danger to our fids.Better safe then sorry.use newspaper