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Old 04-13-2016, 11:55 AM
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Is it okay to use galvanized wire for toy swings, if the wire is covered by plastic beads? The stainless steel is so expensive but I'd rather be safe than sorry. If I have to use stainless steel, does anyone know where to get it?

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Galvanized metal is only safe when scrubbed down well with undiluted vinegar multiple times to be rid of the toxic coating.

To be safe, I wouldn't use it. I have similar issues when looking for inexpensive bird safe wire and found that aluminum is a great, inexpensive alternative. Pure aluminum is bird safe, but some types of wire are anodized (cured with a zinc coating harmful to birds) so be sure to read the packaging carefully, and if it doesn't say, contact the manufacturer. I had success with Michael's craft store brand aluminum wire that I called the manufacturer and it is 100% pure, unanodized aluminum.
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Greetings and welcome.starling has given you great advice.looking forward to some beautiful budgie photos soon and thanks for joining us.blessings.
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I made a swing for mine from a twig, some string and some food grade plastic pipe. Cost me nothing, as it was all lying about.




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Spangle, that's a great idea! I would be sure the twig is safe if he decides to chew on it, though--and keep an eye on the string as it is dangerous if ingested.
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Thanks for the replies. I think I will to go the aluminum route.
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