Parrot Toy Angels: April 2009 Angel Wings
Parrot Toy Angels

Angel Wings

A monthly journal for human angels who make a positive difference in companion birds' lives.

April 2009
Volume 4, Issue IIII

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In this month's issue:
    PTA Spring Auction
    ParrotNutz New Muffins
    Angel Announcements
    Banana Blueberry Waffles
    The Story of Jack
    Easter for Everybirdie
    Safety Today
    Featured Fid ~ The Senegal Parrot
    Cookbook Day at Bird Paradise
    Green Cleaning
    Our Odd Couples
    Pulmonary Hypersensitivity Syndrome
    Rikki Sez
    What's Your Style


Welcome

Dianne B. from Pennsylvania



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Parrot Toy Angels Spring Auction

Spring is here !!!!

We all know that a busy parrot is a happy parrot. We all make sure our own parrot's cages are well stocked with toys and activities, but have you ever thought about who provides toys for parrots who have to live in rescues or sanctuaries because they have no one who wants them? We thought about this and four years ago organized the Parrot Toy Angels Group. We are an all volunteer, non profit, 501(c)3 organization with members all over the US, Canada and even Australia. Our motto is "making a difference, one bird at a time". With that goal in mind we do "Angel Projects" to help ease the burden for rescue organizations by providing toys, food, cages, supplies and occasionally money to help with veterinary care. In 2008 alone we donated 3824 toys to 10 different Rescues and Sanctuaries.

One way we are able to raise money to do this is with fundraisers such as our Spring and Fall Online Auctions. Donations have been coming in and this year's Spring Auction in May promises to have something to appeal to everyone. Gift baskets, gift totes and buckets, prints, bird toys and toy making supplies, jewelry, clothing , chocolate and lots of unique surprises. You'll find gifts for you and for your birds.

Visit our website for an auction preview and be sure to read the May Angel Wings for auction dates and to find a link that will take you directly to the auction site.

It's through your support and that of our volunteers that we are able to do what we do for so many birds and make that difference in so many bird's lives...

Visit our auction preview and see a bit of what we're offering

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FEATHERED FUNNIES


Q: What do you get when you cross a cat with a parrot?
A: A carrot

Q: What do you get when you cross a canary with a 20' snake?
A: A sing-a-long

Q: Why do hummingbirds hum?
A: Because they forgot the words!!

ANGEL ANNOUNCEMENTS
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NEW ON THE SITE:

♥  PTA Cookbook
♥  Foraging Systems
♥  New Small Toys
♥  New Medium Toys
♥  New Large & XL Toys

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Why buy a Bird Cage from Bird Cages Galore?? Because we do not "just sell" top quality cages at reasonable prices, provide free shipping and a free toy with each cage; we offer first rate customer service and will answer your questions about most bird-related matters. Visit us on the web, browse our selection, join our discussion forum and sign up for our free Newsletter,
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We are here to help, because we care about your bird!!

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Banana Blueberry Waffles
By Colleen Soehnlein

Yummy Waffles

2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
1-1/2 cups blueberry juice
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup fresh or dried blueberries
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts - your choice
3 eggs

Preheat waffle iron.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking power and dried or fresh fruit. In a medium bowl beat the eggs until foamy. Add banana, pumpkin and juice. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Mix just until moistened.

Cook on waffle iron according to your manufacturer's directions or cook as pancakes. Either way the birds will be thrilled!

Serve warm or cool on rack before freezing.

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Gaby enjoying her pumpkin
Gaby, CAG who owns Ilona
The Story of Jack
By Cate Clark

Jack
Jack

Often, we as rescuers, sit and plan our day with a feathered hooligan on our shoulder, sometimes asking ourselves why we do what we do. Then we look into the eyes of that little guy and we know. We give one day, one week, a year of a better life than they had and it all just becomes so painfully clear.

We love them all but there are those who wrap themselves around your soul and the story I am to tell is one bird that did that to me.

