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PostPosted: June 14th, 2012, 4:54 pm 
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hi all
I'm Bryan I live in western Sydney and I am quite new to keeping eclectus parrots. I have a male about 18 mths old and as a general rule of thumb I know that fruit tree branches are safe so I am wondering if i can use loquat fruit tree branches in his cage for perches, thanks any other tips would be welcome.


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 Post subject: hello
PostPosted: June 14th, 2012, 8:32 pm 
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Hello & welcome

That is a good question. I do know parrots will sit in loquat trees while eating the fruit but I don't know if they chew the branches. Something I will have to look into.

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Hi Bryan & Welcome. There is a lot to learn here.

Yes citrus trees are fine for perches but i found this paragraph as well.

Fertilizer Someone emailed about whether fruit wood is safe after fertilizing. My 1st question was if they still had the package. Most fertilizers supply elements that are found in soil anyway, like iron or nitrogen. Whether fertilizer is sythetic or organic, it's purpose is to supply one or more of just 17 Essential elements. And if that's all that was applied, the wood should be fine for perches. But some fertilizers may have fungicides or insecticides added: systemic ones. That's why you would need to read the entire package to make sure that it was basic fertilizer for nutrition purposes only. Also, you might want to avoid branches where fertilizer was applied foliar from above: like sprayed on. But if plain fertilizer was added to soil only, the wood should be okay.


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Is loquat a citrus? I didn't think it was. Thought it was more of a 'plum' type fruit.

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I just checked, it's a very distant relative of the apple. It isn't a citrus, even though some people refer it as a citrus.

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kim wrote:
I just checked, it's a very distant relative of the apple. It isn't a citrus, even though some people refer it as a citrus.


It can have up to 4 seeds from memory, although the seeds are more like those of stone fruit in size. Taste is a bit like fruit salad.
So confirmation that the foliage should be safe? I will use it too if so, the trees in the yard won't hurt to be pruned.


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Yes.

I couldn't find a lot. I got 'rumours' that the wood was used for parrot toys. Couldn't find the info on that. And other say no to the wood. Still looking.

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http://www.eattheweeds.com/loquat-getti ... on-grappa/

Further to this discussion,
"The leaves possess a mixture of triterpenes, also tannin, in addition, there are traces of arsenic. (Arsenic And Old Loquat?) Young leaves contain saponin."


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