Toxins and Poisons

Toxins and Poisons can affect our parrots within the Home and the Aviary. It should be obvious to most Parrot owners that there are hazards everywhere within our homes, From the basics for example ,Windows and Doors open to the Chemicals we keep in our Kitchen cupboards. From the moment we bring these lovely parrots into our homes we have an obligation to protect our feathered friends from such toxins and poisons and have a responsibility to safeguard them from any contact with them either directly or indirectly. Be Warned, I know a few parrot owners that have suffered losses within the home, this was because they did not understand the effects of certain materials used in the home. You may be shocked at what cannot be used but please for the Health and Safety of your Parrot take note of what is said in the following paragraphs.

Below is a list of the most known Objects, Materials, Chemicals, Plants, Toxins and Poisons that I can come up with.

Please do take note of these subjects, they could save your parrots life.

In the Kitchen

"Teflon Toxicity" or Polymer Fume Fever

Apart from the obvious objects like knives and sharp objects, The most common killer in the kitchen is 'PTFE' coated Cooking Utensils e.g. Frying Pans, Saucepans, Irons. In fact anything that is heated up and has a Teflon coating.

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a synthetic polymer used as a non-stick surface in cookware. The brand names Teflon, Silverstone, and T-Fal are the best known, but PTFE-coated products are also manufactured under other trade names.

The main problem with PTFE is when heated up to a very high temperature starts to break down and gives of Toxic Fumes undetectable by humans. Birds however are very sensitive to 'PTFE' Poisoning and can die within a few minutes of being in contact with these Odourless, Colourless fumes. 

I personally have heard so many stories of pet birds dying in this manner, The fumes cause Immediate Repertory distress to your bird, Resulting in the bird falling to the ground, Crying for you in a Panic and then passing away almost within 5 minutes. Please do not expose your bird to the risks of Teflon, It would be a good idea to make your household Teflon free. Use Stainless Steel, Ceramic, or Clay Pots instead of the so convenient Teflon coated non stick pans we find so useful within the kitchen. Also remember there are lots more electrical items within the kitchen Environment that contain Teflon than we think.

The following items have been known to contain PTFEs

Heat lamps
Portable heaters
Sole plates on irons
Ironing board covers
Burners on stove tops
Drip pans for burners
Broiler pans
Griddles
Many cooking utensils
Woks
Waffle makers
Electric skillets
Deep fryers, crock pots,
Hot air popcorn poppers
Coffee makers
Bread makers
Non-stick rolling pins
Lollipop molds
Corkscrews
Never-Stick-Stainless Steel
Stockpots
Roasters
Non-stick gingerbread molds
Pizza pans
Tortilla presses

 

First Aid For Teflon Toxicity


1. Remove the affected bird immediately from the home and supply lots of fresh air. Unfortunately, other than this, no first aid exists.
2. Call your avian veterinarian immediately.

Chemicals

This section will be kept Short and Sweet. I believe it is common sense that most Chemicals within the household Environment are Poisonous, both to humans and wildlife. I cannot stress how important it is to keep all chemicals away from your birds at all times. Probably best kept in inaccessible cupboards or sheds, garages and the like. Please also remember that you may have dish cloths around the kitchen that your bird could possibly get hold of. These may contain poisonous washing up liquids, or bleach. It is up to you as a responsible Parrot owner to make sure your bird does not come into contact with any chemicals in the household.

General Household Poisons

Acetone, Ammonia, Antifreeze, Ant syrup or paste, Arsenic, Bathroom bowl cleaner, Bleach, Boric acid, Camphophenique, Carbon tetrachloride, Charcoal lighter, Clinitest tablets, Copper and brass cleaners, Corn and wart remover, Crayons, Deodorants, Detergents, Disinfectants, Drain cleaners, Epoxy glue, Fabric softeners, Garbage toxins, Garden sprays, Gasoline, Gun cleaner, Gunpowder, Hair dyes, Herbicides, Hexachlorophene (in some soaps), Indelible markers, Insecticides, Iodine Kerosene, Lighter fluid, Linoleum (contains lead salts), Matches, Model glue, Mothballs, Muriatic acid, Mushrooms (some varieties, Nail Polish, Nail polish remove, Oven cleaner, Paint, Paint remover, Paint thinner, Perfume, Permanent wave solutions, Pesticides, Photographic solutions, Pine oil Plants, Prescription and non-prescription drugs, Red squill, Rodenticides, Rubbing alcohol, Shaving lotion, Silver polish, Snail bait, Spot remover, Spray starch, Strychnine, Sulphuric acid, Suntan lotion, Super glue, Turpentine, Weed killers, Window cleaners.

