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Sandra March 13, 2023

Safe Metals for Parrots: Choosing the Right Materials for your Bird

Have you ever wondered which metals are safe to use around your feathered friends? Unfortunately, it can be tricky to figure out, especially since many metals are alloys - combinations of different metals that can make them stronger or more corrosion-resistant.

Take chrome, for example. It's an alloy that can be safe for birds to use, but it can also contain zinc, which can be harmful. Since it's hard to know whether or not a particular piece of chrome contains zinc, it's best to err on the side of caution and avoid using it with your birds.

On the other hand, stainless steel is a great choice! Even though it contains about 11% chromium, the levels are low enough to be safe for birds. In addition, stainless steel is a tough and durable material that is easy to clean.

Nickel-plated metals, like steel and iron, are also safe to use with parrots. However, it's important to note that steel and iron can rust when exposed to water, so they might not be the best choice for long-term use in a parrot's environment.

Aluminum is a good option if you're looking for a metal that won't rust. However, it can erode into a powdery substance called aluminum oxide, which is non-toxic and safe for birds.

Finally, it's important to avoid using galvanized metals, as these are coated with a thin layer of zinc to make them more weather-resistant. 

If you ever doubt whether a particular metal is safe for your bird, it's always better to avoid it than to have a devasting situation.