Hello again, I'm back with a question!

HKS

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Hi everyone, I'm back! Its Heather... I have the caiques, Archie and Phoebe who are both doing well, Archies hormones are raging at the moment. He's just turned 6 (if that's his real age) and Phoebe has just turned 3 this month.

Hope everyone is keeping safe and well during the lockdown, I know there's a few members here I haven't been able to keep in touch with as I don't have you on Facebook!

I do have a question though, maybe @DizzyBlue can help please as I know you mentioned double glazing the last time I was here.
Mam is wanting all the windows and doors replaced and unfortunately I still haven't moved out, though I hope it's not much longer.

Is it safe for the parrots? Is there fumes? If there is, how long do they last?

Thanks in advance if anyone can help as I am now filled with dread and anxiety!
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dianaT

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Hi Heather great to see you back and the photos of Archie, Phoebe . How are the dogs ? x
 

CaptainHowdy

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I had my windows replaced last year but I didn't have any birds in the house whilst they did it.
It did smell for a few weeks afterwards.

Do you have anywhere you can put them? Is there a room that isn't having the windows done?

Oh and welcome back :)
 
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DizzyBlue

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I got the firm to give me the health and safety sheets for the acrylic caulk sealant they were using and investigated from there. They were brilliant and said which ever one i found if they didn't have it they would get it and use that for me.
We used "No Nonsense Acrylic Frame Sealant" a water based one and the room where the birds were was done first I moved them out the room because of noise and dust and they were back in it the following morning no problems just had the air purifier on to help get rid of dust. One thing I stopped them doing was using the glass cleaner they had to remove sticky labels and finger prints inside i let them use it outside only as that stuff was an real issue was some kind of really pongy methanol stuff more warnings on it than you could shake a stick at!
 

HKS

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@DizzyBlue
Thanks for the name of the sealant, we'll be able to ask the people about that, not sure who's doing it yet but hopefully they will be as helpful as yours were.
The problem is my family, my mams pretty good but her husband thinks I'm over the top and ridiculous and he has friends with a parrot and he's obviously been talking about me to them because they said I've got it all wrong about Teflon and fumes etc and their african grey is absolutely fine with fumes in the house! How silly of me.
It's a regular argument in my house... The garage is attached to the house so I can sometimes smell petrol fumes, horrific cleaners that he uses to clean engine pieces etc. Which results in a full blown argument that I "rule the roost" and I'm over the top with the parrots. All he has to do is open the garage door but it's far too much to ask of him.

Anyways... The basement isn't being done because she's wanting the kitchen moved and bifold doors put down there. However the stairs to the basement has no door or anything to shut, it's all open plan. The living room door can be shut but if they do the front door it leads to a stairway to the basement (if there was fumes).

I thought I'd have the birds outside in the garden while they do it but if it's a cold day I guess the basement would be the next best thing. Or take them out in the car!

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The dogs are great and have no idea what's going on in the world but are over the moon to have us home 24/7 haha.
Photo quality might not be great as I've reduced the file size.
I've also still got Mavis, my little chick, she's a year old now, a lovely little thing. I hear her shouting for me when she hears me coming down the stairs haha she's never laid an egg!
Thank goodness she wasn't a Cockerel. I nearly rehomed her to a lady near the lakes district as she has two hens in the same condition as mavis but unfortunately she'd had a case of mareks disease a few years ago, her hybrids seem to be immune from it and her other hens are vaccinated. Unfortunately Mavis wasn't vaccinated and its too late once they're older.
Couldn't risk her catching that.
 

DizzyBlue

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You can buy those see through plastic dust sheets from B&M cost about a quid and they are huge and tape it around the ceiling and to the wall at the top of the stairs with an overlap in the middle when I painted (water based room paint) upstairs ran the purifiers downstairs stopped any smell down stairs really well
 

Michael Reynolds

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Hello Heather its good to see your birds again @DizzyBlue the information on the Glazing I think should be Pinned, regarding you mums reluctance in understanding the problem with Teflon, I lost four birds at a show and another at least 20 passed away after a Teflon pan was used in the kitchen to cook sausages and bacon. it only needs to get over heated for the gasses that we cannot smell to get released, the hall was long and where my bird had been was a good distance from the kitchen. One of the birds I lost was a Yellow fronted Kakariki a endangered CITES l bird, I have known three other cases of the gasses from Teflon killing birds, two had been African Greys. love the photos.
 

DizzyBlue

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:thinking: yellow fronted kakariki are not cites 1 they are cites 2 listed birds.
It's the red fronted that is Cites 1 classified
 

JessCheekyMia

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Hi Heather, so good to have you back. Your photos are beautiful. Mavis is absolutely gorgeous. What a great job you have done with her. Xxx
 
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