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« on: September 13, 2005 07:22:48 AM »

I used decorative ribbon to tie back my window curtains. It has wire in the edges so that you can bend the ribbon to stay a certain way. I just adopted a new pet bird and placed the cage near the window. It totally didn't dawn on me to think twice about the wire and just noticed that part of the ribbon was chewed and found a piece of the wire at the bottom of it's cage. :-/ Birds aren't supposed to be exposed to lead, as they can get lead poisoning, and I'm wondering what this wire is made of. 

Sorry this isn't a crafty question... but if anyone knows what this wire is made of, my little bird's life could be at stake here.  Cry

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2005 07:21:24 PM »

I'm sure they wouldn't put lead in craft supplies. It's probably nickel or steel. Though if you're really worried it's always a good idea to bring your pet to a vet.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2005 08:52:25 PM »

Just from a sheer cheapness standpoint, it's probably copper or nickel.  I'd be as much worried about pointy little pieces of wire in the bird's innards.  To the vet!
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2005 05:53:37 PM »

Thank you so much kwicz! I hope you're right.  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2005 07:00:58 PM »

Most definitely not lead -- lead isn't pliable enough for that type of wire, so you're safe! Actually, pretty much anything someone handles is going to be lead-free now, because of all the dangers, though I suppose there are exceptions.

Aww, I hope your birdie is okay! He probably didn't -eat- the wire though, huh? I wouldn't be too worried, just keep an eye on him.
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