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Learn How To Protect Your African Grey Parrot

Learn How To Protect Your African Grey Parrot


Things That Are Harmful To Your African Grey ParrotYou may not realize it, but certain things that you might take for granted in your daily life can be fatal to your grey.  It’s important to learn how to protect your African Grey Parrot.

Below is a list of items well known to be harmful or deadly to African Greys (and most all pet birds, for that matter), and it is very important that you understand how to Protect Your African Grey.

1. Certain Cleaning Products. The cleaning product Febreeze has been known to kill pet birds. Always exercise caution with any fabric or general cleaning product. The odors emitted can be very harmful to your bird. Other products that can emit harmful fumes include oven cleaners, toiletProtect Your African Grey cleaners, hair sprays, nail polish remover, perfumes, pesticides, bleach, moth balls, floor cleaners, spot removers and wax. We use only natural cleaning products in our home. Generally, if it smells bad to you, it could kill your bird.

2. Non-Stick Cookware. Do NOT under any circumstances cook with any non-stick cookware product. The substance found in non-stick cookware emits a gas that is fatal to pet birds (not to mention harmful to humans as well)! If you are planning on purchasing a grey or any other exotic bird, then also plan on replacing all of your non-stick cookware with either glass, cast iron or stainless steel. This including any kitchen gadgets such as toaster ovens, waffle makers, electric skillets, etc. Teflon is definitely out when it comes to a pet bird.

3. Air Filters/Purifiers. Many air purifiers today contain a feature that will emit ozone in the room. Ozone is very harmful to birds. If you do use an air purifier in your home and it has a feature to turn off the ozone function, by all means make sure it is OFF.

4. Food Products. Never feed your African Grey chocolate, avocado, alcohol, products containing caffeine, fruit seeds or pits.

5. Certain Common Household Plants. These include; Amaryllis, Christmas Candle, Dieffenbachia, Hyacinth, Mistletoe, Philodendron, Poinsettias and all ivys. The best policy for a bird that may have a bit of freedom in your house is to make sure they do not go near any house plants in the area.

6. Other Pets. Exercise caution with your grey around other animals such as a pet dog or cat. The bacteria from a dog bite or even a cat scratch can kill your grey.

It can be fun to watch a young African Grey interact with other pets in your household…just use caution if and when this occurs.  Just remember to do a house safety check for you bird and do anything you can to Protect Your African Grey.

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2 Responses to "Learn How To Protect Your African Grey Parrot"

  1. Jon says:

    My family and i had always wanted a parrot. After i started reading more information I read that non-stick cookware is dangerous to parrots and humans. If i wanted to get a parrot would i still be able to have a parrot in my room if the door is closed or opened a little bit? My room is only 15 yards away from the kitchen.

  2. Bob says:

    Hi Jon. Yes, non-stick cookware fumes are deadly to parrots. I lost a wonderful macaw to teflon fumes years ago thanks to a careless family member, so I can attest first hand the stuff is nasty. Frankly, in my opinion, teflon-based non-stick coatings should be completely banned! Unless you and your family are willing to replace all of your non-stick cookware (including such things as toaster ovens, waffle makers, etc), I wouldn’t even have a parrot in the house, period. Some may argue that a parrot placed in a different room other then the kitchen is less likely to be exposed to the toxic gases, but my take is, why risk it? Parrots lungs are so small and it doesn’t take much to damage them.

    The company that makes teflon has known for years that it releases gases that are lethal to both humans and animals. One of the gases released when teflon is heated to a certain point is the same gas used during World War I to kill soldiers!

    My advise…don’t get a bird if you can’t live without your non-stick cookware.

    All best