Additional notes & quotes from a bird forum…

“also they love fresh branches of eucalyptus this can keep them busy for hours pulling all the leaves off and just enjoying all the gum nuts.”

“Another toy treat that my birds love are branches. I try to put new types of bird-safe branches in their when I can. We always put a eucalyptus or basil branch in the cages before friends come over so that the birds smell good.”

“My eclectus loves to shred the leaves, then peel the bark, and then destroy the branch. She will work on it for hours.”

“Zsa Zsa’s favorite plants are eucalyptus, gardenia, basil, bamboo and hibiscus flowers. We just cut them off of the plant, spray them off with a hose, let them dry, and put them right in the cage. She loves to eat the flowers first, then tear up the leaves, and then tear off the bark. She will spend hours on it. She screams when I come in the house with branches.”

“last week I filled their cages up with some fresh eucalyptus branches which they enjoyed stripping”

“I put eucalyptus leaves under my furniture.. it is a natural way to keep those fleas away.”

“We used eucalyptus bark in the planter and it really kept the cats out.”

Eucalyptus and Sugar Gliders

The ISGA (International Sugar Gliders Association) has designated that Eucalyptus Globulus aka Blue Gum (the only kind we grow and sell) is a “Safe Plant” for sugar gliders.

According to the Tasmanian Primary Industries and Water Department: “Sugar gliders have a sweet tooth – their diet consists of flower nectar, acacia gum, eucalypt sap and insects. One study of a Victorian population showed that individuals spent about 43% of their foraging time feeding on gum, 12% on eucalypt sap and 28% on searching for invertebrates.” and that they are: “well adapted to a diet of eucalypt leaves…”