Jack, a B & G Macaw, came into my life 5 years ago. He was different than most. Calm, quiet and never met a person he did not like. He was the ambassador of my little flock and he did it so well. There was an autistic child who touched Jack and let out a joyful squeal bringing a mom to tears because the child had only made low grunts. Or his last outing, where we went to a veterans hospital in the rehab area and Jack was not quite sure what to do with the prosthetic arms. So sweatshirts were put on or towels were put over and Jack the ambassador, did his job. There was just so much joy and laughter. Unflappable Jack, no matter what came his way, he handled with great aplomb.

But my most endearing memory was Jack the teacher. Once Dr. Stewart Metz, ran into me at the avian vets office and in conversation, had me sit behind a cage and look out. He then said to me that is what most birds see 24/7 most of their lives. That had such an impact on me, that when I did go into the schools to speak, I would bring Jack in a cage. I would take him out and have children sit behind the cage for a minute or two. I would then let them ask Jack questions. Being younger children, their questions were simple, like "that is so sad Jack, does that make you sad," and he would do his typical head bobbing up and down for a yes. You know, the children "just get it." They have no barriers or pretense. They understood the question asked and with Jack's head bob, he validated their questions. I would show pictures of endangered birds and later have quizzes and no matter what the answer was, Jack agreed. He would agree to a M2 being called a Mohican or a U2 a Bumbershoot. It did not matter. It was the giggles and laughter, Jack loved most. There was just something magical about Jack. He just seemed to know what to do to encourage that.

Hopefully he will stay in some children's memories, motivating them in the future to work on conservation and other issues that plague us now. The children are the future and the word must get out to them. Jack was just such a small part of it, but still he was a contributor in the name of all the birds that need someone to speak for them.

I lost Jack on November 11. He had advanced arterial sclerosis and in treating him for a bacterial infection, it was more that his body could muster. But as he lived his life, he died with the same dignity. He just closed his eyes, went to sleep and was no more.

I will honor this special bird by taking him to Moab, Utah and releasing his ashes off the bluffs, into the wind. He will be accompanied on his journey by free flying macaws. What he could not do in life, he will do in death.

So rescuers, maybe a tear has been shed but it is a bird like Jack that keeps us going. Once we get through the tears, we do celebrate the blessing of having each and everyone of these magnificent creatures in our lives. Cherish it for each one has a story to tell. We just need to listen.

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Easter for Everybirdie
By Wyspur Kallis
Pictures by Nancy Goulding

Birdie Easter Basket

April is a fun month for celebrating the Easter holiday. What a delight it is to wake up Easter morning to find baskets full of goodies for everybody to enjoy. While most of us spend time and money on the traditional Easter baskets for our human loved ones, we often forget about the feathered kids in our families. There are many products available for parrots that can be used to make an Easter basket surprise. Packaged treats such as Nutriberries and Avicakes are a favorite of most birds. Adding a few toys will make your basket even more fun for your feathered loved ones. The basket can be used afterwards as a toy box for holding toys or made into a hideout place. Avoid material such as the traditional plastic grass and use as many natural products as possible. Shredded paper is fine as long as it's toddler safe and lignin free.

Celebrate Easter and make it a safe and fun holiday for everybirdie.

Safe Easter Baskets
Safe, plastic Easter baskets

Goofy enjoying his Easter hideout hut
Goofy enjoying his Easter hideout hut

NOTE: Please keep in mind that NO toy is ever 100% safe. Only YOU know your bird's play habits. Please use common sense when making or offering any toys for your birds. What is safe for one bird is not necessarily safe for another. Please check your toys daily for wear and tear and replace if need be. Always supervise your bird, especially when introducing a new toy.

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Safety Today
By Susan Kesler
Safety Committee Chairwoman

Spring is here and we are all looking forward to the great outdoors after a long hard winter. The birds are also yearning for some fresh air and warm sunshine after being cooped up inside for months.

In a perfect, ideal world, all parrot owners would have huge outdoor aviaries with a stream running thru it and a waterfall and lots of perches and benches so birds and owners could commune with nature together whenever they wanted. Since it's not a perfect world, we need to look for safe ways to enjoy nature and soak up the rays with our feathered friends.

Clipping wings has always given us a false sense of security that our birds cannot fly away. The truth is that even a severely clipped bird, under the right circumstances, can fly. If they pick up a good up draft, they can and a lot of times do fly great distances.

