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Old 07-23-2009, 11:14 PM
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Question Craft sticks colored with food dye...

I am wondering if the wooden craft stick (or Popsicle sticks) dyed with food coloring would be OK to make a budgie toy? I have dyed some sticks and rinsed them several times until the water is clear but I'm thinking that if they chew on them they could still stain their beaks. Other than the stain, will they hurt my babies?

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I think it would be safe-- after looking around at other sites-- but I would wait until a more experienced member says okay. I am still learning.
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Other than the staining issues, it would be ok. And if the sticks get wet, they will bleed and cause even more staining. Although colored things are cuter, it may be easier just to not have to worry about the staining. It can stain feathers, feet and such, and will come off eventually.
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i see them in a few home made toys, i'd male sure none snapped off though as they can get quite splintery
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I prefer natural toys without the color. I don't trust anything even when it says "safe". Artificial colors and lead are often found in dyes. I buy some chew sticks that are dyed, but I use a carrot peeler to strip away the color and only give my budgie the wood colored stuff.
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Thank you everyone for the replies and helpful information.
I did make the toy today and it came out quite cute. I've already hung it in their cage and even blogged about it on my craft blog. So far, they have only looked at the toy and not chewed or played with it. I think I will make the same thing with the natural craft sticks and hang it instead of the colored one. I appreciate all the helpful information I am getting here at Talk Budgies!
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