Household Toxins for Birds+How to Avoid them?

Household Toxins This list is not to be considered all-inclusive. This information has been compiled from various sources and is provided as a service. We assume no liabilities, implied or otherwise. This is not medical advice. Check with avian experts for accuracy and applicability to your particular situation.

Heavy Metals

Some metals such as lead and zinc are extremely toxic. Signs of heavy metal poisoning often include seizures and falling from perches. Suspected heavy metal poisoning should be immediately reported to your avian vet.

  1. Cadmium – in batteries and paints.
  2. Lead – in batteries, floor tile, galvanized wire, hardware cloth, insulation (of equipment), lead weights, linoleum, mirrors (silvering in back, paints and paint removers, stained glass, wires, and cables (electrical), wrapping foil (bottles, packages).
  3. Mercury – in thermometers and levels.
  4. Zinc – in brass, chrome, and paints even if it is lead-free,
  5. galvanized wire often used for aviaries nuts, nails, and bolts.

Dangerous Substances for Birds

There are many common items in your home that could prove deadly to your bird.

Treat birds as curious toddlers and keep anything that is potentially dangerous locked up and out of reach.

If you suspect your bird has ingested any of these substances contact an avian veterinarian immediately.

Dangerous Foods for Birds

These are foods that should not be fed to birds. Not all will necessarily kill your bird. Some are known to be deadly, and others are toxic in high doses. In any event, it’s just best to steer clear of these.

  • Ammonia
  • Antifreeze
  • Ant Paste
  • Asbestos
  • Auto products
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Boric acid
  • Camphophenique
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Charcoal Fluids
  • Corn & wart removers
  • Deodorants
  • Detergents
  • Diazinon
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Felt tip markers
  • Flea Products
  • Floor Polish
  • Formaldehyde
  • Gasoline
  • Glues (epoxy, models, super)
  • Gun Cleaners
  • Hair dyes & sprays
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Iodine
  • Kerosene
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Lye
  • Matches
  • Metal cleaners & polishes
  • Moth Balls
  • Muriatic acid
  • Nail polish & remover
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint, thinners, removers
  • Permanents & hair dyes
  • Pesticides
  • Photography solutions
  • Polishes (floor, furniture, shoe)
  • Shaving Lotion
  • Shellac & varnishes
  • Solvents & spot removers
  • Spray starch
  • Suntan oils & lotions
  • Teflon fumes
  • Wax
  • Window cleaners
  • Wood preservatives
  • Rubbing Alcohol and IPA are Harmful for Birds