Bird Safe Cookware by Susan Chamberlain


It’s a jungle in here! Sharing your home with a pet bird is more than a hobby. It’s a lifestyle. Because our birds have such sensitive respiratory systems, we must be extremely careful when choosing cookware and other kitchen appliances.

Nonstick coatings contain polytetrafluoroethelyne (PTFE), a polymer that deteriorates when overheated. The resulting fumes (gas and minute particulate matter) may kill pet birds. Humans sometimes report flu-like symptoms after exposure to these fumes.

Teflon is a brand name. Nonstick surfaces containing PTFE are marketed under many different brand names. Just because a product does not say Teflon, it does not mean that it is free of PTFE.

Manufacturers disagree about the temperature levels that nonstick surfaces must reach to emit harmful fumes. Some place it at 560 degrees Fahrenheit while others somewhere above or below that figure. Past research showed that products actually begin releasing such fumes at the beginning of the heating process, and some people reported that pet birds died when nonstick products were heated to temperatures below 560 degrees Fahrenheit.  A few manufacturers, like Corning Revere, print warnings in product instructions against using nonstick cookware around pet birds, but you must read the fine print to find it.

Instead of nonstick cookware, try:

Stainless steel
Copper-clad stainless steel
Corningware, the classic, white oven-to-table ware
Cast iron

Ann Zych – FunTime


  1. Susan Delora on September 1, 2016 at 1:42 am

    What brand of cookware would you recommend I have a baby parrot I know about stainless steel but what brand would you recommend thank you

    • funtimebirdy on September 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Susan,

      I use Cuisinart Stainless Steel Pots and Pans. I have been using them for 13 years and never had a problem with them. Are you in the United States?

      FunTime Birdy

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