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Old 06-28-2015, 03:59 PM
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When I had budgies as a kid, I asked my parents to get rid of all nonstick cookware and they were totally okay with it cause they had read bad stuff about it too.

Anyway, today my mom bought me a nonstick pan for my new apartment so I can make my eggs in the morning (they stick so much on the other pans).

However, the label on the pan clearly states "PTFE-free and PFOA free" and it's made of ceramic. So I'm thinking this should be fine to use, right?

Because I've read that PTFE is what's toxic. See this article.

What do you guys think?

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Old 06-28-2015, 04:38 PM
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You are absolutely right that non stick pans can be dangerous to birds when they are overheated or used when they are scratched, they emit a gas that is fatal to birds.

Happily the ceramic pans are totally safe to our feathered friends.

Please don't forget that many oven interiors have the non stick coating as have some electric radiators and even some electric irons have non stick sole plates so care is still needed.

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Thank you! Just wanted to check.

I hadn't realized that about irons and ovens! I'll be sure to get an iron without any nonstick plating. Do you know how to check if an oven interior has non stick coating? I'll be moving into an apartment so I won't be able to replace it. At worst, I can just use my toaster oven instead
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I think you'll find that most ovens have a non stick interior ,if you are not sure then I would suggest researching the ovens model number online, don't forget that most ovens have a thermostat that restricts the temperature in the oven so hopefully as long as the interior isn't damaged the risk of dangerous fumes will be reduced
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Good idea regarding the model number. I will check when I move in. Thank you!
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Wow I didn't know this about the non stick.....every pan I own is non stick ?
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In the "older" days, we used to use teflon pans with birds without incident. That being said, DON'T do it. It is said that it needs to be heated beyond a certain temperature in order to cause toxic gas release (not just normal cooking), and a higher risk when the pan is new. I shouldn't even be mentioning that really... There are too many variables that make cooking with teflon a risk, and enough birds have been reported to die that it is not worth it to try it. Teflon is reported to be unhealthy for humans too, so I think they are phasing them out of production.

Yes, ceramic is great. I love them. Nice and light weight too. I did notice though, the non-stick stops working well as the pans get older.
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Stephen,
I'm glad you are being diligent to ensure there are no dangers to your budgie when you move into your new place.

Pete --
Thanks for the excellent reminder about ovens and irons --
It's easy for people to forget those may pose a danger for budgies as well.

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