Plants Safe for Button Quail?

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  1. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to put some different types of plants in my Button Quail's cages. I was thinking about Kale, Lavender, Swiss Chard, or Clover. I could probably only do 1 - 3 plants, as their cage isn't big enough to do anymore than that (18" L x 30" W x 30" H). It would be nice if the plant served a purpose, such as a treat for the Button's, an aid in odor control, or decoration for the cage (something pretty). Any thoughts? [​IMG]
     
  2. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Well..Kale,Swiss chard, and clover are all good with me. not sure about lavender.

    The cage is going to stink...It just happens. Feed your birds 28-30% protein GBS and forget about the treats.

    Oh yes...decoration, or something pretty....is more than useless!

    Just some of my thoughts. [​IMG]
     
  3. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of opening is on this cage? Is it a tank?

    Although planted sounds nice, I would think the constant removing of the plant to water would cause a lot of stress to the birds.
     
  4. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other suggestions guys? [​IMG]
     
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    SAFE PLANTS

    Acacia Aloe
    African Violet
    Baby's Tears
    Bamboo
    Begonia
    Bougainvillea
    Chickweed
    Christmas Cactus
    Cissus
    Coffee
    Coleus
    Corn Plant
    Crabapple
    Dandelion
    Dogwood
    Donkey Tail
    Dracena Varieties
    Ferns
    Figs
    Gardenia
    Grape Ivy
    Hen's and Chickens
    Herbs
    Jade Plant
    Kalanchoe
    Kangaroo Vine
    Marigold
    Monkey Plant
    Mother-in-Law's Tongue
    Nasturtium
    Natal Plum
    Pepperomia
    Petunia
    Pittosporum
    Prayer Plant
    Purple Passion
    Schefflera
    Sensitive Plant
    Spider Plant
    Swedish Ivy
    Thistle
    Umbrella
    Velvet Nettle
    Wandering Jew
    White Clover
    Zebra Plant


    Safe Trees

    Apple
    Arbutus
    Ash
    Aspen
    Beech
    Birch
    Citrus
    Cottonwood
    Crabapple
    Dogwood
    Elm
    Eucalyptus
    Fir
    Guava
    Hawthorn
    Larch
    Madrona
    Magnolia
    Manzanita
    Norfolk Island Pine
    Nuts (except chestnut and oak)
    Palms
    Pear
    Pine
    Poplar
    Redwood
    Sequoia
    Willow


    POISONOUS


    acorns

    Agave, Maguey, Bayonet, Agavaceae Toxic Principle: Sap from the leaves, Seeds, Calcium oxalate raphides, Acrid volatile oils, Mechanically injurious Clinical Signs: Oral mucosa irritation, Contact urticaria, Skin: Immediate burning, erythema, urticaria, and edema, Granuloma reaction from punctures by leaves

    Alcohol

    Almond Plants / Seeds / plant-pan allergen profilin can cause serious reaction in some birds: Generally all plants of the Prunus genus EXCEPT the pulp of the fruit contain amygdalin or related glycosides which are slowly hydrolyzed to hydrocyanic acid. Some allergic reactions to almond nuts have been observed.

    Alocasia

    Amaryllis: Clinical Signs: Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, appetite loss, tremors, drooling and abdominal pain

    Angel's Trumpet (some species), seeds, leaves

    Apple Seeds (small quantities ok)

    *Apricot (seeds, wood)

    Arrowgrass

    *Autumn Crocus

    Asparagus Fern - Sprengeri Fern, Lace Fern - Toxic Principle: Non-toxic, Berries, Sapogenins, Foliage Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Irritant, Cardiac, sedative, and diuretic effects

    Autumn Crocus/Meadow - Saffron

    *Avocado (any part of the plant -- including flesh, leaves, seeds, stem, skin)

    Azaleas: Can cause weakness, upset stomach, drooling, heart failure, depression and possible coma

    Baneberry
    Bayonet
    Beans: Broad, Castor, Glory, Fava, Horse, Mescal, Navy, Pregator, Scarlet Runner) - Large Beans: such as Anasazi, Black, Fava, Kidney, Lima, Navy, Pinto, and Soy - should never be fed raw. However, thoroughly cooked are safe and healthy.

