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Finches and Fume Hazards

Fumes, rather than temperatures, are the biggest threats to pet finches. They are surprisingly delicate when it comes to chemicals in the air, and what might seem undetectable to you may be toxic to a bird. Here are some hazards to be aware of:

Fume hazards are a pet bird's worst enemy
Fume hazards are a pet bird's worst enemy

  • Chemicals released by hot non-stick pans can kill finches, so the birds should never be housed in a kitchen.
  • Aerosol sprays, scented candles and household deodorising oils and liquids can kill finches, so never place the birds where these items are used (bedrooms, for example).
  • Household cleaners - for ovens, toilets, etc - have fumes that can kill small birds.
  • Fly sprays are toxic to pretty much everything, and that includes pet birds.
  • Strong smelling cleaning solutions like oven cleaners and ammonia are hazards to be avoided.
  • Smoke of any kind is lethal, whether from a barbecue or a cigarette. If anyone in the house smokes, don’t buy pet birds, simple as that.

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