Common Household Poisons
(Acids, Alkalis, or Petroleum Products)
bullet Acetone
bullet Ammonia
bullet Antifreeze
bullet Ant syrup or paste
bullet Arsenic
bullet Baseboard heaters
bullet Bathroom bowl cleaner
bullet Bleach
bullet Boric acid
bullet Camphophenique
bullet Carbon tetrachloride
bullet Charcoal tablets
bullet Copper and brass cleaners
bullet Corn and wart remover
bullet Crayons
bullet Deodorants
bullet Detergents
bullet Disinfectants
bullet Drain cleaners
bullet Epoxy glue
bullet Fabric softeners
bullet Febreeze
bullet Floor polish
bullet Garbage toxins
bullet Garden sprays
bullet Gasoline
bullet Gun cleaner
bullet Gunpowder
bullet Hair dyes
bullet Herbicides
bullet Hexachlorophene (in some soaps)
bullet Indelible markers
bullet Insecticides
bullet Iodine
bullet Kerosene
bullet Lighter fluid
bullet Linoleum (contains lead salts)
bullet Lye
bullet Matches

bullet Model glue
bullet Mothballs
bullet Muriatic acid
bullet Mushrooms (some varieties)
bullet Nail Polish
bullet Nail polish remover
bullet Oven cleaner
bullet Paint
bullet Paint remover
bullet Paint thinner
bullet Perfune
bullet Permanent markers
bullet Permanent wave solutions
bullet Pesticides
bullet Photographic solutions
bullet Pine oil
bullet Plants
bullet Prescription & non-prescription drugs
bullet Red squill

bullet Rodenticides
bullet rubbing alcohol
bullet Shaving lotion
bullet Shoe polish
bullet Silver polish
bullet Snail bait
bullet Spot remover
bullet Spray starch
bullet Srychnine
bullet Sulphuric acid
bullet Suntan lotion
bullet Super glue
bullet Teflon
bullet Toilet bowl cleaner
bullet Turpentine
bullet Wax (floor or furniture)
bullet Weed killers
bullet Window cleaners
bullet Wood preservative

Source: Adapted from Gary Gallerstein, Bird Owner’s Home Health and Care Handbook (New York: Howell Book House, 1984); Sheldon Gerstenfeld, The Bird Care Book (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1981); and Margaret L. Petrak, ed., Diseases of Cage and Aviary Birds, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Lea and Febiger, 1982
Ceramic bowls also contain lead and are dangerous for your birds unless they are marked made in the USA and of good quality. Plastic bowls may have bacteria in them and also shouldn’t be used. Stainless steel is best!

Here is another listing of household hazards:

Metal Toxicity
Zinc Lead Copper Tin Brass
chrome contains zinc Lead paint copper piping galvanized contains both zinc and copper
Galvanized cage wire Lead fishing weights copper containers with acidic foods treated with antirust paints.
clips Curtain weights
staples Lead frames
Keys Stained glass
Bird toy snaps Tiffany Lamps
Zippers Foil
plumbing nuts Lead solder
quick links Old pewter
antirust paints Lead batteries
hardware cloth weighted ashtrays
padlocks weighted toys
Shampoos some ceramic bowls
Skin preparations Charms, earrings, jewelry, cheap toys, etc.
Paints in some plastics

Bird Toys
Stainless steel is safe. If it rusts it is not stainless unless it is coated with something. Most common coatings are zinc, nickel or chrome.

Aluminum is also safe, but may be to soft for a large bird.

How to tell: Aluminum and stainless steel will not stick to a magnet. Most manufacturers will tell you on the label if it is stainless steel because it is much more expensive.

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