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teflon and birds

raingirl
April 28th, 2005, 12:52 PM
I'm sure most of you probably already know this, but just in case someone doesn't, it's worth posting.

Teflon fumes are toxic to birds.

http://www.theaviary.com/teflon.shtml

We had a bird and he lived in the kitchen. He died of a liver tumor. The vet was the one that told us about the fumes after he died, as we didn't even know.

What reminded me of this was the waffle thread by prin, when they were talking about pans.

I don't buy anything with teflon or non-stick anymore because of it....

Trinitie
April 28th, 2005, 12:57 PM
Oh heavens, I didn't know about Teflon. Thanks for telling us. Did you also know that perfumed candles/air freshners/incense are also bad for birds?

Cactus Flower
April 28th, 2005, 01:25 PM
I did not know ANY of this! Thanks, you two! I will be passing this along to the bird parents I know.

Cactus Flower
April 28th, 2005, 01:29 PM
:eek: It says it can make people sick, too! :eek:

In 1951 the first case of human suffering from tetrafluoroethylene problems was reported. It produces flu like symptoms in humans. The tetrafluoroethylene lingers long after the product has been removed. It can remain in carpeting and draperies for some time.

raingirl
April 28th, 2005, 01:56 PM
I know. It's so bad. I try and not buy things with it in in. I have a lot of old pans from my grandmother that are heavy and work great! No need for non-stick if you know how to cook right.

coppperbelle
April 28th, 2005, 06:42 PM
Not only teflon but Febreeze is bad for birds also. It can kill them.

kayla
April 28th, 2005, 06:47 PM
I just studied the whole teflon thing in chem (to think I actually got something out of that class). It's only bad if you leave the pan on the stove for a long time w/out anything in it and it begins to smoke. The smoke is bad for most animals, including humans. Otherwise teflon is pretty harmless though, just don't let it smoke!

raingirl
April 28th, 2005, 07:49 PM
Febreeze has a lot of zinc in it, which is why it is toxic. But so is bread to birds, as it has too much aluminum additives.

Safyre
April 28th, 2005, 09:31 PM
On the topic of Febreeze ... most cleaning products are hazardous to use around birds.
well ventilated area required when cleaning around them
My finches are in a cage right beside my comp ... Tab and Gable :)