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Old 12-02-2016, 07:18 AM
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Default T'is the season! But is it safe? (Christmas tree)

Hi all,

As some of you may or my not be aware, earlier this year we brought Deacon and Rayna in to our home. In the past few hours we have brought a real Christmas tree in tot he house too - A British Normand Fir, certified by the LEAF authority (Linking Environment And Farming - LEAF Website - Home).

After purchasing the tree it suddenly hit me... is this safe for our birds!!!? I can't find anything online that's a definite answer. I know the birds will either love it or hate it and that IF they choose to go near it, watch for sap, electrical wires, metal fixings and sharp bits. But what about the tree itself? Is the tree safe for them?

I must add, the birds live in a different room to the tree. Some nights we bring the birds in to the TV room so they can be with us. This is the room with the tree in it.

Anybody had experience with this?

Thank you!

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Old 12-02-2016, 08:56 AM
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When in doubt about the safety of a given natural tree if a pet bird were to chew the wood/leaves, it's best to simply not risk it and to try to block the access to the tree.
As you know, accidents can happen after the lighting and decorations are in place. Budgies can get tangled in the tinsel or lights for example, not to mention they can try to chew the decorations and become sick in the process.

You will be able to take the required measures once you see your budgies' reaction to the tree. They may even not pay much attention to it.
Still when they have their out of cage time, it's always important to closely supervise them in order to reduce the chances of them getting into trouble.

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Thank you for your advice!

Yeah I'll be watching them closely. Deacon is very inquisitive so will probably head straight for it. Rayna is a lot more cautious but likes to nibble EVERYTHING!

It's a real Fir which is on the safe list for woods for budgies. It's come from an eco friendly store with a supporting certificate from a company that says they only use any pesticides or preservatives 'when they only really have to', so I doubt it has been treated. Even so, the natural odour of the tree shouldn't be a problem should it?

Like I said, usually they are in the connecting room, not the actual room the tree is in.
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The fragrance from the natural fir will not be a problem for your budgies.

The fact that you have them in a separate room most of the time will be helpful and knowing you will be right there to supervise them if they do come into the room with the tree is excellent.

I had no problems having a Christmas tree in the same room where three of my budgies had their out-of-cage time.
They showed no interest in the tree at all and ignored it.

I will admit that as I now have seven budgies in the room where I usually put up a tree, I've opted not to have one this year.
The dynamics of the seven means they like to get into and on everything!
So, with this many budgies to "herd", I'm just not going to take the risk.

Hopefully Deacon and Rayna will ignore the tree and it won't cause any problems for you.

Please do be sure to update us in this thread because now I'll be extremely curious as to how your two react to the tree.
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So, the tree.

They have been in the room with the tree twice now and they really don't seem to be that fussed about it. They do like to give it a good look though!!!
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It's a good thought though. Something we should all be mindful about.

We don't have a real tree and My last budgies didn't come out much so I never really worried about decorations, but I have tried to be careful about things, and I will be watching carefully when they come out next.
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