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Old 05-19-2017, 03:20 PM
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So, I've been reading about how a lot of people like to cut fresh branches from trees and hang them, leaves and all, for their birds to shred. This is especially common in Australia and the U.K. I mean, I get it in Australia, since they have all sorts of yummy plants and trees such as eucalyptus, peppermint tree, umbrella (is it umbrella tree?), bottlebrush, grevillia, wattle, etc.

However, it's kind of sketchy in North America and the UK. Like, ash, apple, elm, and cottonwood, for example, can apparently be given to your birds "raw", with the leaves still on? What do you guys think? I suck at keeping everyone entertained, so I was wondering if you guys thought it would be safe to give them some fresh apple tree branches (no pesticides, pollution, etc.) with the leaves still on to destroy? Should I eat some leaves and bark first just to be safe? Like, if the leaves aren't edible, I'd hope they'd be smart enough to not to ingest them. I don't know. But, you don't see wild animals poisoning themselves, or eating a bunch of stringy plants, causing their guts to get tangled. What do you think? I mean, we trust our birds not to swallow the toys they shred. Dogs swallow stuff all the time, but mentally, they're about as developed as a 30 day old wolf pup.
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Re: Foliage?

Trends come and go, and some of them need to go faster than others.

Lets face it, there is nothing that brightens up a room like a bunch of bugs that are flowing off all those wonderful leaves and out of that pretty bark! The designers that come up with some of this stuff use a ton of chemicals before any of that stuff shows-up for those wonderful photos. And, just as quickly that stuff is back out of that home prior to the owner suing them. Aaaaa, the goings on behind the photo shots!

Yes, it is always nice to be able to just load a bunch of stuff on and in a cage to call it good and be off doing none Parrot stuff! And to add a little fun to this process, what happens with a branch of Poison Ivy comes in with the others or those leaves or branches that are rated as not Parrot Safe. Sure, why not!

I work hard a locating 'Parrot Safe' branches, remove their bark and clean them before bring them into my home! I am always amazed at the stuff I find when I am cleaning those branches. And, if you live in an ever increasing number areas in the Great White North, you can no longer cut Red Oak during that part of the year that is not cold!

The number of dangers that a nice leaf or fresh bark can bring to you, your Parrot and your home - to me, its just not worth all the problems.

Can you do it, yes! Have fun! Enjoy nature in your home!

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