Can you use sisal twine to make bird toys with? I picked up a spool from the dollar store and my husband has a thing for smelling things, and he says that it smells like oil. I say that it is just the way it smells cause it is sisal but i could be wrong. is this a safe product to use or not? unsure.gif Also, husband put a small furring strip of pine in their cage and saw one of them gnawing on a piece of it. Is that safe also or not? unsure.gif
Pine should be fine... (no rhyme intended, lol) I'm kind of doubtful about the sisal twine, though. I did a bit of research, and I see that sisal wood and rope was used for bird toys, but it does specify unoiled. I'm thinking this means that they usually oil the twine. If it smells like oil, or feels oily at all, I probably wouldn't use it.
Plain cotton rope is alright for bird toys, provided you keep an eye on it so it doesn't get too frayed.
I bought some sisal the other day, unoiled apparently. it smells anyway. I have used it, in the avairy, I do prefer to use cotton, or wire. With Biggles as he chews through things too quick, and ive wasted my time Natural raffia is good, the Budgies like nibbling it.