Safe non-stick cookware?

by Robin

I've read a lot about Teflon and resulting fumes from cooking on it being deadly to birds. When I got my conure I literally had to throw out every metal cooking pot, everything was nonstick!

There are new non-stick products out there. Have any of them passed the 'bird test' yet? I'd be curious to know others' experiences.


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Sep 05, 2013
ceramic ware
by: kamibird

i'm hearing ceramic cookware is very safe. i'm still researching.
one man lost 3 of his birds, one grey, an amazon and another. he owned nonstick and went away and his kids were watching the birds and told not to use the nonstick. when he came back all the birds were dead. just too risky to me to even have it in the house. and i live alone.

Feb 01, 2012
Safe non-stick cookware
by: Robin

I wanted to do a follow up on this since I was the one who mentioned the subject. They are coming out with a bunch of enviornmentally safe non-stick CERAMIC coated cookware, or otherwise calld "green" cookware. Works like a charm. These have none of the PTFE and PFOA compounds. Safe for humans and Pets. Of course, one's bird should not be in the kitchen for safety reasons. However I don't have to worry abour fumes, sticking food and all that aggravation!

May 05, 2011
Safe non-stick cookware
by: Robin

I'm so sorry to hear you lost your conure that way! How awful! My thoughts go with you.

May 04, 2011
Get rid of the Teflon pans!
by: Anonymous

Teflon is most definitely not safe! Please beware!!!! We just lost our Conure due to a overheated Teflon pan and it's dupont. We had no clue of the danger until now:(

Jan 24, 2011
Teflon and birds
by: Tracie

A lady named Sara, a representative from DuPont, wrote wanting to encourage us all that we should trust Teflon made by DuPont. I did not post it because I KNOW birds die from Teflon fumes and don't want to encourage anyone it is safe. If only one bird died, because someone trusted Teflon because of Sara's post, that would be one bird too many.

Dr. B had this to say:

I agreed with everything until ?In terms of Polymer Fume Fever... Over the past 40 years, there have been only a few reported accounts of polymer fume fever as a result of severely overheating non-stick cookware.? But this is not the case in avian medicine. We see this problem far more frequently and many more times.

The rest of that paragraph is mostly true but misleading. (A statement about oils being dangerous) Other things cooking in the kitchen can produce harmful fumes when over heat, especially oils, but those in general do not cause nearly instant death as is seen with over-heat non-stick coatings.

I would concede that probably Regulatory agencies, consumer groups and health associations all have taken a close look at Teflon, but they were looking at human hazards, not bird.

I have myself treated Teflon-poisoning respiratory trauma and it definitely causes death. That is not to say that people who use Teflon and other non-stick coated pans are going to always cause the death of their bird. Using these pans are risky and it is advised by the general avian care professionals, including veterinary associations, to avoid their use. Bird owners do need to worry about this hazard.

Dr B

Jan 24, 2011
Non-stick coatings and birds
by: The Avian Vet

No, all nonstick coated surfaces are a potential hazard. I use exclusively cast iron and stainless steel. You can also use the enamel coated steel. You should also not use the self cleaning option on your over. Other things also contain Teflon-like coatings such as the George Forman Gill and similar products, clothes irons, toaster ovens, hair dryers, and many other products.

Dr B

Jan 19, 2011
Safe non-stick cookware?
by: Linda

Regular pots and pans coated with teflon are not a problem. It is how they are used that is causing problems. What I mean is if ever a teflon coated pot or pan is left on the stove with no water or oil in it, and it starts to burn, then the fumes released will kill birds in a matter of seconds and cats in a bit longer time frame.

So, we recommend not using teflon coated cookware because some people will put a pot or pan on fire to heat, walk away and allow all the water to boil out or oil to cook down and burn. Once this happens, there is nothing to stop the fumes from the burning teflon from killing your birds.

The best way to handle this is to buy only Stainless Steel cookware and forget about the teflon all together. All of us can forget or have something take us away from the stove even for a few minutes, and the results with teflon are deadly. Stainless steel cookware costs more than the teflon coated aluminum, and you are getting cookware that will last for years and years and it is worth the extra money spent for quality.

Thanks for writing,

PS Birds need to be kept out of the kitchen when food is being prepared because all cooking fumes can potentially harm them regardless of what it is cooked in. Safe place for a bird during food preparation is in another room.

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