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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.
A tribute to my lost ones. RIP.