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Old 06-15-2018, 12:54 PM
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I know that budgies are sensitive to air quality. And yet, I know people who constantly smoke in their house, burn candles, cook food that fills the house with smoke/steam, etc. yet their budgies thrive. I'm afraid to even light a scented candle! How do these birds not react to their smoky surroundings??

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Ventilation, genetics, luck etc.

We all know that smoking tobacco significantly increases the risk of many diseases, yet there’ll always be someone, whose Grandad smoked 40 a day from the age of 14, and yet he lived well into his 90s!
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We need to err on the side of caution because there could be so many factors as to whether or not our precious animals live or die, as Julia stated above.

I’ve had parrots for many years, and my 23 year old parrot has gone through some ‘less than ideal’ air quality earlier in his life, and is fine. BUT, the fact is, many birds have died because of toxins in the air. We hear it all the time. The reason we (and any website or individual giving responsible bird advice) says strictly no Teflon, candles, smoking, hairspray, etc. in the air, is that it’s far more safe to err on the side of caution, rather than guess that the factors in the bird’s underlying health and hardiness vs the concentrations of toxins in the air are going to cause a bird’s death or not. How can you tell accurately? You can’t.

It’s just a matter of being a responsible animal parent/guardian. Just as most parents of human children take measures to prevent serious accidents, rather than thinking that ‘so and so’s kid did whatever it is and lived...’ we need to have that mind set with our animals in our care as well.

There are also people out there who exercise little to no common sense, so to make it simple to understand for “everyone” to be safe as possible, we just say it black and white with no gray area - NO Teflon, candles, contaminants, etc. Does that make sense?
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Again, we advocate BEST practices on this forum with regard to the care of budgies for their optimal health and well-being.

I would never use scented candles nor allow anyone to smoke in my home!

It's very sad that there are people who smoke, burn candles etc. around their budgies.
Those individuals are definitely putting their birds at a MUCH higher risk for many detrimental health issues, a shorter lifespan or even sudden death.

I'm glad to hear you are acting as a responsible pet owner.
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Budgies can be pretty hardy, so while they may be surviving in bad conditions, I wouldn't say that they are thriving. Some budgies have been known to live for 8 years on an all seed diet with no issues, but this doesn't mean it is a safe or healthy diet. Same goes for toxins in the air. As pet owners it should be our goal to ensure our animals are thriving, not just surviving. It's unfortunate that animals are able to survive poor conditions and care, because it leads people to believe that keeping their pets this way is okay.
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