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Cleaning and preparing wood so that it is safe for parrots?

Not sure this is the correct place to post this but it does have to do with parrot safety.
I make chewsticks, coins and perches for parrots and chinchillas, and put a lot of work into making sure it is as safe and healthy as possible for your pets. This involves scrubbing, boiling and dehydrating until it is bone dry and all bacteria, microorganisms, and insects are dead and gone. Yesterday I was in a parrot store where they had a manzanita stand that was of course far to large to ever fit into a stove, let alone a pot on top of it. It got me to wondering what was done to these huge pieces of wood to make them safe for the birds that use them?

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i don't know about that particular wood, but i do know you can wash and scrub wood in a vinegar\water mix and leave it to sun dry. that's the only way i know of for things that don't fit in a stove

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As the bark of some trees at least are beneficial to a birds health, including feather condition I like to leave this on any branches I give to the birds.
The main thing one needs to look out for is birds droppings, urban pollution, chemicals and rotting woods with molds on them.
And as long as they are safe woods all they need is a good wash and dry. In the sun is good.
I give my birds fresh wood branches and tops all the time. No scrubbing, washing. All plain old natural as God intended.
Bottle Brush, Manuka, Kanuka, Paperbark Gum, Coppersheen, Banksia, Pohutakawa, Eucalyptus, to name a few ones we have local.
For making toys and things then I would just make sure they are made from dry woods. Dry Pine is fine. But this does need to be dry and have no sap coming out of any knots in it
Hot soapy water to wash anything you are worried about should do the trick.


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I use the steam cleaner when I clean Joes tree or Tillys play Gym, works beautiful and kills the germs. Hope this helps

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Steam cleaning them would be a good idea, I use mine for everything. It's been a really big help, especially with the lory poop. All my branches in my aviaries are natural with the bark still on too
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It is interesting the different used for different animals who are both very sensitive. In the chinchilla world all woods need to be scrubbed totally clean and boiled or baked to remove and kill all dirt and diseases etc. When preparing wood, most of my time is spent leaning over the tub scrubbing and later boiling the woods so that I can provide the safest woods possible.

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