Birds out of their cages and outdoors may also be at risk of predators such as raccoons, hawks or the neighbor's cat.

One choice we have is to have a larger cage outside so that your feathered friend can enjoy an hour or two of nature in safety. You can transport him or her from the cage inside to the cage outside in a small animal carrier.

Another choice may be a harness. I do not have any first hand information about putting one on, but I have heard that a lot of people use them.

Mesh travel cages are another thing you can look into. Some are built like a back pack so you can take birdie for a nice long walk with you.

If none of these things are options for you, just push, pull or drag Tweety's cage to an open door or window when the breeze isn't blowing and the sun is shining so he can get a breath of fresh air and a little sun on his shoulders. He'll thank you and the effort is worth it!

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Featured Fid ~ The Senegal Parrot
Scientific Name: Poicephalus senegalus
By Sue Christie-Cox and Debra Edgington
Contributions by Regina Jankowski and Devi Tow

Beans & Cornbread
Beans & Cornbread

This Featured Fid article is a little different from other FF's we have covered in the past, as three different writers have contributed their experiences on living with a "sennie". As we all know, all birds are different, but there were a few things that all three agreed on. "Sennies" are wonderful birds with great personalities, they will take on anyone or anything no matter what the size and not one of the contributors would swap their sennie for the world.

Sporting a dark grey head, v-shaped yellow, red or orange chest and deep green body, their bodies are almost as dramatic as a Senegal's personality. There are three different subspecies depending on the color of their "vest".

♥ Senegalus senegalus is the most common of the subspecies, with a yellow vest. They are native to Southern Mauritania, Southern Mali to Guinea and the Island of Los.

♥ Senegalus mesotypus has an orange vest and is from Eastern and Northeastern Nigerian and Cameroon into southwest Chad.

♥ Senegalus versteri has a red vest and is from Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, East to Western Nigeria.

All three subspecies average 10 inches in length and 9 inches in height. Lifespan in the wild is an average of 25-30 years and up to 50 years in captivity. Besides color of the vest and origin, there are no other notable differences between the subspecies in size or personality traits. A true African Parrot, they "pin" their eyes when excited or angry and are territorial.

Senegals are complicated birds full of extremes. While they're all individuals, it has been found that the majority have certain common traits. They tend to be one person birds and all others beware. This is even the case with highly socialized Sennies. There are no guarantees that they will get along with other birds and in fact it is recommended that they not be kept with others. They've been known to dominate large macaws and 'toos and have the larger bird cowering in fear. Sennies think they're big birds.

Merlynn
Merlynn

They are quiet geniuses and require daily stimulation and interaction and while said to be quieter than other birds, they do have a shrill, high pitched call. They can learn to be loud when living with other noisier birds. They do talk, using a baby doll voice and can be wonderful mimics. Toy wise, noisemakers, soft wood pieces and shredder type materials are a big hit. When it comes to Senegals, there is no such thing as too many toys!

As with all birds, the bigger the cage, the better.

This is what Debra says about feeding, "What does a Senegal like to eat? Everything you do, of course! When I first brought my little one home, I wanted to continue to feed her what she had been given as a chick. Zupreem pellets seemed like a good choice, so I left the store with 3 different varieties of bird food. After time, I found a brand of food called Vitacraft It carries a specific type of food for different types of parrots. The African blend, which has a Grey and Senegal on the package, has the types of things she would eat were she in the wilds of Senegal. Things such as carob, cucumber seeds, nuts, anise and a small concentrated pellet. One of her favorite treats is a stick made by Vitacraft, specific to African birds. Pomegranates are a huge favorite treat as well as blackberries and raspberries. She eats a large variety of fresh vegetables that include carrots, snow peas, any kind of peas for that matter, which she carefully shells, picks out the juicy bits and throws the shell on the floor. Cherry tomatoes are one of her summer treats and just about any kind of vegetable. I once read that my diet would improve as I tried to feed her fresh choices that were good for both of us. I am not sure if that is true, but if I have any kind of pasta she starts running back and forth on her stand hollering for her favorite noodle. I forgot to mention, her all time favorite is a Nutriberry. I have even seen her fly around with one in her beak and this is usually what she wants for her morning breakfast".

