I'm asking this in an attempt to dissuade my grandmother from smoking her cigarettes in the same room as her hyacinth macaw, Jimmy. She's had the big guy for more than 20 years, and she sits chain-smoking with the parrot loose in the same room (she smokes 60 strong, unfiltered cigs a day sometimes).
He seems in good health and doesn't seem to mind it (never noticed him coughing or sneezing), but I guess that passive smoking isn't any better for birds than it is for people (sometimes it's like you can cut the smoke with a knife in that room). So guys, what are the risks to Jimmy's health? Aside from the whole 'he might get lung cancer one day' thing? I don't know much about birds, so be nice to me... Emotion: smile

Aside from living with a smoker, Jimmy seems like a really happy, well-adjusted and playful bird.
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Jimmy will probably outlive your grandmother, Richard. Al
I'm asking this in an attempt to dissuade my grandmother from smoking her cigarettes in the same room as her ... nice to me... Emotion: smile Aside from living with a smoker, Jimmy seems like a really happy, well-adjusted and playful bird.

Well you will certainly get many post's from people saying that it's very bad for the bird. Since anyone with more than 2 brain cells knows full well what smoking does, your Grandmother knows full well what she is doing and is choosing to do so anyway. Nothing wrong with that, it's her life. Do you really think if you get 20 people on the net to say "this is bad" that she is going to care?

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Benjamin Franklin
I'm asking this in an attempt to dissuade my grandmother ... Jimmy seems like a really happy, well-adjusted and playful bird.

Well you will certainly get many post's from people saying that it's very bad for the bird. Since anyone with ... think if you get 20 people on the net to say "this is bad" that she is going to care?

I was actually hoping that there might be some scientific research that someone could point me towards that I could show her. She loves the bird and I don't think she'd really want him to suffer if she knew she could be causing him serious harm.
I looked after Jimmy for a few days last month - his feathers smelt like an ashtray but he didn't seem to have anything else wrong with his breathing and like I said, he wasn't coughing or sneezing and his nose was not snotty. I've seen him with my gran - he actually tries to take a puff of the smoke from the end of her cigarette (nicotine addict?). I don't really think that this is a good thing, yet apart from the smoking, she spends loads of time with him and looks after him really well (she's had him since he was a baby). He's a gorgeous bird and incredibly gentle for such a big bird with a big beak - he can crack walnuts and brazil nuts with ease.
Jimmy will probably outlive your grandmother, Richard.

How long do these guys usually live anyway? Someone told me that they can live to see 120 years old.
Oh you bet Richard,, if second had smoke kills humans, it does it for animals and birds also.. good luck
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Jimmy will probably outlive your grandmother, Richard.

How long do these guys usually live anyway? Someone told me that they can live to see 120 years old.

The large Parrots "can" live as long as humans. Chances are good the bird will outlive her.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Benjamin Franklin
I was actually hoping that there might be some scientific research that someone could point me towards that I could ... gentle for such a big bird with a big beak - he can crack walnuts and brazil nuts with ease.[/nq]LOL, so you mean you could not find any articles on second hand smoke on the net huh? Did you have a blind fold on when you searched? Or do you mean articles showing birds suffer from this? If that's what you are after you may not find it. Not a lot of money to be made doing the research. Unless she lives in a cave or is severely "mentally challenged" she knows full well what she is doing. Of course the bird looks fine. People can smoke for 20 30 or 40 years and look fine too.

It is her pet, she chooses to expose the bird to smoke she knows will more than likely shorten his life, just as it will hers. Showing her stuff on the net is more than likely a waste of time. The bird does have a well deserved nick name as the "gentle giant" because they do have a reputation as being very good pets. They are one Macaw that could if it chose to, probably remove a finger. They can bond very well with humans, and make a great pet.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Benjamin Franklin
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