    Beargrass

    *Begonia

    Bird of Paradise

    Bitter Almonds*

    Bittersweet
    Black-eyed Susan
    Black Locust

    *Bleeding Heart

    Bluebonnet
    Bloodrot
    Box
    Boxwood
    Bracken fern
    Buckeye
    Buckthorn
    Burning Bush
    Buttercup (Ranunculus)

    Caffeine

    *Caladium
    *Calla Lily

    Canada Yew
    Candelabra
    Cactus

    *Castor Beans: Common Name: Castor Bean, Castor, Castor Oil Plant, palma Christi, Wonder Tree, Higuerilla, Steadfast Toxic Principle: Leaves, Seeds, Ricin, Ricinin Clinical Signs: Decrease blood pressure, Hypothermia, Decrease in blood glucose, Increase in serum hepatic enzymes: AST, ALT, LDH, Increase in BUN, calcium, phosphorous, Upset Stomach, Vomitting, Abdominal Pain, Nausea, Diarrhea, Anorexia, Trembling, Weakness, Sudden Collapse, Seizures, Exercise intolerance, Ataxia, Slight Depression, Copious thick, ropy salivation, Thirsty

    Catnip Common Name: Catmint, Catnip Toxic Principle: Volatile oil Clinical Signs: Odd behavior, Drowsiness, Disorientation

    Ceriman
    Cherry (seeds, wood)
    Chinaberry

    *Chinese Sacred or Heavenly Bamboo

    Chocolate

    *Choke Cherry (unripe berries)

    Christmas Rose

    Chrysanthemum: Results in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, drooling and appetite loss. Causes allergies in humans as it is a ragweed relative.

    Clematis
    Coriander
    Coriaria
    Cornflower
    Corydalis
    Crocus bulb
    Croton (Codiaeum sp.)

    Crown of Thorns aka Christ Plant, Christ Thorn, Crown of Thorns Toxic Principle: Miliamines, Terpenes, Diterpenes, Alkaloidal esters of diterpenoid ingenol, Stems: the juice, leaves, and thorns Clinical Signs: Eye irritation, Vomiting, Skin irritation, Diarrhea, Irritation to gastrointestinal tract

    Curry Powder
    Cyclamen bulb

    Daffodil / Bulbs: Clinical Signs: Can cause severe gastrointestinal illness, convulsions, seizures, low blood pressure and tremors.

    Daphne
    Datura
    Deadly Nightshade
    Death Camas

    *Delphinium, larkspur, monkshood

    Dicentrea
    Dieffenbachia

    Dumb Cane aka Dumb Plant, Dumb Cane, Mother-in-law’s Tongue Plant Toxic Principle: Histamine poisoning, All parts: leaves, stems, sap, Proteolytic enzymes, Calcium oxalate crystals, Other toxins Clinical Signs: Swelling of throat, Impairment of speech, Excessive salivation, Pain and swelling of mouth, Skin rashes

    Easter Lily

    Eggplant: The leaves of the plant on which the eggplant fruit grows are poisonous, but the fruit itself is said to be safe. Some sources caution of overly ripe or under-ripe eggplant fruit.

    Elderberry (unripe berries)
    Elephant Ear

    English Ivy

    Fava Beans
    Fig (Ficus)
    Euonymus
    Evergreen Ferns
    Ficus

    Fiddle-leaf Philodendron aka Tree Philodendron, Cut-leaf Philodenron Toxic Principle: Nephrotoxic, Entire Plant, Leaves, Oxalates, Calcium oxalate Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Excessive salivation, Red and swollen oral cavity, Pain, swelling, irritation to throat, Irritation and burning of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Holly: Commonly found during the Christmas season, can cause intense vomiting, diarrhea and depression.


    Four-o'clocks (Mirabilis)
    Foxglove (Digitalis)

    *Garlic (safe for birds in SMALL amounts)

    Golden Glow
    Gopher Purge
    Hellebore
    Hemlock
    Henbane
    Honeysuckle
    Horsebeans
    Horsebrush
    Horse Chestnut
    Hyacinth bulbs

    *Hydrangea

    Iris corms
    Iris Ivy

    *Jack-in-the-pulpit

    Japanese Yew
    Java Beans
    Jessamine
    Jerusalem Cherry

    *Jimson weed

    Jonquil
    Jungle Trumpets

    Kalanchoe aka Florist’s Kalanchoe, Kalanchoe, Palm Beach Belle Toxic Principle: Isoprene alkaloids, Cardiac glycosides, Cardiac bufadienolides, Bryotoxins, Non-toxic maybe - Clinical Signs: Labored respiration, Cardio-toxic effects, Excessive salivation, Digestive disturbance, Loss of interest in food and water

    *Lantana

    Larkspur
    Laurel
    Lily
    Lily-of-the-Valley
    Lily Spider
    Lobelia (some species), all parts
    Locoweed
    Lupine species
    Malanga
    Marigold

    *Marijuana or hemp (Cannibus)
    *Milkweed

    *Mistletoe Berries:A Christmas plant, ingestion can cause significant vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and death.