I'll conclude with the closing comments from our three contributors,

♥ "A lot of parrot packed in a small package. I am so glad that I went with my heart and brought her home. She has given much love and enjoyment. She is sweet and sometimes she is ornery but I guess we all are". ~~ Debra

♥  "It's been said Sennies remind people of Velociraptors...rofl.......I agree. I love her to pieces though and she cracks me up!" ~~ Devi

♥ "Even though my physical interaction is limited, my Senegal provides me with love and desires nothing but love and attention in return. Obi is my most challenging bird and the most rewarding. I wouldn't change a feather". ~~ Regina

Maya
Maya

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Cookbook Day at Bird Paradise
By Stacey Baker, Donna Dae & Elizabeth Cirrotti

On Saturday, March 14, Stacey, Donna and Elizabeth set up a table and spent the day at Bird Paradise telling everyone about our latest fund-raiser, the new PTA cookbook, Polly Wants More Than A Cracker. We each baked several of the recipes from the book and we set out plates full of samples for birds from the store to try and for customers to take home for their birds. We demonstrated sprouting techniques to anyone who wanted to learn and told customers all about PTA and the work that we do. Some of the recipes we used included:

Happy Beak Cookies
Happy Beak Cookies

Sweet & Spicy Garbonzos
Sweet & Spicy Garbonzos

Spice Balls
Spice Balls

Corn Muffins & Fruity Bran Muffins
Corn Muffins & Fruity Bran Muffins

Sweet & Spicy Sprout Bread
Sweet & Spicy Sprout Bread

All samples were happily eaten by the birds and even by a couple of humans.

It was a wonderful day which helped PTA to continue its mission..."making a difference, one bird at a time". If you haven't purchased a cookbook yet, be sure to get one and try the recipes. Your birds will be happy you did.

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Green Cleaning
By Stacey Baker

Being green might not be easy for Kermit the Frog, but luckily, there are many ways to clean 'green' that are safe for parrots, people and the planet!

♥ Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to clean bird cages, food and water dishes. To use as a jewelry cleaner, use one cup apple cider vinegar. Submerge solid gold jewelry item in vinegar for 15 minutes. Remove and dry with cloth.

♥ Have an old BBQ scraper? Don't throw it out!! Use it to clean droppings off of cage grates/perches.

♥ Need an extra whitener in your wash? Forget the bleach, use peroxide. After chopping fresh produce for yourself or your birds, use peroxide to disinfect the cutting board.

♥ Oxyfresh Cleansing Gel is an odor free, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly concentrated cleaner. Use it to clean grates and hardened dirt. You can use it to clean anything and a bottle lasts forever.

♥ Add twenty drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract to a 32-ounce spray bottle filled with water. Use on all surfaces around the house. To clean grates, spray GSE (grapefruit seed extract) solution over a layer of newspaper. Cover with another layer of newspaper and allow to stand for fifteen to thirty minutes. Wipe, rinse, and dry.

♥ Baking soda is a versatile household cleaner. It can be used as a stain remover, carpet deodorizer or odor absorber. Baking soda, a natural abrasive, can be used as a soft scrub cleanser when a little water is added to it. Try a little on the wall behind your bird's cage…makes cleaning 'flung' food a bit easier.

♥ Lemon juice adds a refreshing scent to rooms, removes tarnish from brass and copper and acts as a gentle laundry bleach. When you're finished with the juice of the lemon, make an all natural potpourri by putting lemon peels, orange peels, a sprinkle of cinnamon and some water on the stove to simmer.

♥ Club soda can be used to remove carpet stains, remove fabric stains, clean counter tops, remove rust, clean windows and glass and to clean household plants. When you are done cleaning with club soda, give your plants a drink of the remaining club soda to keep them healthy.

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Our Odd Couples
By George & Nancy Goulding

We have all heard the phrase "birds of a feather stick together" and nowhere is this generally truer than in the animal world. We do not see giraffes pairing up with chimpanzees, lions pairing up with ostriches or frogs with pigs (well...there was the Kermit and Miss Piggy thing).

