Wall paint safe for birds

I have bought a house and it needs painting. I plan to paint before I bring in the birds (parrots). Is there a paint/brand you would recommend that is safe? Thank you for your input and help.

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Mar 03, 2016
painting with birds near
by: Anonymous

So I know this is an older post but I am about to paint my kitchen with a low VOC paint and my canary is in an aviary in my den and moving the cage is almost impossible so my question is, is it ok to leave him there or move him to a smaller cage in the back of the house? I also worry about stressing him to move him because he has always been in the same cage and space for several years now. Thank you

Editor's note: Dr B already stated on this page "All paints are now lead-free; some paints have zinc, especially the whites. Painting has fumes, but you can buy low VOC paints and the latex interior paints are safe to use even in the presence of birds. There is not particular brand that is better than another.

Dr B"

Sep 20, 2013
Need a bird safe paint
by: Anonymous

My bird room is right next to a room we are painting this weekend and I was wondering if they need to be out of the house or if it safe if they are shut somewhere else with lots of fans and such in the paint room and the room they are relocated to. I read that using the VOC paint is better for them and they don't need to be as relocated. Is this true? If not if I move the birds outside/to another house for a few hours or a day would this be safe?

Editor's note: Dr B already stated on this page "All paints are now lead-free; some paints have zinc, especially the whites. Painting has fumes, but you can buy low VOC paints and the latex interior paints are safe to use even in the presence of birds. There is not particular brand that is better than another.

Dr B"

May 28, 2010
Bird safe wall paint
by: The Avian Vet

All paints are now lead-free; some paints have zinc, especially the whites. Painting has fumes, but you can buy low VOC paints and the latex interior paints are safe to use even in the presence of birds. There is not particular brand that is better than another.

Dr B

May 27, 2010
Wall paint safe for birds
by: Linda

As Tracie said, try and find the VOC paints if possible. From my own experience with regular latex paints, birds CANNOT COME BACK INTO THE HOME FOR UP TO A MONTH as it takes that long for the latex to gas out. Even when we can no longer smell it as much, it is STILL gassing out and will kill birds. Dogs and cats also have to be out of house for a week to two weeks after all the painting is done. You start counting the time after the very last wall is finished with it's last coat.

My information came from an Avian Vet who said to ALWAYS DRAG YOUR FEET WITH THE BIRDS COMING BACK INTO THE HOUSE. If you use the VOC paints, there will still be a period of time they need to be out of house, and our Avian Vet, Dr. B will be better able to answer that question since I've not used them before or you can ask your own Avian vet. I know latex is poison and highly toxic to birds, cats, dogs and fish until it has gassed out. As Tracie said if you have a room you could seal off, but that's not going to work because you'll have to open it up to feed and water the birds, and that's when the vapors can come into room. It does not take much vapor like this to kill a bird, even a larger bird. Cats are also highly sensitive to vapors and succumb in a short time. They are much like birds in their need for clean air and water.

So, Dr. B can answer the question about the VOC paints which I would assume will be more expensive, though I don't know that for sure. Next time we have to paint, I certainly will be looking into it.

If you end up using regular latex, plan on your birds being totally out of house for a minimum of 3 weeks(ask Avian Vet) so paint can finish gassing out. It is still not safe for them to eat any kind of paint or sealing product regardless of which kind it is, so their play areas need to be clear of walls or any other painted or treated wood they could chew.

I'll be looking for Dr. B's answer and thanks for writing.

Linda

May 27, 2010
Bird safe paint for inside house
by: Tracie

Dr B will answer this eventually, but I will tell you what I have been told before.

Since the birds will not be there when it is painted, purchase low VOC paint. The VOC stands for Volitile Organic Compounds. Low VOC paint will have little odor and so the birds will be able to come home sooner.

One person that replied to a similar question on this blog, suggested you put a drop of vanilla in the paint, and when you couldn't smell the vanilla, it was safe to bring in the birds. But I say, lets let Dr B answer the question and see what he says.

Many people I know have successfully painted the inside of their house without removing their birds. They use low VOC paint, put the birds in a room as far away as possible, open a window in the room the birds are in, put a fan blowing OUT the window of the room being painted and shut the room door if possible, and put towels under the door to the room the birds are in.

Here is an article for you to read on VOC paint:
http://home-owner-tips.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_choose_safe_paints_for_interior_walls

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