Mineral oil on perch?

by C H
(CA)

I understand that mineral oil is fine for birds feet. Would it be ok if we used it for their perch?

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Apr 26, 2016
Mineral Oil & Birds
by: Cruz

My concern is that I did apply some mineral oil to the outside of an outdoor bird feeder that was getting rusty and then worried about the birds coming in contact with the oil. Your comment about it being toxic to birds was well heeded and I did wipe down the feeder so there was very little exposure. I did read in another website about parrots and mineral oil being used to treat for mites on their feathers without worry and this is in conflict with your concerns. For safety's sake don't use it unless you talk to your vet.

Aug 26, 2010
Palm Oil
by: Anonymous

What about using Organic Red Palm Oil instead of mineral oil on perches?

Editor's note: Organic Red Palm Oil may go rancid. NO bird perches need oil on them.

Aug 25, 2010
Mineral oil on perch?
by: Linda

We are very happy you asked the question before you put the oil on the perch because oil and birds do not mix. Envision the oil spill and the countless thousands of birds, fish and animals who died because they suffocated to death.

With birds and oil, what happens is they get it on their feet then they use their feet to groom themselves which then gets the oil down to their skin. Once the oil is in contact with the skin, it spreads over the bird's body, and in a while difficulty in breathing will be noticed and then death quickly follows.Most of these over the counter oil products like Mineral Oil are also poison for a bird to ingest, so either way the bird's health is severely compromised.

For anyone reading this, please do not use oils on your birds or their perches. There are some water soluable oils that an Avian Vet may recommend from time to time, and these are given via prescriptions even then. A lot of this type of oil is used in the bird bath mixes that can be found around, but here again, it is always a good idea to steer clear of pet store remedies or proucts of this nature. If a bird has a severe dry itchy skin problem, then the first step is to take that bird to an Avian Vet for a checkup. Diet plays a major roll in feather and skin condition, and all seed diets provide mostly saturated fats and not many vitamins and minerals. You'll see these birds with all kinds of skin problems.

So, again, thank you so much for asking the question before doing anything as it shows initiative and intelligence.Welcome back anytime!

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Aug 25, 2010
Mineral oil and birds
by: Tracie

Our avian vet does NOT think mineral oil is okay to put on birds. You do not need to put any oil on a perch.

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