: Hi all,
: My daughter has just purchased a Sun Conure (a type of small parrot) and is
: wanting me to make some wooden pieces to put in the cage like ladders,
: perches, etc. I'm all for it, but I don't know if some woods may be toxic
: to parrots, so I just thought I would ask any experts that might be out
: there. This bird is much too expensive to find out later that I shouldn't
: have made a perch out of . . .(fill in the blank).
: I have some Pine, Red Oak, Mahogany, Purpleheart, Poplar, and Jatoba right
: at the moment. I could also get some cypress (from a Leyland cypress that
: used to be in my back yard). I would like to use the red oak since it is a
: hard wood and should be able to withstand some chewing, but I am a little
: wary of that one. Think I might use the poplar. I can buy something else
: if it is known to be safe.
: In the meantime I will keep looking through the Internet to see if I can
: find some info on this. I have seen a lot of info about the care and
: feeding, but nothing about what "toys" should be made out of.
: Thanks in advance for all advice,