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Resin, epoxy and parrots

Hi all,

I've been wanting to do some DIY projects that involve resin/epoxy. This isn't for the fids to play with or anything, but I just had questions about working with it and having parrots.

My birds have an outside aviary where they spend most of the day, when I'm at work. Where I would be working with the resin/epoxy is outside, and I'm hoping to make it so I'm on the opposite side of the house from their aviary, but then it'd be directly outside the window my room is where we all sleep at night. I just thought I'd ask in case there were any makers around online in this forum.

I will be asking a vet in the near future about this particular topic as well.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Resin, epoxy and parrots

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Re: Resin, epoxy and parrots

I'm no expert, but I salute your efforts and vigilance. Do keep us informed! As always, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" when it comes to toxins, and the more layers/walls/distance twixt the fids and the bad stuff, the better. Good luck!

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Re: Resin, epoxy and parrots

You definitely want to keep it outside--- Even then, be vigilant (my neighbors were spray painting or something the other day and Noodles and I got smacked in the face by the smell when we stepped outside for a second (before retreating). Winds can still send dangerous chemicals a very good distance---My parents live a little less than a mile from a car shop, and they can sometimes smell serious fumes outside as well.
Can you move them indoors while you work or are they outside full-time?

Epoxy can have a very strong smell and can also be dangerous to touch (I used a type that required very thorough washing after contact with skin-- not because of the glue factor, but because of the chemical/cancer risk. Be very careful about any residue on your hands.

If you are concerned about the smell getting into the house, is there any chance of moving your work space?

I think that it's a good idea for most bird owners to have a solid, true-hepa air filter that also traps VOCs. They aren't cheap, but they can make a difference in terms of an added layer of safety.

If you can smell the chemicals inside, I would definitely not continue the project if your birds are in there. If your house is fairly well-sealed, windows are shut and an air purifier (non-ionizing, non-ozone producing, non- "sanitizing" ----unless those functions can be turned off) then you probably would be okay, but it's hard to know for sure.
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