Cooking while brooding in an inside room?


Crossing the Road
7 Years
Sep 29, 2014
New Zealand
Your teflon coated non stick cookware is toxic to all birds. Anything else will be fine - cast iron etc. Also watch any scented sprays, plug-ins, scented candles even, or aerosol spays anywhere near them. They are also toxic to birds. One lady lost many expensive (and much loved) macaw parrots because of the product she cleaned her oven with.


Crossing the Road
13 Years
Feb 2, 2009
Southeast Louisiana
Did they happen to say why? I'd love to hear that reason. Do you have any idea how many people brood chicks in their house and never have any problems at all with cooking?

It is possible to poison your chicks, but there is a thing caused dosage. If you have a teflon coated bulb in your brooder and that brooder has really poor ventilation it could be a problem. But the amount of teflon gas from a cooking pan in the kitchen that will make its way into the brooder I don't think so.

Most chick poisoning comes from tainted food or water or using cleaning materials in the brooder without airing it out well. Chickens do have a fairly delicate respiratory system so watch stuff used in their vicinity. But general cooking in the kitchen would not cause me any worries whatsoever.


5 Years
Sep 21, 2017
Upstate NY
Keeping the heat under 400°f is safest if using Teflon. That being said new cookware is more likely to off gas at unpredictable temperatures. Heating a Teflon frying pan dry is risky.

Then again I think everyone should at least consider that we eat food from pans that could produce toxic fumes under any circumstances. Alarms me. I stopped using it years ago for parrot safety.

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