hat w/ beads safe for budgie?

by Diana
(Massachusetts )


I bought a knitted hat when I was on vacation a while ago and it has strands with beads on it. I will never end up wearing it so I was wondering if it'd be safe to give to my budgie to play with? I'll wash it first anyway but my concern is that it's colored and I'm not sure what the material is.

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Jan 23, 2013
Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the replies, everyone. I feel a bit embarrassed because it seems obvious now and I should never have considered it in the first place.

Jan 22, 2013
Hat with beads
by: Anonymous

I wouldn't recommend letting your bird play with the hat, especially since you don't know what the material is and the dye could be harmful for your bird as well. Also the material might shred or come apart causing your bird to become entangled by it's feet and suffer injury or even death. i once was going to purchase a bird toy at a discount store (it was tagged with a reputable bird company name) but as I was standing in line to pay, the dye from the wooden blocks on it was coming off in my hand, I didn't buy it and that was probably the reason it was in the discount store.

I once gave my bird a rubber wrist bracelet to play with and she was having a great time chewing and throwing it up in the air until it landed over her head and around her body. I'm glad I was there to remove it, there was no way should would have gotten free and probably would have died from a heart attack or exhaustion.

Only buy bird toys from the pet store and observe their behavior and how they play with it before leaving them alone with it. My bird likes to steal pens, spoons, keys and coins to play with and I always make sure I take out the innards of the pen that she claimed as hers and I only let her have light weight spoons (heavy ones can break a toe if dropped on it).

What might look okay to us to let a bird play with, could be harmful to them.

Jan 21, 2013
hat w/ beads safe for budgie?
by: Linda

No, this will not be safe for your budgie or any other bird for that matter. There are so many things wrong with this hat. First, there is the fact it is knitted. More birds are killed by strings being tied around their necks, feet and legs than any other household accidents. If your bird's feet get caught up in the knit or the srings with the beads, it can lose its foot or entire leg. If he happens to get one of the strings wound around neck, he will hang himself. Then there are the beads themselves. The beads are NOT meant to be anybody's toy and that includes birds, cats dogs and children. Your bird can choke on the beads not to mention being poisoned depending on what they are made of and painted with. There are only a few paints safe for birds, and these are Crayola's water-based called "washable paints". I use these to paint unpainted cut and sanded wooden toy pieces for my birds. All other paints including acrylic craft paints like Deco Art and Plaid are toxic for birds.

So, this is a case where you have not throught this through very well. The only dumb quetion is the one not asked, so am glad you came here and asked before giving this death trap to your bird. Cut off the strings with beads, and this could make a nice warm hat for winter for you or someone else. As for your bird, this hat is a bird death waiting to happen.

Again, thanks for asking before giving any part of this to your bird, and it is not suitable for a larger bird either. Strings and rope of any kind have to be used properly to be safe for any bird. I use cotton rope because it does not wrap as tightly as nylon but can still be a problem if toys are not made correctly.The Conure sleep huts are another death trap, so don't bother trying them out either. With time, they get loose threads and get wrapped around necks, toes and feet causing major damage or death. Birds need safe toys, perches and feeding dishes. Great care must be taken to make sure our birds are safe. It is simple really, birds need sturdy toys made using cotton rope if possible, stainless steel or nickel plated hardware and sized appropriately for the bird in question. Birds love the ones with wooden pieces strung on rope as they love to chew on wood which helps keep beaks honed down.

Linda

Jan 21, 2013
hat w/ beads safe for budgie?
by: D Singh

Hello Diana, I'd not give my birds anything that I'm not sure if it is safe. Ask your Avian vet first before giving your budgie anything to play with that you're not sure off. You've to be very careful with things that you may also give your bird to eat and do not have anything that smells strongly nearby.
My common sense tells me, anything that is bigger than the budgie's head will be safe. Anything smaller can slips down the budgie's throat or even get stuck. That will be very dangerous and could also be fatal. It all depends too, if the beads have any kind of paint that can come off when the birds bites, that's bad. Anything that can come off the beads will be harmful to the budgie if it is swallowed.
I'll definitely NOT recommend you giving it until you've been advised by AN AVIAN VET. Please be well informed before giving your bird ANYTHING to eat or play with. Anything that's around your bird should be safe. Thanks for asking before acting; I do admire your common sense and caring, God bless!

Jan 21, 2013
colored hat
by: Anonymous

As far as the beads go, as long as they are pony beads or plastic beads, the budgie can play with them,,as long as you watch to make sure they don't swallow them, but the material, I wouldn't chance it, as the coloring in it, whether it is washed or not, could be toxic. The safest for a bird is 100% cotton rope, stainless steel chain or nickel plated chain, untreated hemp rope, untreated sisal rope, etc. Just do a search on google for safe and unsafe toy parts.

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