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Hello,
So I was browsing bird toy and toy parts and came across Sola Softie Sticks w/Bark. I looked at the list of safe and non-safe woods and cant find anything that is Sola, but I did see SOLANUM - Jerusalem cherry or pepino on the not safe list here. The similarity in the names is what has me wondering. Anyone heard of this before? Apparently its softer then Yucca and balsa...
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Edit to add thought: I assume it is safe I just have never heard of it before.


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Are you able to search for the wood on a browser and see if it has another name it goes by?
If that doesn't help, try and contact the company that makes it and enquire about it.
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This comes from the "tapicoa plant" known as cassava, (Manihot esculenta).

Cassava - Top 10 Most Dangerous Foods - TIME

As I am unable to locate it on any safe woods list for budgies and it contains cyanide -- I would definitely NOT recommend using it.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/...n-rural-africa

https://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/cassava.htm



Balsa Wood
Ochroma is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae, containing the sole species Ochroma pyramidale,[1] commonly known as the balsa tree. It is a large, fast-growing tree that can grow up to 30 m (98 ft) tall. Balsa wood is a very lightweight material with many uses. Balsa trees are native to southern Brazil and northern Bolivia, up to southern Mexico.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassava

I goggled the scientific name and found this...granted its Wikipedia so take is as you may.
From what I gathered its the roots that need to be properly handled to prevent cyanide from being an issue.

"Cassava roots, peels and leaves should not be consumed raw because they contain two cyanogenic glucosides, linamarin and lotaustralin."

nothing about the stems per say but I haven't dug to deep into things yet. What I did read I think was with the roots cooking removes the components that turn into cyanide. So in theory if the wood bits were dangerous boiling them would fix the problem...Im just confused now.
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There are enough different kinds of woods we know for certain that are safe that I personally simply wouldn't risk one I wasn't 100% sure of.

If you find additional information on the wood, I'll be interested to know. Good luck!
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I agree that budgie toys/perches aren't so hard to come by that you can't find an item that would be from 100% safe wood.
I'm sure you can find a safe item like it with the right amount of searching. it's just not worth the risk, though as a side project, it would be interesting to know your research.
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I agree! I have two types of wood (balsa and yucca) that are on the ok list that they love and that's what I will stick with.
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