Avian veterinarians have known for decades that Teflon-coated and other non-stick cookware can produce fumes that are highly toxic to birds. As early as 1986, a Chicago-area expert on “Teflon toxicosis” called the phenomenon a “leading cause of death among birds,” and estimated that hundreds of birds are killed by the fumes and particles emitted from Teflon-coated products each year.
As an avian practitioner, I have seen ill will generated between pet owners or aviculturists and veterinarians because of incorrectly clipped wing feathers. A bird should never leave a veterinarian's office with poorly or incorrectly clipped wings.
THERE is some great news for owners of parrots that destroy every toy they can get their beaks on…including toys marked “indestructible”. There is a new rage of stainless steel toys from the Frasier group, whose slogan is Toys for parrots who like to screw around! The slogan comes from the nuts, bolts and screws that make up great new foraging toys.
One reason that bird owners love their pets so much is because of their beautiful plumage. So it shouldn't be surprising to find that many bird owners are very upset when their birds develop feather problems. At the first signs of feather abnormalities, the bird owner may come to the pet retailer to seek a remedy or solution to the feather problems. There are many causes of damaged or missing feathers, and often, the bird owner thinks first of mites or lice. Unfortunately, in most cases, infestation with these little insects is not the problem.