Incense and Candles - Scented candles, incense, carpet fresheners and air fresheners contain volatile oils which are poisonous to birds. You can enjoy your candlelight, but use unscented candles and supervise your birds when they are out.
A Safer Candle for All
The Avian Safe Candles that you can find in our store are 100% soy wax with ZERO harsh additives. That means: NO paraffin wax.
There are many consequences that come with having a cockatiel in close proximity to candles. The most common and dangerous consequence is that the cockatiel could get burned. Burns can range from first-degree to third-degree, and they can be extremely painful for your pet.
Apple Spice: 1 tablespoon of cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 apple sliced into wedges and 1 cup of cranberries. Winter Wonderful: Peel of one orange, 2 teaspoons dried nutmeg, I teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 cinnamon sticks, and two 1″ thick slices of ginger (for a variation, add a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract).
Perfumes, nail polish remover, hairspray, spray deodorant, scented candles, and air fresheners can all be dangerous to use around birds. Other hazardous household items include strong glues, permanent markers, space heaters, and paint.
Open flames can be very dangerous to pet birds – if they suddenly fly, they can hit the candle and get burned. But aside from that obvious danger are the fumes. Birds have a complicated respiratory system which makes them more susceptible to many fumes that do not harm humans. A lot of scented candles can be toxic.
Use organic wax candles
There are a lot of better options for candles than those made of paraffin wax. Opt for organic wax candles, such as candles that are made from soy, beeswax, vegetable wax, or coconut wax. Not only are these candles better for you and your pet, they're better for the environment!
Sources: Gasses like carbon monoxide, smoke from tobacco products, and fumes from new carpets and furniture, air fresheners, scented candles, paints, glues, household cleaning products, mothballs, hair spray, and nail polish can all be harmful when they are in close proximity to birds.
Welcome to Parrot Safe Candles, home of the finest odor-eliminating candles and wax melts you will find anywhere! Our hand poured vegan soy candles smell fantastic and nothing is harmed to make them. Better yet, our candles will keep your home smelling fantastic without putting your little friends at risk.
Soy wax is known for being a healthier and more eco-friendly alternative to common paraffin wax candles that you're likely to find on the drug store shelf. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum which isn't sustainable nor healthy when it is breathed in.
Beeswax is clean burning and does not produce toxic fumes or soot. Beeswax is hypo-allergenic, and is recommended for sensitive people and for sensitive pets. Birds in particular are very sensitive to the smoke and soot produced by petroleum-based paraffin candles.
Other airborne toxins, such as incense, cooking fumes, spray cleaners and perfumes, may be irritating to the lining of birds' respiratory tracts and should never be used around them.
Candles often have additives, such as fragrances, colors, essential oils, and other hazardous ingredients. Essential oils were covered in a previous column and should always be avoided around birds. So when you burn most candles around birds, you are exposing them to smoke, soot, zinc, essential oils, and more!
If you have keets in the room make sure you are only burning scentless, colorless candles. Also, as always, never leave a candle burning unattended.
Several essential oil varieties should be avoided if you have pets in your home, as they have been shown to adversely impact your pet's health. These oils include eucalyptus, tea tree oil, wintergreen, pine, peppermint, camphor and clove.
Are Scented Candles Bad for Dogs? While burning scented candles is generally considered safe for dogs, our canine companions have a far better sense of smell than we do. Downes notes that dogs “may be more likely to be irritated by odors.” She recommends avoiding candles that contain essential oils.
' " Although scientists have traditionally thought of birds as lacking in the olfaction department, they have proved that many detect aromas and use them-to varying degrees-to select mates, forage, and locate nesting spots.
Candles that use paraffin wax are dangerous for birds because they produce smoke that is especially unhealthy for birds to inhale. Soy and beeswax candles with lead-free wicks are the item of choice for bird-owners who still wish to light candles.
Oil of citronella is practically non-toxic to birds. It is slightly toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. Oil of citronella repels insects rather than killing them. Therefore, bees and other pollinators are not likely to be harmed.
In your dad's case, and the same applies to perfume (as long as it was applied in another room) the particles settle and become attached to the wearer, and are no longer floating in the air to make your bird's air space dangerous. Some birds don't like the smell, but it will not hurt them.
Fresh orange citrus magic is a Bird Safe Air Freshener. Eliminate odors on contact using 100% active ingredients made from pure and natural citrus oils. Citrus Magic sprays last up to 4X longer than conventional air fresheners that are mostly made of water, gas and a little perfume.