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Old 03-29-2014, 10:00 AM
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Re: Safe Wood

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Have to say, growing up in West Virginia, I spent plenty of time draggin wood out of the hollers and up the riverbanks! I'm a fan now just because of the name!!!
Hello fellow West Virginian! I am originally from Hurricane
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:33 AM
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Re: Safe Wood

hm, as far as i know apple is not toxic. where did you hear that? i have used apple wood(and crabapple) for cooper since i got him and have had no bad effects at all.
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Old 03-29-2014, 11:57 AM
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Re: Safe Wood

Terry57, we were practically neighbors... I'm from St. Albans!

Mrgoogls, I guess apple wood is debatable, depending on who you talk to and what you read. I've read/heard a lot of conflicting info, with some saying it's fine, as long as you disinfect it and bake it before use. Others say it's toxic only part of the year, (maybe due to the use of pesticides), and still others say never to use it (including my breeder & the bird store I use). So, I am definitely no expert, just going on the advice of others more experienced and knowledgeable than me! If memory serves me, I read that apple trees are related to rose, and there is a compound in the seeds/woody parts that is converted to cyanide??? when broken down and ingested? Don't quote me on that, of course I can't find the article now, but it worried me enough to decide, personally, just to avoid the apple wood, stems, and seeds!
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Very cool, JennyB! My great Aunt used to live in St. Albans on McKinley Ave., and I lived there for awhile about a couple of blocks from the Wendy's Such a small world!
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Re: Safe Wood

i know the seeds from an actual apple are toxic, but i have never heard anything about the wood. oh well. i havent had any problems with it. maybe it is just pesticides like you said, the branches i use are 100% pesticide free(and disinfected).
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Re: Safe Wood

Apple wood is safe to use. just make sure they've never been sprayed with pesticides!

Apples are also safe for parrots to eat- it is the SEEDS that are toxic.
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getwozzy- thanks, thats what i thought
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Re: Safe Wood

GetWozzy, thank you for the clarification! That's one less thing I have to worry about now (chronic worrier here... my husband says I'll worry when I don't have anything left to worry about!)

Again, I AM NOT AN EXPERT!!! That's just what I have been told/read in different places regarding the wood/branches, often with conflicting answers. I'm a full-time teacher (25 7 yo's), I have kids (one of whom just got his drivers license, we have birds, dogs, and horses... so I worry about ALL of my kids ALL-THE-TIME! What I'm trying to say is... it's just easier for me to completely avoid anything that might be toxic...

Like many others, I joined the forum so that I could benefit from the knowledge of people who are actually knowledgeable about birds! I should add a disclaimer to my signature that anything I say should be regarded as gossip unless & until it is corroborated by someone else who actually knows what they're talking about! My birds LOVE apples and that is how I finally conned them into eating other fruits/veggies! (It's just the woody parts I was told to avoid).

Again, thank you for setting me straight... the last thing I want to do is spread misinformation & certainly didn't mean to imply apples are toxic?!!!! It was just other safe wood I'm curious about. I truly enjoy talking all things "birds" and am so thankful there is a place like this where I can learn so much! I realize some of the things I say are probably pretty stupid, but I really am trying to learn!
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