Poisonous Plants

Toxic Indoor Plants

Toxic Outdoor Plants

Amaryllis (bulbs)
American Yew
Avocado
Azalea (leaves)
Balsam pear seeds/outer rind of fruit)
Baneberry (berries/root)
Bird of Paradise (seeds)
Black Locust
Blue-green algae
Boxwood (stems/leaves)
Buckthorn (fruit/bark )
Buttercup (sap/bulbs)
Caladium (leaves)
Calla Lily(leaves)
Castor Bean
Chalice Vine/trumpet vine
Christmas candle (sap)
Clematis/Virginia
Coral Plant
Cowslip
Daffodil Bulbs
Daphne (berries)
Datura (berries)
Deadly Amantia
Death Camas
Delphinium
Dieffenbachia (leaves)
Eggplant
Elephants ear/Taro (leaves/stems)
English Ivy (berries)
English Yew
False Henbane
Fly Agaric Mushroom
Foxglove (leaves)
Golden Chain
Hemlock
Henbrane (seeds)
Holly
Horse Chesnutt (nuts/twigs)
Hyacinth (bulbs)
Hydrangea
Indian Trump
Iris/Blue flag (bulbs)
Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Japanese Yew
Java Bean (uncooked)
Juniper (needles/stems)
Lantana (immature berries)
Larkspur
Laurel
Lily of the Valley
Lobelia
Locoweed
Lords and ladies
Marijuana/Hemp (leaves)
Mayapple
Mescal Beans (seeds)
Mistletoe (berries)
Mock orange
Monkshood
Morning Glory
Narcissus
Nightshade
Oleander
Philodendron (leaves/stems)
Poinsettia
Poison Ivy (sap)
Poison Oak (sap)
Pokewood/Inkberry
Potato (eyes/new shoots)
Privet
Rhododendron
Rhubarb (leaves)
Rosary Peas/Indian licorice
Skunk Cabbage
Snowdrop
Snow on the Mountain
Sweet Pea – seeds/fruit
Tobacco (leaves)
Virginia Creeper (sap)
Water Hemlock
Western Yew
Wisteria
Yam Bean

Acacia
Apricot (fruit is safe)
Autumn Crocus/Meadow Saffron
Beans (raw)
Birch
Bittersweet Nightshade
Bleeding Heart/Dutchmans Breeches
Bloodroot
Bracken Fern
Broomcorn Grass
Candelabra Tree
Cardinal Flower
Cherry Tree (bark/twigs/leaves/pits)
Chinaberry Tree
Crown of Thorns
Croton
Elderberry
Euonymus/spindle tree
False Hellebore
Ficus (weeping)
Firthorne/Pyracantha
Four O’clock
Glory Bean
Ground Cherry
Honey Locust
Honeysuckle
Horsetail
Indian Licorice Bean
Ivy
Jasmine
Jimsonweed/Thornapple
Jerusalem Cherry (berries)
Johnson Grass
Kentucky Coffee Tree
Lupines/Bluebonnet
Mandrake
Mango Tree (fruit is safe)
Moonseed
Mountain Laurel
Mushrooms
Nectarine (pit and parts of tree)
Nettles
Nutmeg
Oak (acorns/foliage()
Peach (pit and parts of the tree)
Peanuts (raw)
Pencil Tree
Periwinkle
Pigweed
Pine (needles/berries)
Plum
Pothos
Prune
Rain Tree
Ranunculas/Buttercup
RedMaple
Sandbox Tree
Scarlet Runner Beans
Snowflake
Sorghum Grass
Sorrel
Sudan Grass
Tansy Ragwort
Vetch
Yellow Jasmine
Yew (needles/Thistles)
Yucca