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Jottlebot 09-18-2012 02:31 PM

Plants/Trees for indoor cage
Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a large tree or plant that we could put in our Charlie's cage? She's an orange-winged Amazon and she's on her own in a 6ft x 5.5ft x 2.5ft cage inside.

We wanted something that she could either sit in and look gorgeous or more likely eat and rip apart to her hearts content, but that won't be dangerous for her.

Anyone know of anything? What do other people have?

Thank you!

Eloy 09-18-2012 02:50 PM

Re: Plants/Trees for indoor cage
I prefer herbs. Basilica can be pretty big.
Thyme, parsley, oregano, lemon balm and lemon thyme is also very good for them.

SpringCottageParrot 09-26-2012 03:34 PM

Re: Plants/Trees for indoor cage
If you can get hold of apple tree branches they do enjoy stripping the bark off.
Our garden seems to have mainly poisonous trees: Yew, sycamore and magnolia.
The sycamore is OK if you strip/sand off all the bark first, a long and tedious job.
I have tried putting Weigela branches in Casper's cage but he wasn't impressed. He highly recommends apple though.

JerseyWendy 09-26-2012 05:17 PM

Re: Plants/Trees for indoor cage
How about a Gardenia? They look pretty, smell heavenly if the flower, and get to be a good size, too. :) Grape Ivy and spider plants are other options.

henpecked 09-26-2012 06:18 PM

Re: Plants/Trees for indoor cage
I cut safe trees and give them the branches. For something green to eat ,i grow small dishes with grass (rye works good). If your wanting to put a plant in a pot inthe cage don't buy something from the store or nursery (too many chemicals) grow something like hibiscus and rotate them in and out of the cage. hard to find a good plant that grows fast indoors. I would rotate safe plants that i grew , maybe put rocks on top of the dirt to keep them out of that.

Helitorian 09-26-2012 09:04 PM

Re: Plants/Trees for indoor cage
For my indoor forest, I use cottonwood and mulberry as well as a type of willow (which name currently escapes me) I have a large list of non toxic plants and trees but sadly the book it is in is on loan otherwise I'd give you the list.

SpringCottageParrot 09-27-2012 05:15 AM

Re: Plants/Trees for indoor cage
One thing to watch Jottlebot is that the lists of safe plants found on the internetwebthingy have names which differ from country to country. So when you look up sycamore it tells you it is safe but when your parrot gets sore feet and you start researching you find that the English sycamore is actually a maple tree which is only safe with the bark removed.
Unfortunately the list makers did not see fit to include the latin names which could have prevented the confusion.

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