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    Question bedding

    I recently got a cage for a really good price at petco but it came with this..walnut shell bedding/litter stuff. I was thinking of using it but wanted to make sure it was okay first.


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    I found this quote on "http://www.parrotparrot.com/birdhealth/alerts.htm"

    Bedding and Cage Litter
    Do not use walnut shell litter or corn cob litter for the bottom of your birds' cages. If they ingest these materials they can die. There have been reports of sudden deaths among macaws, amazons, and other parrots, including a baby senegal. In the case of the baby senegal, the owner thought the parents could not reach the bedding through the grating on the bottom of the cage. They must have been able to reach it and fed the walnut shells to the baby. In documented cases, necropsy showed bleeding in the bowel and accumulation of the bedding in the gizzard. Also, do not use cedar bedding. It is hazardous to birds. Pine bedding shows the fewest problems, but make absolutely sure your bird is not eating it. Carefresh supposedly is okay if ingested, but has to be changed regularly even if it appears dry as it can harbor bacteria.
    Last edited by scooziee11; 08-10-2008 at 12:19 PM. Reason: New info

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    Re: bedding

    I would just use plain and simple newspaper and or paper towel.

    Corn cob bedding, walnut shell etc... all house nasties in them and it's not healthy for your bird

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    Re: bedding

    I use critter care recycled paper bedding in Ulii's current cage, but as soon as she gets her new cage I am going to use cage liners

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    Re: bedding

    There is a grate over Diva's cage bottom so I just use newspaper That bedding stuff would be ok if there was a grate over yours too

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    Re: bedding

    Ah! I have the corn cob litter under the grate of my birds cage. =/ Now I'm worried about it. I will probably start using recicled paper. The problem I have with newspaper is that it has to be changed daily or every other day.








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    Re: bedding

    quote from angelfire:
    Bedding and Cage Litter
    Do not use walnut shell litter or corn cob litter for the bottom of your birds' cages. If they ingest these materials they can die. There have been reports of sudden deaths among macaws, amazons, and other parrots, including a baby senegal. In the case of the baby senegal, the owner thought the parents could not reach the bedding through the grating on the bottom of the cage. They must have been able to reach it and fed the walnut shells to the baby. In documented cases, necropsy showed bleeding in the bowel and accumulation of the bedding in the gizzard. Also, do not use cedar bedding. It is hazardous to birds. Pine bedding shows the fewest problems, but make absolutely sure your bird is not eating it. Carefresh supposedly is okay if ingested, but has to be changed regularly even if it appears dry as it can harbor bacteria.
    quote from parrotchronicles
    Never use commercially sold cage bottom materials such as walnut shavings, corn cob shavings, or pellets. They make it impossible to monitor droppings - and they can harbor mold and bacteria that can make your bird sick, no matter what the manufacturers claim.
    quote from ecomplanet
    In addition to metal, swallowed wood, leather, rubber, plastic, synthetic fiber or cloth, excessive grit, and some cage sub-strata like corn cob and ground walnut can cause serious impaction problems even if they are not toxic.
    hope this helps!


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    Re: bedding

    I don't understand why people feel the need to buy bedding - what's wrong with good old newspaper? It's free/cheap, lasts longer, and can be cleaned MUCH easier and faster. Any other types of bedding are a waste of money IMO.

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    Re: bedding

    Quote Originally Posted by patty View Post
    Ah! I have the corn cob litter under the grate of my birds cage. =/ Now I'm worried about it. I will probably start using recicled paper. The problem I have with newspaper is that it has to be changed daily or every other day.
    Why would newspaper need to be changed more often then recycled paper? It's so easy to change anyways, just put down 10 sheets, and lift one off every day or three days or whatever.

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    Re: bedding

    I change ALL of Kirby and Skittles' newspaper every 4th day or so, but like LC remove the poopy layer every day.

    I know if you have an open bottomed or grate covered cage, paper towel or newspaper as lining is just easier, cheaper and all around healthier.

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    Re: bedding

    I actually only change the papers one or twice a week, my birds really don't poop enough to need it cleaned more often.

    I change all the papers anytime Cricket takes a bath though, which happens at least once a week, usually more.

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    Re: bedding

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Cricket View Post
    I actually only change the papers one or twice a week, my birds really don't poop enough to need it cleaned more often.
    I don't change the paper every day. I try to do it every 2-3 days; I do pick out the fresh food that he dumps each morning to be on the safe side
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    Re: bedding

    i hate the seeds/pellet going through the sides of the newspapper. even when layered. and holly and the finches spill water daily so i have to clean it daily or it smells.

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