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Artificial plants in cage? #347851 01/20/09 02:18 PM
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Can I correctly presume this is a bad thing due to the chewing and any possible toxins in the plants or their dye?

Anyone have any ideas?

I'm really attracted to the idea of putting in a leafy branch on one side of the big family cage but won't if there aren't any safe ways to do it.

Re: Artificial plants in cage? [Re: PartlyCloudy] #347854 01/20/09 02:22 PM
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how crafty are you - you can die coffee filters with food coloring make little flowers and put it on your branches. Of course your guy will work on shred it. There are instructions in a thread someplace - I could find it if you are interested.

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I wouldn't dare use artificial plants either. I was going to suggest the same thing BLR did. Making paper leaves and flowers. I know mine loves to shred the paper things I make for him.
I wish artificial plants were ok tho, I'd LOVE to get a big artificial tree for him to hang out in when he's out. That would be so cool.
You can use natural tree branches from outside if you clean them first.Certain kinds of trees of course.Then you can add paper leaves/flowers, and maybe hang toys off the branches




Re: Artificial plants in cage? [Re: kksuns] #347862 01/20/09 02:51 PM
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Another thing you can do, at the right time of the year, is to get some apple tree branches. You will need to put them in the oven at 250ยบ for 20-30 min. (my vet's instructions). You can leave the leaves on them when you do this-they will end up dehydrated and your budgie will love chewing on them. If you do this be sure to get ones that have not been sprayed and are not near a road way (absorbing carbon monoxide from vehicle exhaust)

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I didn't know you could leave the leaves on them! Cool! smile




Re: Artificial plants in cage? [Re: kksuns] #347893 01/20/09 05:12 PM
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Yep, I always do! Just one word of warning though, if the leaves hit the bottom or side of the oven and burn, they smell um....like pot! And I found this out when I cooked them only an hour before day care parents were coming to pick up their kids. Luckily, they know me well enough to believe me.

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LOLS pothead! What timing huh?
Is there any way to do large branches-I mean like small tree size(5ft or so)? I'd love to get a big branch or even a small tree and put it in a Christmas tree stand here in the house...
and does extreme cold-25 below-kill bugs and bacteria etc? Or would the nasty little critters just be burrowed into the branch? hmmmm




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i do the dyed coffee filters and they love it smile I also use grass that they can eat...they love it


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I used to put fake plants in my finches cage, it looked beautiful. But finches arent chewers, at least my lavenders werent. I wouldnt dare try it with a budgie though, they are known for being happily destructive and curious. The dyes and such may hurt them, cuz the will definately chew them.


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Shucks, just as I thought.

The pot smell story is hilarious!

I plan on making shredder toys and putting in a safe, large branch so will attach them. That'll have to do.

Someone needs to invent safe, chewable, realistic, leafed-out branches for us!

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