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Old 05-08-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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CEDAR TOXICITY

This was posted on one of the Forums on FB. So for those of you who do not FB, I thought I would post this here.

CRITICAL INFORMATION ON CEDAR TOXICITY TO BIRDS

"A customer of ours had a tragic accident 2 weeks ago that took the lives of their pet birds. (2, a half moon Conure and an Indian Ringneck) They were preparing dinner, they were making salmon and they put it on a cedar board and into the oven. Apparently this is how some people prepare salmon, and this cedar board is available anywhere (We didn't know that.) Anyhow, shortly after placing the board in the oven to bake, the one bird, who was on the husbands shoulder, starting to have respiratory problems and started to wobble and fell right off his shoulder. They had no idea of what was happening, it was very sudden, and they rushed the bird to the vet, but it died on the way there. Upon returning, they found the other bird dead in his cage. In doing some research, the husband found out that cedar is very toxic to birds. We HAD NO CLUE about that! In all our years in birds, we have never heard of such a thing. Now, we did hear that you should not use cedar chips in a birds cage on the bottom, but I didn't realize that was why. If we don't know it, chance are most other people don't either, and we would hate to see this happen to anyone else. This couple is devastated, to say the least. They asked and we offered to post a note of warning about it for other people to read."
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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I didn't know this, very sad. Can we make this a sticky?
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:33 PM   #3
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Heard of a similar experience with folks who used the little cedar blocks on hangars to freshen thier closets !
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My heart goes out to this couple...what a horrible experience.

Thank you for sharing this. It is very important information that many loving bird keepers might not be aware of, and it is good to share!

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Old 05-08-2014, 08:19 PM   #5
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We take most wood for granted thinking it's safe...good to know but how awful for those folks who lost their beloved companions!
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:27 PM   #6
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Terrible news but boy am I ever glad to have read it!! We just put a cedar closet In the basement! Kiwi is nowhere near it but without this knowledge any tragedy could have happened! Thanks for sharing!


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After years of reading all the danger lists, I too was unaware of cedar. So glad you shared this so we can help prevent more tragedies.
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List of safe woods and those known to be toxic.


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Good reminder - thanks!


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Why is it toxic? does it put off something in the air that is bad? or is it if they ingest it directly?
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