The "birds of a feather" rule is supposed to be the norm among humans as well, but throughout history we have seen some pretty odd couplings. Consider if you will Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (look it up), Cisco and Pancho, Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody, Felix and Oscar and, of course, Bill and Monica.

One would certainly expect the birds of a feather rule to apply to the bird species, but maybe not considering what happened with our flock. Our small bird habitat is actually a spare bedroom with an outdoorsy mural painted on the walls, skylights, toys everywhere, etc. It houses our current flock of small birds consisting of green cheeked conures Kermit (Kermee for short) and Goofy, Roscoe, a Quaker, Love birds Frick, Nick, and Nack and recently added cockatiels Rambo and Pearl.

The flock had its origins several years ago with Cockatiels PSA and Pearlman (who have since passed away). We then acquired our first love bird pair named Frick and Frack. We eventually added our first Green Cheeked Conure, Kermee and about nine months later Frick and Frack provided us with a couple of youngsters we called Nick and Nack. Roscoe and Goofy came to us because their previous owner no longer wanted them. Rambo and Pearl came from a similar situation.

When Nick and Nack were hatched, Kermee became very jealous because of all the attention paid to them and he became very aggressive towards them. In fact he tried to eat them, which led to him learning his first words, "no bite the babies!" As the little luvvies grew, Kermee became less aggressive toward them and eventually Kermee, Nick, and Nack became best friends to the point of being inseparable. These three are now our "three amigos".

Nack, Kermee & Nick
Nack, Kermee and Nick

Kermit shares a cage and sleeping quarters with Nick now, but when outside the cage during the day the three are always hanging out together getting into whatever mischief they can conjure up.

Shortly after the hatching of Nick and Nack, the mother Lovebird, Frack, passed away. Not wanting to be alone, Frick went looking for love and found it in one of the cockatiels we had at the time. Later, after the cockatiel died and we adopted Roscoe, the female Quaker, Frick took a liking to Roscoe (or maybe it was the other way around).The two of them became best friends and soul mates. They are our Mutt and Jeff pair.

Frick & Roscoe
Frick and Roscoe

Over time our small bird area has seen several odd partnerships develop and each of these have shown us that our birds are capable of forming unique and enduring partnerships that benefit each bird in a special way that we may not fully understand, but we do know this...those guys are having fun!

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Pulmonary Hypersensitivity Syndrome
By ParrotNutz

As a member of Internet chat lists since 1996, I was very surprised while on two different lists that when the subject of this syndrome came up, many people knew nothing about it. So I thought it would be a good idea to address the topic in the newsletter.

Blue and Gold Macaws seem to be most prone to this, but other macaws *can* develop it also. It happens when they are housed with powder producing birds. Those would be Cockatoos, Cockatiels, and African Greys.

The power is produced by specialized "powder down feathers" and it is a white waxy substance composed of keratin. Powder down forms a water proof barrier for contour feathers. It is spread through the feathers when the bird grooms. The down is composed of very fine particulate matter which becomes airborne very easily and spreads via air currents and air ducts throughout the area.

No one yet knows why B&G's are the most prone to this. It is a progressive disease that is usually not found until it is too late to do anything about. Therefore, Macaws and these powder producing birds should not be housed in the same rooms if at all possible. A good Hepa filter and ventilation are the best solutions to having these different species in your home, but in separate rooms when possible.

An FYI...people can be affected by this powder down also, so a Hepa filter is good to have when keeping birds in the home. Mine runs 24/7 and I don't have any powder birds. It makes a difference in how much "dust" I see in my home.

If you have any questions about this syndrome please talk with your Avian vet. This is not a curable condition, so facts are very important to have when dealing with different species housed together.

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Rikki Sez

Rikki will try and answer frequently asked questions here.

Rikki, This morning when I woke up, all my human kids had these really neat baskets with lots of candy in them. My parronts won't let me have anything in these kewl baskets. I really want to join in the fun. Why can't I have what's in the baskets?
Signed, Unhappy on Easter Day

Dear Unhappy, Your human kids are celebrating Easter and the stuff they have in their baskets is candy that will most definitely make you sick and probably the human kids also if they eat too much. I bet if you wait, your human mom will have a special basket for you made of wicker with shredded paper, nutriberries and footie toys so you can celebrate also.

