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Foods At Home That Are Poisonous For Your Birds

by Lynn Ganster, PA 09/09/2019

Having a bird in your home is almost similar to having a toddler around – they love to check new things out by putting them in their mouths. Birds are also very social creatures that seem to enjoy sharing meal times with their companions, wither other birds or human owners. And while you may not necessarily have what you consider to be poisonous around you, some common foods that are safe for you may be toxic for your winged pets.

  1. Apple Seeds - Seeds from apples, cherries, peaches, and pears contain elements of cyanide in them which may be harmful to the human digestive system but are very toxic for birds. This residue is in addition to any pesticides that may be present on the fruit's skin. Always make sure you wash any fruits you want to feed them with while keeping them away from the seeds.
  2. Alcohol - No responsible bird owner would ever attempt to give their birds alcohol. However, birds have been known to take a sip from unattended alcohol drinks. Alcohol intake is fatal for birds as it can cause a loss of functions in their organs.
  3. Chocolate - Chocolate causes vomiting and diarrhea in birds, as it reacts terribly with their digestive system, leading to seizures of the central nervous system that may often result in death. Always make sure to keep your birds in their cages when opened chocolate bars are available in your home.
  4. Avocado - The leaves of avocados contain a fatty substance that is very toxic for birds, and when ingested in significant measures, causes heart failure and respiratory damage. However, it is not entirely possible to know what amount is safe enough for consumption and so makes sense that avocados and foods that contain avocados be off-limits for your birds.
  5. Salt - Salt should be kept far from the reach of your birds as much as possible because it can significantly upset the electrolytes balance in their system and lead to dehydration, excessive thirst, kidney damage and ultimately death. Always avoid feeding your birds chips or pretzels that contain salt and opt for unsalted foods instead.
  6. Onions and Garlic - While these vegetables may be healthy for humans like you, they are toxic for many animals including birds. Onions and garlic contain deadly compounds that can cause inflammations of the lining of the mouth and esophagus of a bird causing ulcers.

If it's possible your bird may have ingested a substance that may be poisonous for them, then you should seek out a vet as soon as possible.

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Lynn Ganster, PA

My career in real estate began when I was 18 and my soon to be husband and I were searching for our first home.  I loved the idea that I could be part of someones life experience but I had a life to live before acting on that idea!  I pursued a real estate career in 2004 and it’s been a passion for as long as I can remember.

I can tell you I have strong negotiating skills, local market knowledge and of course, I do, but the thing that is the most important tool I can provide you in your home sale or purchase is my passion.  I got into the industry because I fell in love with it.  I fell in love with homes, the character each one had, and the beautiful people I got to help transition from one to another.  I fell in love with hearing people’s stories, really getting to know their needs for their futures, and focusing on ensuring that you found a home that actually met those future goals.

My business goes beyond professionalism, years of knowledge about our local markets and communities and past the number of sales I’ve made. Instead, it prioritizes YOU.  How much can you afford? What motivates YOUR move?  What do you need to make this big transition in your life?

You need a real estate agent who understands that and seeks to know the answers to those questions and all of the other important ones that make buying and selling a reality for you.

Let’s grab coffee or lunch and we’ll talk about your real estate goals.  I’ll get to know your needs, I’ll share the amazing experience I can provide, and we’ll make sure your next move is in the right direction.

It takes more than a computer to find your dream home.  You need a professional partner with your best interest at heart from the moment you call til after closing. I’m doing more than just selling houses in Florida, I’m helping you bring your dreams to life.  ~Lynn