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Old 04-15-2012, 05:06 PM
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burning candles and birds

I was just wondering i have heard that burning candles can hurts birds is there any out there that is safe for birds at all
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:21 PM
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Re: burning candles and birds

They say some candles are safe but I don't chance it, we just treat them all as if they are harmful and don't light any. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:22 PM
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Re: burning candles and birds

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Old 04-15-2012, 06:12 PM
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Re: burning candles and birds

Does put a cramp in the rites but better to have a live bird.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: burning candles and birds

if you want to "freshen" up your home you can always simmer orange peels, cinnamon, cloves, essential oils etc.... the bird safe candles are mostly beeswax and are not scented, so if you are going for smell, simmer on the stove- if you're going for ambiance get a beeswax candle
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:56 PM
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Re: burning candles and birds

Easy answer here, none with paraffin or scents or anything beyond 100% beeswax! Paraffin and similar things release toxic fumes, and if it is capable of harming (and even killing!) your bird it is NOT safe for you either. Ditto Teflon, spray/pressurised deodorant, and all those things we all seem to love having in our houses.

(And thats from a non health freak. Bad for your bird? Bad for you. Get rid of it and do yourselves both a favour )

Bird safe candles (fume wise, open flames are a danger and your bird should be in its cage at all times when candles are lit!) are 100% beeswax candles with NO scents and NO tabs and a 100% cotton wick. Tabs are the little metal things that sometimes hold the wick in place at the base. You can get tabless, beeswax candles from pretty much any one of those little boutique soap and scent and natural goodies type shops. Online too, as many bee farmers will make and sell them themselves.

As a summary, make sure the wick is 100% cotton, the candle itself is 100% beeswax, their is no tab and no scents. The candle should be nothing but a beeswax cylinder/blob/whatever and a cotton wick.

Beeswax candles naturally smell like honey when burning. They are very pleasant and any fumes released have not been reported to harm anyones bird as of yet. I still recommend burning them a safe distance/in another room however. And of course, birds should be caged and away when candles are out!

I believe others also promote soy candles or something similar, but I have no experience with them so cannot recommend them.
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Re: burning candles and birds

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Does put a cramp in the rites but better to have a live bird.
That it does! Also makes cleansing a bit of a challenge, but I'd rather have my babies safe.
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Re: burning candles and birds

What Spirit posted is what I am on about. 100% beeswax, 100% cotton and no tabs (where the lead can be) etc. These ones are supposed to be particularly good too!

I will sneakily say here though for the fellow uni students and people living on a shoestring (me, lol) that you can get them cheaper elsewhere online from bee farmers on on ebay (or even sometimes in the local health food store) if you are on a budget. Just be sure to be 100% on what is in them!

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Does put a cramp in the rites but better to have a live bird.
That it does! Also makes cleansing a bit of a challenge, but I'd rather have my babies safe.
There is an Australian ebay seller that does bird safe naturally coloured beeswax candles for rites/cleansing if you guys can find her I know a few bird people who use them (not me personally, but they seem quite nice!) when they require beyond the basic white
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Re: burning candles and birds

After some Google searching, I came across Mia Bella Candles (sold thru Scent Sations) and they have some testimonies from people with birds saying that they are the only candles they will use around their birds. The candles are 100% vegetable wax with Cotton wicks. I am awaiting some more literature on these candles. I have 6 dogs in addition to my 2 birds and do not want my house to smell like a zoo so for me it's worth looking into....even if I move the birds to a different room and burn the candles in the main part of the house where people come into!
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