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Safe Trees (With Photos)
« on: March 28, 2010, 08:36:01 PM »

Different types of trees are easier to identify at different times of the year.
I will start with those which I find easier to find/identify in spring.
The main feature in spring is catkins on all sorts of trees.
"A catkin or ament is a slim, cylindrical flower cluster, with inconspicuous or no petal". They are fine to leave on the branches and safe to chew on for parrots.

Some trees sometimes have thick green residue on them or even moth, like this on a willow branch:

They can easily be scrubbed off the branches and once the branches are properly washed, they are safe to give to birds.




Willow
Willow catkins are very cute, fluffy things which can be bigger or smaller depending on the species of willow
or this


It is lot harder for me personally to identify some types of  willows (weeping willows are always easy to spot though) at any other time of the year, quite frankly, but just to give you an idea - these are young willow trees


Hazel
Again, the hazel is easy to identify by its yellow catkins and it also has quite distinctive dark brown and quite rough bark, even on young branches

It will of course be quite easy to spot Hazel in autumn, one the nuts appear


(Silver) Birch
Silver birches are the easiest to recognise but other birches look quite similar, just for example instead of the really white bark a yellow birch has yellowish/dark brownish bark but of the same rough appearance as Silver birch


Birches also have catkins and later in summer birch nuts, both are edible for parrots


Linden (Lime) Tree
These are quite wide-spread and even though they don't have catkins in early summer they flower in little yellow flowers and later the flowers turn into little pea-shaped fruit. Even though they haven't started flowering of course the last year fruit can still be found hanging on the trees:

This little fruit (as well as the flower to start with) are attached to this little elongated leaf called bract .The rest of the leaves look completely different - they are heart shaped.

Crab Apple
I dont really know how identify apple trees when they dont have apples on! But some crab apple trees might actually still have some apples from last year left on them


Some crab apples are red and some are yellow. Both are fine, and very edible too for the parrots (and humans - I love them all but they do taste quite bitter  :biggrin:)

Ash

Ash is quite widely spread and easy to identify by its sparse and quite dark buds at the moment. The tree bark is greyish and it has quite well define branches with very few smaller twigs.

Ash is going to be easier to identify in summer perhaps as it has quite distinctive leaves (pictures will follow in summer!)

This is all for now, but more will follow as the summer unravels  :biggrin:
And this is Lucy, she has helped me to find and take photographs of all the trees and was protecting me from all the wood elves who kept moaning at me for cutting down branches from their trees.

BTW: I am not  :crazy:, there weren't really any elves, I am not really that crazy, I just really wanted to post the picture of Lucy as she is such a cutie pie in those daffodils  :biggrin: :haha:







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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 08:41:32 PM »

Great info Irina :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :ty :ty :ty

Lucy is a cutie :yahoo: :yahoo: :biggrin:
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 08:47:02 PM »

This is a great thread Irina and should be stickied  :thumbsup:
Sure it will be useful for many members,
I believe you about the elves and fairies  :haha:
Didn't know you had a dog, Lucy is lovely  :yahoo: :yahoo:
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2010, 08:50:47 PM »

 :ty. The doggy is not really mine, it is my parents' in law, but we take her out for walkies and spend lots of time with her, she is a lovely silly girl  :biggrin:
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 01:30:28 PM »

Brilliant post and the pictures are very helpful :clap: :clap: :clap:

I live on Merseyside

Whats a tree ?  :cry2:
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Re: Safe Trees (with photos)
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010, 02:28:47 PM »

What a brilliant topic i have a catkins hid behind my shed will go straight away and cut the birds some off . Once again thanks. :thumbsup:
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Re: Safe Trees (with photos)
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2010, 10:39:46 AM »

i am making a stand, is it ok for me to use a normal apple tree branches  :pecking:
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2010, 10:45:04 AM »

Yes but as a pecaution wash them well and F10 them,
Toria metioned that she had to throw her stand as it developed a black powdery mould under the bark, so maybe if you strip the bark ?
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2010, 10:56:13 AM »

thanks geff, this does look a bit mouldy, i will go and try find an ash or birch, thanks you
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2010, 12:29:09 PM »

Leave the branches to dry out before making them into a stand then like Geoff says wash them with F10  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2011, 04:10:17 PM »

Hi,I have been using Cherry Tree branches in my cage for perches as I thought all fruit tree's were safe,I just brought a Parrot magazine in smiths and has article saying cherry tree is toxic,so have taken that out of the cage,fortunately this perch has never been eaten as always supply destructive toys for Wallace
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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2011, 04:19:21 PM »

Yeah Barrie, the bark of the Cherry tree (and other prunus species like plum and peach) contains cyanide in very small quantities. Sure not enough to poison but still best avoided  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2011, 06:11:12 PM »

Thanks for that Bobz,as it was she never ever sat on the cherry branch or chewed it so perhaps instinct took over...............will get some apple
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2011, 09:33:51 PM »

Or she's just got a good dose of stroppy little madam syndrome  :rofl: :rofl:
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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2011, 09:51:43 AM »

I was guna use a piece of tree from my nans plum tree but read plum trees should be avoided?
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« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2011, 09:56:46 AM »

that is right, plum trees can be toxic. They belong to the prunus species of trees, which also includes cherry trees. The bark, leaves and pips of the fruit of these species contain cyanide which is toxic.
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« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2011, 09:59:06 AM »

Ahh I seee. But they can eat plums yes?
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« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2011, 10:37:02 AM »

yes and cherries too, just not the pips, but it is unlikely they will eat them anyway, they are pretty hard. (the pips, not the fruit)
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2011, 12:50:10 PM »

Ah good as he doesn't really eat fruit or veg! He's been treated too human, was fed dominos and doritos! Am working on this though! Put a plum in his cage in a hangy thing and all that was left was the pip on the floor haha.
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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2011, 09:13:31 PM »

are magnolia branches safe
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