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Old 11-02-2016, 04:06 PM
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Hi Kentuckienne, thank you for your input, very very helpful. I have one question for you. When I am making my bird toys, I test all materials for lead, and test my metals for zinc. Do you know how I can, or if I can, test for chlorobenzenes.
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:30 PM
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Hi Kentuckienne, thank you for your input, very very helpful. I have one question for you. When I am making my bird toys, I test all materials for lead, and test my metals for zinc. Do you know how I can, or if I can, test for chlorobenzenes.
Not without specialized equipment. Its used as a solvent in making herbicides and dyes,mostly. It should evaporate completely in a few days. It's also soluble in alcohol. You might be most likely to encounter it in dyes or dyed items, or herbicide treated materials, but the amounts would be extremely low, and most or all will dissipate by the time the materials reach you. Let your materials air out, soak fabrics in water for 48 hours, dry and then soak again briefly in alcohol if you like and it should all be gone. As for dyes, if you allow a dyed object to air dry door several days, any traces of chlorobenzenes that remain will evaporate. Lead and zinc are much more hazardous. Personally, I prefer to dye parrot toys with beet juice, onion skins, and other natural dyes - easy and cheap.
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:48 PM
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Disaster averted. *The Rb was playing with the pink toy shown here (one of several similar, purchased from the wonderful MySafeBirdStore... I don't recall the brand).
I got him to pose with them so that you can see the similarity of their radius to his neck's radius. *While spinning it around and around in his beak (a favorite thing to do with any ring or such) he flipped it up and over his head and suddenly it was around his neck. *I watched the whole thing. And leaped to him and tugged it up and off. *He was so stunned that he didn't even fight. *He just froze.
Something similar happened 20 - 30 years ago with one of those neck rings on plastic gallon milk jugs... the things left behind after you twist off the top. *I gave it to him and within seconds it was a very tight necklace.
I had completely forgotten about that incident. *Duh!!!
So this is just a reminder to be wary of any toys that could fit over your darling' s heads!
This could have been a horrible, horrible, horrible night.



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Old 10-02-2017, 01:48 PM
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Re: List hazardous toys HERE, please

Hi guys.

So ever since I got my Blu, I've been buying those wooden perches which come with those metal parts which keep it attached to the cage. Well, yesterday his finger got stuck between those two washers while I was in the room, both of us panicked but thankfully, while I was walking towards him to help him, he managed to get his finger out of it, unharmed. Now I removed one of the discs and the perch is still standing, although it does wobble a bit but nothing serious.
I just wanted to share my story with you and possibly prevent similar accidents.

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