Written by birdygirl
With Christmas just around the corner, people are getting into the holiday spirit, putting up wreaths, trees, and mistletoes. After decorating, people begin to worry. However, bird owners have more to worry about than getting the star on top of the tree; they also need to worry about the plants they bring into the house. Birds, being the curious creatures they are, seem to have an uncontrollable desire to investigate everything in the house -- including plants -- with their beaks. This is a danger at Christmas, when most plants in the house are poisonous.
Often, at Christmas, it seems like the entire house is full of colorful plants. These plants are often poisonous. This is a big danger when the bird is allowed to roam freely around the house; these brightly-colored plants may interest your bird. Your beloved pet, investigating its surroundings, could begin to chew the plant and be poisoned as a result of this.
Many common plants at Christmas are poisonous. The large reddish pink poinsettia is a danger to your bird. The leaves, roots, and immature plants should not be eaten. Mistletoes and hollies both have poisonous berries. The pine tree has poisonous needles. Your pet bird should not have access to any of these plants.
There are a few ways you could deal with these potential dangers in your home. First, you could buy only artificial plants. These are relatively inexpensive and, although it is not recommended, will not cause your pet harm if they chew on them. Second, you could simply not have the plants listed as poisoneous at all. However, it seems difficult to imagine a Christmas without a Christmas tree or poinsettias, so the most practical decision would be simply not allowing your bird access to the room which has the plants. By choosing one of those solutions, you are lessening a potential danger.
Christmas is not the only time when there are plants that are potentially harmful to your bird. There are many common poisonous plants; among them are azaleas, buttercups, crocus, daffodils, and many others. However, it is very possible this list and others you may find are not complete, so do not feed your pet bird any plants that you do not know for sure are safe. If you have any doubts, do not give the plant to your bird.
No matter how cautious you are, accidents can happen. There is always the chance that your bird may nibble, chew, or eat a plant that it shouldn't. If this happens, contact your avian veterinarian. The animal poison control center can also help. These two places can help save your bird's life.
List of Most Poisonous Plants
American Yew Apple (Seeds)
Apricot (Pits and Bark)
Bird of Paradise
Cherry (Leaves, twigs, seeds, pits)
Crown of Thorns
English Yew False
Lily of the Valley
Mango Tree - wood, leaves, rind - (fruit safe)
OOak (Foliage, acorns)
PPeach (Leaves, twigs, seeds)
Pine (Needles, twigs, sap)
Potato (eyes, new shoots)
Sweet Pea - seeds
Tomato All green parts
VVirginia Bower Coral
Accidents can happen all the time -- the key is to prevent them.
Source: cockatiel.com; used with permission.