Getting a gray soon - plastic trees

by Tim
(Cicero, IN)

Hi, I have 2 artificial trees about 5 foot tall and wanted to cut the leaves off and use the wood part for perches, play area, etc. Do you know if these would be toxic? I assume they are made out of plastic.

Thanks, Tim

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May 10, 2010
Thank you, Linda
by: Tim

I have been doing a lot of reading on grays, have had a book for several years and recently on line. I don't get something without researching it first. I have read several posts and some people just don't understand the responsibility involved. I figured the trees were a bad idea. I have also looked at the manzanita web site. I am going to buy from them and build my own. I read where you should get the sandblasted stuff because the other is slippery. I am getting my gray from a lady who had 4 birds listed on hoobly. She had 2 macaws, a cockitoo and the gray. She had sold them all, I asked her to hold mine for a couple of weeks becase I was remolding my kitchen and was worried about any paint fumes. Oh and get this she was selling all her birds in order to get a monkey. All her birds were in good health, she just didn't have time to work with them as far as training. The gray is 4 years old. I live in a small town and we happen to have a vet that also gives classes on parrot training at bird fever a bird only shop/nursery. I hope you can help me in the future with any queations I might have. Thank you for your time.

May 07, 2010
Getting a gray soon - plastic trees
by: Linda


I suggest you do some study before your bird comes as to safe wood for perches, and he will need safe natural branches for perches, not dowels and not anything plastic for perches or toys.

You can find natural wood branch perches already made with hardware already attached for your bird and cage size at most pet stores who sell parrot supplies.

Tracie has a list of safe wood on her Non-Toxic / Toxic List for birds, and if you use any trees at your house, make sure, they are on the safe list and that THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN SPRAYED FOR BUGS OR WITH FERTILIZER AS BOTH THESE CHEMICALS BECOME PART OF THE TREE BARK AND WILL POISON YOUR BIRD. Your best bet is to buy them already made.

Here is a place where you can get Manzanita perch material, and they'll install your hardware for you for a little extra. It is called, and the owner's name is Rich. Get the kind that has NOT been sandblasted as it retains the beautiful deep burgandy red bark.

You need to do a lot more study about the care of your Grey, and now is the time to get started. It is too late once your bird comes, and you have not done your homework. Birds are complicated to take care of, not easy like you MAY think. Get busy, and learn all you can before you bring him home. He will also need to be taken to Avian Vet within 48 hours of coming home to make sure he is healthy and not sick. Birds from pet stores are usually already sick, and if you take him in within 24-48 hours, they are responsible for costs if he is found to be ill. After that, it is ALL ON YOU BECAUSE YOU WAITED, so give him a good start by taking him to an Avian Vet in your area right away.

Thanks for writing,

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