Hemp Bedding, Grow Mats & Blocks
We changed the serama bantams' bedding. It is now hemp instead of clay.
Our last clay litter (a different brand) was so very dusty and it made them itchy, so they would dust bathe, which made more dust and round and round it went. It was not as good at keeping the smell down either, even though it was 100% bentonite like the "virtually dustless" stuff was.
Unfortunately, the hemp bag contained pelleted hemp. It still cuts down on the smell, but in that form is essentially pressed dust. 😬 We haven't tried it in the litter boxes yet, but think it will be okay there...just not the greatest form for birds.
We will buy another type from another Canadian company next time, along with hemp pads (a roll is cheapest) for making nest box liners for hens outside and for the bottom of the hedgehog pen. That hemp bedding is really good stuff. I like that in other forms that it should be dustless, repels bugs, keeps warmth, absorbs all smell (ammonia & otherwise), absorbs a lot of liquid (important for some animal litter/bedding), chemical-free, and is very biodegradable. It has other benefits too, but I will leave that up to all of you to look up.
It is very expensive, so you have to do your homework. On the other hand, you won't be changing it as often either.
@silvertipgrizz certainly look into this bedding for your parrot.