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Rikki, My mom whooshed me outta MY cage into another cage and den she took MY cage outside to spring clean it. Why do MY cage hafta be spring cleaned. It don't hab no springs in it, just foods I hid for later and all my toys I fixed just right. Did I do bad?
Signed, Lookin' for MY Cage

Dear Lookin' for MY Cage, Spring cleaning is something humans (usually the female humans) feel like they hafta do once a year when the sun starts to come outside to play more (about the time when us birdies get those hormone things too). Foraging is good to do, but if you hide your old food in cracks and stuff it gets rotten and makes you sick. Your mom cleans all those nooks and crannies to get that old food and dander out to keep you healthy. She'll put your toys back nice and clean and trimmed safely. You'll probably find some nice new cool toys in there too!
P.S. The springs are something I think she wears in her shoes this time of year. All the nice sunshine must grow shoesprings because my mom says she gets a spring in her step this time each year. Don't be surprised if your cage goes for a walk again next month too.

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Rikki, I wanna go outside with mom and dad to play. Why can't I go? Am I bad? I promised mom I wouldn't fly away. Would you please tell them to let me go outside too?
Signed, Lonesome Inside

Dear Lonesome, Are you wearing your flightsuit or harness? You should cause even if you are on your parronts hand or shoulder for just a short walk some thing could scare you or a gust of wind could catch you and then you might get hurt or lost and your parronts would be so sad. I know some birds whose parronts take them out in a carrier on a stroller for walks and others that have special outdoor cages they can go in to enjoy the sun. Either of those might be good for you to have fun in the sun with your parronts.

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Do you have a question for Rikki?
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What's Your Style ~
Clean 15 or Dirty Dozen?

By Lori M. Nelsen

On March 11, 2009, the folks at the EWG (Environmental Working Group) released an updated 2009 version of the "Dirty Dozen". This list can be invaluable in evaluating the healthiest choices for your birds and your family. By choosing organic foods, instead of the foods listed on the "Dirty Dozen", you can reduce exposure to pesticides by about 80%.

Three new foods have made the list this year: Lale, Lettuce and Carrots. These are replacing red raspberries, potatoes and spinach.

Here are the lists:
DIRTY DOZEN
*Buy these organic*
Peaches ~ Apples ~ Bell Peppers ~ Celery ~ Nectarines ~ Strawberries ~ Cherries ~ Kale ~ Lettuce ~ Imported Grapes ~ Carrots ~ Pears

CLEAN 15
*Lowest in Pesticides*
Onion (not for birds) ~ Avocado (not for birds) ~ Sweet Corn ~ Pineapple ~ Mango ~ Asparagus ~ Sweet Peas ~ Kiwi ~ Cabbage ~ Eggplant (not for birds) ~ Papaya ~ Watermelon ~ Broccoli ~ Tomato ~ Sweet Potato

These produce rankings were calculated by using the percentage with pesticides detected, percentage detecting multiple pesticides, average of different pesticides on a single sample, average amount of all pesticides found, the maximum number of pesticides on a single sample and total number of pesticides found per fruit or vegetable group.

If consumers feed their birds or families the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each day from the "Dirty Dozen", as many as 15 pesticides could be ingested each day. If you would feed the produce on the CLEAN 15 list of conventionally-grown produce, the ingested amount would be decreased to 2 pesticides a day.

With the economy in a down turn, purchasing organic might not be a possibility for you or your pets. Try staying with the CLEAN 15, washing well with Vinegar and water, eat a varied diet and purchase organics to reduce the pesticide ingestion by 80% This will keep your birds and family safer and healthier.

To get the wallet sized 2009 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides, go to www.foodnews.org and download it for free to carry with you. It will also be available soon as an iPhone application. This guide is based on data from 87,000 tests for pesticide residues collected by the US Dept of Agriculture and the FDA.

***All information from www.ewg.org/

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