    Mock Orange
    Monkshood

    *Morning Glory

    Mountain Laurel
    Mushrooms
    Narcissus, daffodil
    Nettles
    Nectarine (seeds, wood)
    Nightshade

    *Oak

    Oleander aka Rosa Laurel Toxic Principle: Seeds, Vase water, Whole plant, Smoke from burning, Cardioactive glycosides Clinical Signs: may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, slowing of heart-rate, abdormal heart beat patterns, heart failure and possible death.

    *Onions (toxic to birds, small amount ok)

    Peace Lilly

    *Peach (seeds, wood)
    *Pencil cactus plant

    Peony
    Periwinkle
    Peyote Cactus

    Philodendron aka Sweetheart Plant, Heart-leaf Philodendron, Parlor Ivy Toxic Principle: Nephrotoxic, Entire Plant, Leaves, Oxalates, Calcium oxalate Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Excessive salivation, Red and swollen oral cavity, Pain, swelling, irritation to throat, Irritation and burning of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Pimpernel
    Plum (seeds, wood)
    Poinciana

    Poinsettia: Clinical Signs: Can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach and sometimes vomiting

    Poison Ivy
    Poison Oak
    Pokeweed
    Poppy
    Potato (green seed balls, green tubers; plant, leaves and stem)
    Precatory beans
    Privet
    Rhododendron

    *Rhubarb: Rhubarb leaves are poisonous but the edible rhubarb stalks are safe.

    *Rosary Pea

    Rubber Plant

    Schefflera aka Umbrella Tree, Starleaf, Australian Umbrella Tree Toxic Principle: Entire Plant, Saponins, Falcarinol, Calcium oxalate, Oxalic acid Clinical Signs: Dermatitis, Vomiting, Leukopenia, Loss of coordination, Irritation of mouth, lips, and tongue

    Scotch Broom

    *Shamrock (Oxalis sp.)

    Skunk Cabbage
    Snowdrops
    Snow-on-the-Mountain
    Spindle Tree, Euonymus (some species), leaves, fruit, bark
    Spreading English Yew
    Spurge (Euphorbia sp.)
    Staggerweed
    Starleaf
    Star of Bethlehem

    Sweet Pea - Lathyrus latifolius - L.: Although no records of toxicity have been found for this plant, the seed of some species in this genus contain a toxic amino acid that can cause a severe disease of the nervous system known as 'lathyrism' if they are eaten in large amounts (although small quantities are said to be nutritious)[65, 76]. Great caution is advised.http://www.pfaf.org

    Tansy Mustard
    Tobacco
    Tomatoes (leaves and stem)
    Tuffroot

    Tulip: Clinical Symptoms: Can cause intense vomiting, depression, diarrhea, drooling and appetite loss.

    Virginia Creeper
    Walnut hulls
    Water Arum

    Weeping Fig

    Wild Call Wisteria
    Wild Calla
    Wisteria
    Yellow Calla

    *Yew

    Yucca aka Spineless Yucca, Soapweed, Spanish Bayonet Toxic Principle: Spines, Furostanols, Leaves, Saponins [steroidal], Spirostanols – sarsasapogenin Clinical Signs: Vomiting, Bloat, Diarrhea, Nausea, Mechanical damage

    Zamioculcas - an indoor plant. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
     
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  7. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alex - quail LADY that you are - I must say:
    You are the MAN!!

    Now to which avain species does this list apply? Quail only? - and is that all types?

    Thanks OP - I was going to ask the same question soon!

    ETA: I just realized! I can make a space with (scarlet) begonias and (sugar) magnolias and have a pair of buttons named Dehlia and Billy DeLion! [​IMG] yeah...I'm going to time out now......
     
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  8. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Quote:This applies to birds in general but it was a compilation a while back in a thread I copied and pasted here from what I wrote.
     
  9. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for that!
     
  10. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    Quote:It has a little door on the front. It is actually a mesh cage made for reptiles, here is what it looks like -

    http://www.petco.com/product/111932/Zilla-Fresh-Air-Screen-Habitat-for-Reptiles.aspx?CoreCat=certona-_-ProductDetail_2-_-Zilla%20Fresh%20Air%20Screen%20Habitat%20for%20Reptiles-111932

    I'm
    hoping to get the Buttons to a point where opening the cage frequently won't bother them, but we'll see [​IMG]

    I love that cage and want a few myself. lol...

    Well...
    Quaillady beat me to the safe list. lol.. I had to leave for last min. shopping.

    I have mint and Rosemary in my walk in Aviary, but no birds yet, so I don't know how bad they may nibble. Another thing you could do is shallow dishes or bird seed grass. Just plant a simple finch seed mix and it will grow like grass.

    ETA: Plant several a few days apart and you can just rotate them.
     
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