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Re: Plucking or ???

Posted by JKCASWELL on 1/12/08
(9) Comments

    On 1/12/08, karen wrote:
    >>>> Jenn
    >>> I should also add, I switched from newspaper to Corn Cob
    >>> bedding about 2 weeks ago. She can not reach it, so I know
    >>> she is not ingesting any of it, or coming in contact with
    >> it,
    >>> but she is curious about it.
    >>> Jenn
    > Please get rid of that corn cob!!
    > Go back to using news paper
    > A layer of paper can be removed in seconds and no dry poop dust
    > The corn cob is a wonderland of mold and bacteria!!
    > If the bird gets some in her crop it will puff up like a sponge
    > and not pass. -Dead bird-
    > Corn cob is some Bad stuff and should not be used around birds
    > I have been to the places this stuff is processed
    > -rats,mice,mold,bugs,nasty- & remember mouse poop dust has
    > hookworms that can get into your bird FROM THE DUST!!
    > Just place severial layers of paper in the bottom of the cage &
    > remove a layer 1 or 2x a day.

    Thanks for responding so quickly. What you both have said, makes
    perfect sense. The bag states it has been multi cleaned and
    sanitized, but that can easily be misrepresented. I clean out any
    messy stuff everyday, using a kitty litter scoop, especially under
    her water bowl, as she loves to throw out 90% of her water. That
    was what my decision to try the corn cob. It soaked thru the
    newspaper, and was rusting the tray. I think I will try putting a
    large cookie sheet on that part where it is always wet, and going
    back to newspaper. I have not noticed any dust or mold in the
    bedding, but I am not as sensitive as my birds are.

    I am hoping that her missing feathers are a result of her trying to
    grab the corn cob, and that I haven't started a bad habit. I
    suppose if that is the case, I can somehow, get the grate
    improvised, so she can not get her leg thru.

    Thanks again