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I have a cockatieal and as you know they are very messy. Thus, I ended up installing  a screen seed catcher (which I made myself) by attaching screen onto the panels of his cage and it has worked amazingly well. There is no more mess whatsoever, it is fantastic. Is the screen material I used safe for birds? The screen material is made from fiberglass it says:

They also have this exact same screen made from nylon, so I can easily switch if necessary. Which material is safer to use… nylon or fiberglass screen? Manufacturers out there already make nylon mesh screen for bird cages to act as seed catcher but I needed to make a custom one since my cage is very large. Here I installed the screen seed catcher onto his small travel cage:

Also, my bird never climbs on the screen because he has tons of rope perches to climb to top of cage as shown here:

He also doesn’t chew on the screen, caught him doing it couple of time but it hasn’t been problematic.

Thanks for your input

Hi Juliet,
I would ask at a pet store about this. I am not a bird expert so I really can't say. Personally I would think that fiberglass was NOT a good idea, but only if the bird chews on it.

Better to be safe then sorry. There are a lot of bird experts in here so you can re-post this question to one of them that may have used one of these.

Just look under the Pets> birds category.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!


I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

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