Manzanita Wood Tree--Disinfection?


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Mar 8, 2015
Okay I searched through the whole toy section and only saw suggestions on sanitizing small wood items and my sanitization search didn't come up with answers, either, so here I am... There is a very good deal for a 5 foot manzanita wood tree on CL that the guy wants out of his way. Could I use vinegar and water to disinfect it? Or is there another way? It's a very good deal, and I would love to have it!


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Okay, I got the tree. Cost me $125. Nice people. The guy said he used to teach a class on exotic birds... but he also said he let his African Grey eat off his tongue and that his African Grey had the same cage that Sammy does--a flight cage whose bar wire is like the width of a large paperclip's wire! Hm... okay. I also got the "congratulations on being a smart person and clipping your birds wings" which I always love because I didn't clip them--he came clipped, and I prefer flighted birds, but I did as I always do and smiled and nodded and said thank you. (There are three conversations I do not start with people: whether you should clip wings, what US political party is the best, and whether or not Breaking Bad is a good show. They never turn out well.)

Sammy actually made me SUPER proud, though! He was totally interested right from the start (and absolutely FASCINATED with the woman--I was a little jealous), and he started bobbing his head and sticking out his neck and using his whole vocabulary, kissing and saying peekaboo and I love you and pretty bird and step up and hello and everything else except "stop it," which he apparently reserves for the dogs! He turned in a circle on cue and flew to me when I said "Sammy come here." What a little showoff! He never acts so awesome around people I actually KNOW, lol.

But back on topic, the tree... I scrubbed it down with water mixed with vinegar and baking soda then took a hair dryer, set it to the highest heat setting, and dried the entire tree with it right up against the wood. I then scrubbed it down with the vinegar/baking soda mix again and am allowing it to air dry. Hopefully this cleans it up pretty well, as I don't have a steam cleaner. It's a gorgeous tree, however, and I a MAJOR steal at $125!!! I think Sammy and my little Rosie to be will love it. And, in return for my kindness, Sammy ripped a key off my keyboard and snapped it in half. Thanks, buddy! ;)


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Mar 15, 2015
"Loki" turquoise GCC 1/4/15 hatch date-- "Chiqui" amazon 9/2010 hatch date---- "Banner" green parrotlet hatchdate 11/22/16

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Good timing! I found a mother lode of parrot stuff on cl for 75. I'm going Monday to get it all. Two stands, two training perches, etc. I plan to use the vetrinary disinfectant I have on them all.


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Maya (Female Solomon Island eclectus parrot), Jolly (Male Solomon Island eclectus parrot), Bixby (Male, red-sided eclectus. RIP), Suzie (Male cockatiel. RIP)
When I got a used java tree stand, I scrubbed it down with a mixture of lysol, clorox, and water to kill the living daylights out of any possible contagions, (repeatedly over the course of a few hours. Overkill, admittedly) and then hosed it down thoroughly before leaving it to dry out in the sun.

Vinegar and baking soda are good too, generally speaking, but I don't know whether they would be strong enough to kill viruses or diseases.


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Sep 18, 2013
San Antonio, TX
Presently have six Greenwing Macaw (17 yo), Red Fronted Macaw (12 yo), Red Lored Amazon (17 y.o.), Lilac Crowned Amazon (about 43 y.o.) and a Congo African Grey (11 y.o.)
Panama Amazon (1 Y.O.)
I use a steam cleaner. It's just water, but it's hot enough to sanitize, and you just wipe clean.


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Apr 13, 2015
Houston, TX
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Man you cleaned that tree up well! It looks brand new! I recently bought a smaller one and although new, I was wondering how to clean it so thanks for sharing!

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