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Question Non stick cookware

Hello! I currently do not use ANY non stick cookware in my house as I know it is potential lethal to my flock (I have 1 conure and 2 budgies). I live in a loft, with an open floor space so it is not possible to close off the kitchen. I have heard that some of the newer non stick cookware MIGHT not be lethal to birds. Does anyone have any information of this? I am looking for a frying pan.
I am also interested in a "George Forman" type of grill--does anyone know anything about this? Is it safe to use with birds around?
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The GF grills aren't safe, to my knowledge. I too have heard of new none stick stuff that is safe, but I haven't a clue where I read it
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Hi Daisy, Thanks for answering. I was pretty sure the GF grill was not safe.
Here are some photos of my birds. Jupiter is the conure. He was plucking his feathers for awhile, that is why he had the collar on in one picture. The budgie is Shamrock, who is very attached to Jupiter. They like to sit in this palm tree in my house. They go into their cages to eat, but I keep the cage open during the day so they can fly to their tree. I have another budgie names Bluebell but she is not in photo.
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Hello! I currently do not use ANY non stick cookware in my house as I know it is potential lethal to my flock (I have 1 conure and 2 budgies). I live in a loft, with an open floor space so it is not possible to close off the kitchen. I have heard that some of the newer non stick cookware MIGHT not be lethal to birds. Does anyone have any information of this? I am looking for a frying pan.
I am also interested in a "George Forman" type of grill--does anyone know anything about this? Is it safe to use with birds around?
I just use stainless steel.

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My mother had purchased one of those "green" non-stick frying pans. I can't remember the brand name. My mom doesn't have birds. All I can tell you is that she was not very impressed with the pan's performance.

I use cast iron frying pans myself.


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well seasoned cast iron is as nonstick as teflon, without being toxic.
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We use cast iron and it is nonstick if you season them first.

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i use cast iron mostly. we have one non-stick pan that we rarely use and we haven't had any problems either, though it's obviously not recommendable.


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The problem is not in using the teflon regularly. It is when it is heated above a certain temperature (450 F I think). Then it releases toxic gas that is HIGHLY LETHAL to birds (and I can't imagine is healthy for people). The problem is can you guarantee that you will NEVER overheat it, or that anyone who is in your house and for some unknown reason uses your cookware would never do so either? It's not really a risk I'm willing to take, especially when I don't really have a problem using "regular" pans anyway. That being said, I do have a waffle maker that has non stick coating but it is hard to overheat those because they have automatic regulator...if there was a non-nonstick option, I would use that.

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