Timothy Hay safe for birds?

by Karen
(Ct.)

Is natural Timothy Hay a safe material for my GC Conure to chew & shred. I was not able to find any mention of it on either the Toxic or Non-toxic lists.

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Feb 24, 2013
Timothy Hay safe is usually safe for birds
by: The Avian Vet

Yes, it is sage. Be sure it is from a field that does not spray for insects or weeds. Also be sure it is fresh and has not been stored wet as it molds and becomes toxic. You can smell it to be sure.

Dr B

Feb 23, 2013
One more question
by: Karen

Thanks, Linda ~

Your response was very helpful. My package of Timothy Hay states that it is a natural product with no additives or preservatives. The brand is Kaytee. Should I assume that this is not organic or do you think it's safe to use?

Thanks, again!

Karen

Feb 22, 2013
Timothy Hay safe for birds?
by: Linda

If this hay was grown in the US or even in another country it is not safe unless it has Certified Organic on it. The reason it is not safe is the same reason veggies and fruits from the grocery store are not safe. They use incredible amounts of both fertilizers and pesticides rendering these products unsafe for human or animal consumption. The animals who have to eat this kind of hay produce these chemicals in their meat and milk, so people are being poisoned on a routine basis.Food produced in Mexico is even worse in that DDT is still used there along with who knows what else.

Birds love to chew on safe wood, so I suggest you get toys made using safe wood toy pieces. You can also make your own using safe woods listed here. You can drill a hole in them and string them with cotton rope only because nylon does not have the flexibility of cotton and will cause birds to lose toes and even feet. All toys made with rope have to be checked often to make sure they are not damaged. I tie a large knot above and below each piece, and my Amazons are not able to get them loose and just enjoy chewing on the wood.

Making your own toys requires safe wood which has not been treated, stained or coated with anything. Do not use plywood because of the glue used to make it. You'll need wooden toy bases too which are larger pieces of wood holes are drilled into to string the rope through. Stainless steel or nickel plated chain can be used to hang toy with using either stainless steel/nickel plated up eyes, rings and hangers. Make sure your bird's toys are made using either stainless or nickel plated because the zinc that is so easily and cheaply found in home repair stores is just as poison as lead for birds. Toys coming from China would, in my humble opinion, be poison in so many ways we don't have room to go into it here.

Make sure the chain links are large enough for toes to get in and out of easily but not so large bird can get a foot or head into. Too small a link will get toes and nails caught in it and pull them off, so a bit larger links depending on size of bird's feet.

Forget about the hay unless you know for a fact it was organically grown because organic farmers use NO synthetic fertilizers or pesticides as they use natural items for both.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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