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Drift wood?

So I'm back from camping whoot!

I'll be getting ice back tonight, so I'll post again soon but I was wondering if drift wood is safe?

I got it at slave lake, it's a fresh water lake not salted. the tree has not touched water in a long time it looks like, and is completely dry.

If I soaked it in a bleach solution for a day or so then baked it for about 2 hours, do you guys think it would be ok?
Or should I just forget about it.

The branches are perfect, they look like grape wood perches, but im almost positive they are aspen.

I just want everything to be safe!!

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Hmm thats a hard one. Myself i h
Never use a branch unless im a 100 percent positive what kind of tree it is

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As long as it is a bird-safe wood then disinfecting it and baking it will make it safe to use. But, if you are unsure of the wood-type, then I can't recommend using it in case your bird ingests the wood when you put it in the cage.

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All of the trees in the area are safe according to the web, do I'm going to bake them and soak em but they will only be going on the outside, where I can supervise.

Ice has never chewed any of her perches, but I will always watch her just in case!!

Here are the pieces!ImageUploadedByTapatalk1341798596.486619.jpg

I'm going to cut off alot on the larger one. And scrape off all the bark just in case!


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I think there may be another thread about driftwood but be careful. I'm sure it will be fine but I know nothing of them haha

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I think it is safe as long as its not a conifereous tree. It's obviously not by looking at the pic, but I'd be weary about the one side that looks rotted. I suppose you have a better view to judge that though. Other wise just keep bleaching and baking in the oven!


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im to nervous to use it, its in the trash


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im to nervous to use it, its in the trash

Drift wood even from a lake could of come down a river that feeds the lake. So could be from another area.
Sun bleached is fine. Nothing wrong there. But if it had been submerged for any length of time before being washed up then it could well be bug ridden.

I am glad you have decided not to use it. back to that old saying "If in doubt leave it out"

I am sure you will find something else to use.
Keep an eye out for any arborist working in the area, they will always let you have a branch or two and they will know what the tree is it coming from.


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Ya I couldn't take the chance..

I should have went and talked to my next door neighbors. They were cutting down their giant poplar tree :/

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I know this response is to late...lol however I am going to put in my 2 cents worth. I used to keep tropical fish, driftwood is very desirable as a decoration in a tropical freshwater tank. HOWEVER driftwood from unknown sources is not a good thing to use in your tank as it may of been in dirty polluted waters and these contaminants can leach out of the driftwood and poison your fish. I would think the same would be true for birds... If there are contaminants soaked into the wood and the bird chews on it then I would think they could also ingest the contaminants. I would not take the chance with my fish and for sure would not with my birds... Glad you didn't use it... If you can get some driftwood that you know is bird safe wood from clean uncontaminated water then it would make a great perch!
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Haha thank you
Ya the lake I got it from.. I don't know if any chemicals occasionally leak in the lake.. Better not to take the chance !!


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