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I'd like to place a bird-safe plant (such as a spider plant) inside my conure's cage to give her the opportunity to hide among the leaves, since that's something she currently does with her toys. I'd want to plant the plant in a pot that could be suspended from the side of her cage. I want to make sure that this would be absolutely safe before attempting it.

Could any problems arise from this?

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Placing plants such as a spider plant into a bird cage would not harm the bird, and it is more likely that the bird will harm it. Leaves on the spider plant that may have been affected by the bird can easily be fixed if you trim it regularly. Spider plants are inexpensive and easy to look after so that is a great choice of plant to place in the cage with the bird.

However, be careful if you were to use pesticides on the plant as some pesticides can be toxic to birds. These include systemic pesticides that are often mixed with water or soil and take up the plant's structure, in turn making the plant poisonous to insects and most likely birds.

Before purchasing the plant, ask to make sure that the pesticides used on the plant beforehand are safe. If you aren't 100% sure they are, rinse the foliage and re-pot the plant. If you are still concerned, keep the plant away from your bird and let the plant grow for a few months before placing it in there with it.

  • The pesticides were what I was worried about. I will definitely make sure to ask about them beforehand. Thank you! – jackwise Jan 30 '18 at 14:38
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Please be extremely careful--many plants are highly toxic (even fatal) to birds. Many common plants, such as philodendrons, are toxic. (Some food plants are also severely toxic to birds, such as avocado and onion.) Conures love to chew and shred, so a plant will definitely end up in your bird's mouth.

Here are a few useful lists of safe plants and toxic plants:

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    Hi Tom! If you could add hyperlinks and blockquote a sample of the articles you are referring to it would greatly improve your answer :) – Rebecca RVT Jan 30 '18 at 23:18
  • I know how deadly plants can be - had already checked these lists out before asking the question, hence why I asked about placing safe plants in the cage :) – jackwise Jan 31 '18 at 16:06

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