Story Bird: Sweet Pie
Personal Experience with Brass
There has been much talk on alot of mailing lists about brass being safe for our birds. I can attest to the fact that it is absolutely not safe for our precious ones. Brass contains a very high level of zinc.
In September I was so excited because I was bringing my baby senegal I had named Sweetie Pie home. I had wanted one for awhile and just fell in love with her. I bought a brand new brass cage thinking it has to be safe if a bird store is selling them. After a couple of months in the cage I noticed she had started chewing her feathers. She was not plucking them out, just chewed on them. I watched her for a couple of days and she was getting worse. That's when I found out about her zinc poisoning. I was just horrified. We immediately started chelation and she got a brand new safe cage and I even removed all of the metal and quicklinks off of her toys. Some people say that I was a little extreme, but I was just in shock.
Sweetie is in her second round of chelation and she seems to be acting a lot better. As for the featherchewing, that is still going on but we now think it may just be a habit. I am crossing my fingers that she will stop.
Our babies form a bond of trust in us and I have let her down. She isn't mad at me but she should be. I should have checked about the safety of brass and now she is paying the price for it.
After pictures of Sweet Pie: