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My grey vs My ficus

My 6 yo timneh is obsessed with my ficus plant. She spends her day plotting how to get to it. It isn't dangerous to her but I don't want her on it. Is there some plant y'all give your parrots to tear up and eat?

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pickleboot
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
actually, you really don't want your grey going after your ficus. iirc, they can cause some stomach upset and are on the list of poisonous plants passed out by most humane societies.

the aucuba plant is ok- it is used in chinese medicine to treat certain aliments, but i would ask at you vet to be sure. part of the problem with buying plants at a green house is the vermiculite that is used in most commercial greenhouses- it can be poisonous if ingested. that and many placed use a spray on the plants to shine them up and use tons of pesticides. all of my house plants have been repotted in organic soil, hosed down and kept outside for at least one season and had the soil baked to remove any toxins just incase the birds get into it. it really is best to check with both the vet and a local organic greenhouse before bringing in a pant a bird can get into.
glaukopis
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! Ficus isn't good. I don't know which lists I've been reading.
tngr_spacecadet
Jan. 9th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
I do not let my grey near any plants at all! He has a playstand though with a branch to climb on, and wooden toys to gnaw. If you have access to fruit trees eg guava, you could cut off a branch and let her play with that.

The shredding instinct can be satisfied in other ways, like dried corn on the cob, it makes an amazing mess! My grey loves cardboard boxes, he spends hours quietly destroying them.
princessfuzzbal
Jan. 9th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Spoil to distract!
Ditto on the card board boxes. I would suggest staying away from plants all together... unless you buy the bird grass, but I'm worried about even that... Brown paper bags cut into strips and woven through the cage bars, and news paper the same way are great shredding toys. I have a PVC pipe with holes drilled into it where I stuff small scraps of wood, a few nuts, and random "chewies" for my grey's entertainment (chewies can be small scraps of birdy safe leather, shredders (woven palm leaves), sisal rope pieces that he broke off his toy, crumpled paper, ect.). I also have a small plastic ring on a chain that holds a big pile of rolled up newspaper for him to shred, he likes to slam it against the side of his cage, but what can you do..... Everywhere in his "house" there are tons of things for him to destroy, and I'll happily replace it because it keeps him from over preening!
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