Miscellaneous Bird Information
Poison House Plants
Most birds love to nibble on plants. However, many are toxic to the birds. Below is a list of potentially poisonous house plants.Amaryllis - Avocado - Azalea - Bird of Paradise - Black locust - Boxwood - Buckthorn Buttercup- Caladium - Calla lily - Castor bean - Cherry - Clematis - Daffodil (Narcissus ) Daphne Datura stramonium (Angel's trumpet) - Delphinium - Dieffenbachia (Dumbcane) Elephant's ear - English ivy - Euphorbia cactus - Fig (Weeping fig) - Ficus - Foxglove Holly - Horse chestnut - Hyacinth - Hydrangea - Iris - Jack-in-the-pulpit - Jerusalem cherry - Juniper - Larkspur - Lily-of-the valley - Lobelia - Marihuana - Mistletoe Monkshood - Narcissus - Nightshade Oleander - Philodendron - Poinsettia - Pokeweed Potato (sprouts green skins) - Pothos - Privet - Rhododendron - Rhubarb - Skunk cabbage Snowdrop - Tobacco (Nicotinia )- Virginia creeper - Weepingfig(Ficus) - Wisteria - Yew (Taxus )
Safe House Plants
Acacia European Elderberry Norfolk Island pine Ferns: asparagus, bird's Palms: areca, date, fa, African violet nest, Boston (and related), lady, parlour, howeia, maidenhair kentia, Phoenix, sago Figs: creeping, rubber, Aloe fiddle leaf, laurel leaf, Pepperomia weeping Baby's tears Gardenia Petunia Bamboo Grape ivy Pittosporum Begonia Hen and chickens Pothos Bougainvillea Juniper branches Prayer plant Chickweed Kalanchoe Purple passion (velvet nettle) Christmas Cactus Marigolds Schefflera (umbrella) Cissus Magnolia Sensitive plant Coffee Monkey Plant Snowberry Corn plant Mother-in-Law's Tongue Spider plant Crab apple Nasturtium Swedish Ivy Dandelion Natal Thistle Dogwood Oregon Holly-Grape Wandering Jew Dracaena Varieties Plum White Clover Rambling Rose Zebra Plant
Natural branches make beautiful perches. Their angles and varying diameters provide healthy exercise not just for birds feet but their entire bodies. Also, they provide entertainment for the birds.
Apple, Ash, Almond, Apricot, Plum, Prune, Nectarine, any citrus, Dogwood, Elm, Guava, Papaya, Pear, Mandrona, magnolia, nut (except chestnut and oak), goat willow, pussy willow, weeping willow, Thurlow
NOTE: Safe tree branches should not be used if toxic chemicals or insecticides have been sprayed on Them. Before using a "safe" branch, scrub all of the branch with a nontoxic disinfectant (such as chlorine bleach or Nolvasan -1 part to 10 parts water, Then rinse Thoroughly and dry well. I have seen it recommended to put branches in The oven at approx. 300 degrees to sterilize Them - but be careful not to start a fire!
First Aid Kit For Birds
Rubbing alcohol and alcohol swabs, Gauze swabs Hibitane (chlorhexidine) as a disinfectant. Do NOT use hydrogen peroxide since it can cause tissue injujry Silver nitrate sticks for bleeding nails and beaks. Don't use Kwik stop since you could inadvertently got some of the powder in a bird's eye resulting in conjunctivitis. Artificial tears- in case of irritant eye exposures Gelfoam - stops bleeding from flesh wounds. Cut this into small pieces suitable for applying to leg injuries. Get the Gelfoam from an avian vet. Hemostat or needle tip pliers to remvove broken blood feathers etc Sterile saline for irrigation Lactated Ringer's solution Vetwrap Micropore tape Assorted bandages Tegaderm dressing - excellent for covering certain types of open wounds Aloe vera gel - may provide relief for scalds or burns Scissors Assorted syringes for feeding, irrigation or for parenteral administration of fluids. Oral electrolyte replacement preparation eg. Gastrolyte, Rappolyte (powders that can be made up into solution for oral rehydration therapy). Handfeed formula (for sick birds). Antacid preparation - in case bird accidentally ingests an irritant plant or substance. Hot/cold pack.
Safe Cleaning Solutions
Vinegar & Water (Safe around Birds) The "typical" solution for cleaning is one cup of vinegar to one gallon of warm water. (Safe for use around birds) Great Window Cleaner!
Powerful Cleaner..... (careful around birds) 1 bottle rubbing alcohol 1 T. Dawn liquid dishwashing solution Fill gallon milk jug with water & the above two items.
Sources of Toxic Fumes
Asbestos, Ammonia, Bleach/ Chlorine, Carbon Monoxide, Cigarette Smoke, Flea Bombs & Collars, Floor Polishes, Formaldehyde, Hair Dye and Spray, House Paint, Kerosene, Matches, Moth Balls, Scented Candles, Nail Polish & Remover, Oil Paint, Oven Cleaner, *OVERHEATED NONSTICK COOKWARE **TEFLONS** Paint Remover, Perfume, Permanent Wave Solution, Tobacco, Pesticides, Shoe Polish & Cleaners, Spot Removers, Spray Starch, Suntan Lotions, Surgical Acrylics, Toilet Cleaners, Wax.
UNSURE, READ THE LABEL SEEK MORE INFO FROM MAKER. WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T USE!!
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