Safe and Unsafe Plants

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Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by lovemyfinch » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:34 am

Being as how I know that this question has been asked quite often, I figured that I would post this link.
https://www.islandnet.com/~aacc/all.htm
It is from the AACC, and gives a list of all safe and potentially harmful plants and woods.
I hope that this will be of use to a lot of us, I know that I will be referring to it from hereon out.

I just found another very complete list for birds in general.

http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/ ... birds.html
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Post by L in Ontario » Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:38 am

Very usual link! Thanks Janine - I'll be checking it out regularly.
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Post by sierranomad » Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:33 am

Thanks Janine! That is helpful :)
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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by dfcauley » Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:19 pm

Thanks! But I was surprised to see fig listed as toxic.
I have used branches from my fig trees along with fed
some figs to my finches. Hummm....... :?

I had always heard that fig branches were great to use and
I know for a fact that the birds are constantly eating my
figs outside. :evil:
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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by mickp » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:22 am

It would be interesting to know if these lists are based on actual scientific fact or on the usual urban myths.
my birds have had cherry, ivy's, boxwood, fig and a couple of others from the potentially poisonous list and I havent lost any.
Then there are the birds that live in the other half's shadehouse, sharing it with plants such as rhubarb and elephant ears. again no deaths.
If only someone would come up with a list of safe plants which lists the reasons why they are considered safe or useful. for example seeding grasses.

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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by lovemyfinch » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:19 am

I am assuming Mick that is why they say potentially harmful. I would depend on the individual bird and what part if any, of the plant that they are eating. This list was made mostly for parrot owners (as we know they will chew and eat the plants, whereas our fids don't usually eat them)
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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by lovemyfinch » Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:59 am

I was searching this morning for safe and unsafe oils, this site popped up. Some interesting reading.

http://www.avianweb.com/safewoods.html
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Post by adnan » Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:17 pm

lovemyfinch wrote:I was searching this morning for safe and unsafe oils, this site popped up. Some interesting reading.

http://www.avianweb.com/safewoods.html


That is a good information.

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Post by nelloyello11 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:48 pm

This is good info.
I want to get some house plants to put on and around my finch cages. I know I can use artificials, but would like to get at least one or two live ones. Does anyone have any recommendations for anything zebras like?
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Post by mathewsmom21 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:18 am

Wonderful links Janine!! Thank you for sharing!! :D
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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by Finchtastic » Tue May 17, 2011 6:54 pm

I just added an Evergreen tree to the aviary today, 4ft tall, the birds have been hanging in it all day. The cherry finches especially. They seem to love new additions to play with/on in the aviary.
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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by JohnBoy » Thu May 19, 2011 12:19 pm

mickp wrote:It would be interesting to know if these lists are based on actual scientific fact or on the usual urban myths.
my birds have had cherry, ivy's, boxwood, fig and a couple of others from the potentially poisonous list and I havent lost any.
Then there are the birds that live in the other half's shadehouse, sharing it with plants such as rhubarb and elephant ears. again no deaths.
If only someone would come up with a list of safe plants which lists the reasons why they are considered safe or useful. for example seeding grasses.

time to get of the soap box and keep reading more posts :?


I agree, there are lots of plants on that list said to be toxic that I have used for years with no problems what so ever.
I believe through instinct birds know what to eat and what not to eat.
I also have noticed that some lists say schefflera is toxic and others say it's safe. Go figure!
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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by Ursula » Thu May 19, 2011 2:03 pm

JohnBoy wrote:
mickp wrote:It would be interesting to know if these lists are based on actual scientific fact or on the usual urban myths.
my birds have had cherry, ivy's, boxwood, fig and a couple of others from the potentially poisonous list and I havent lost any.
Then there are the birds that live in the other half's shadehouse, sharing it with plants such as rhubarb and elephant ears. again no deaths.
If only someone would come up with a list of safe plants which lists the reasons why they are considered safe or useful. for example seeding grasses.

time to get of the soap box and keep reading more posts :?


I agree, there are lots of plants on that list said to be toxic that I have used for years with no problems what so ever.
I believe through instinct birds know what to eat and what not to eat.
I also have noticed that some lists say schefflera is toxic and others say it's safe. Go figure!

I think these lists are made mostly for parrot owners. Parrots would chew on anything! I have to watch what I put in the aviary because of my budgies. I've never seen the finches chew on any plants. The only finches interested in the palms that I have in there are the lavender waxbills, they actually take strips of leaves that they pull off and then fly around with. (Never built a nest though... :? )
Walk-in aviary with Waxbills (6 Cordon Bleu, 3 Orange Cheek, 3 Black-rumped, 1 Lavender, ), 1 European Goldfinch, 4 Gouldians, 2 Spice Finches, 6 Owl Finches, 4 Budgies and 2 male Button Quail.
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Post by Danyl » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:36 am

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Re: Safe and Unsafe Plants

Post by Leel » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:05 am

Oooh lots of handy links! Thanks for posting them.
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