It is very important to clean your feathered friend’s cage thoroughly and regularly. This process will also help you timely notice the presence of ticks or other uninvited insects in your bird’s “home”.
Step 1: move the bird to a safe place: for example, to a spare cage or carrying. If the bird is well trained, and you have the opportunity to watch it all the time, it can be on the perch outside the cage.
Step 2: remove the feeder, drinking bowl and any other containers from the cage where there was food or drink. Put them in hot water for a while, and then wash with soap or special cleaning products for cages and bird accessories, rinse thoroughly several times with running water. Feeders used for fresh food (vegetables, fruits, etc.) must be removed and washed daily to prevent bacteria from multiplying.
Do not forget to pick up chalk during cleaning, so that it is not wet (it is necessary in the regular diet of poultry).
Step 3: remove the toys from the cage. Carefully inspect them for damage. Any damage to toys that could be potentially hazardous to the bird should be discarded or repaired if possible. Toys must also be washed with hot water.
Step 4: get the perch out of the cage.
Stone beams can be soaked in hot water and then brushed.
The ropes also need to be soaked in hot water, but they will need more time to dry.
When cleaning wooden poles and sticks, try to get by with a minimum amount of water, as the tree will dry and deform from water. They also dry for a long time.
Dry feces from poles can also be ground with a knife if dry and wet cleaning is not enough. You can polish the poles with sandpaper, but on the contrary, parrots like it when the surface is ribbed – it’s easier to cling to it with claws. Poles must be changed periodically, because they grind, swell.
Step 5: after all items have been removed from the cage, remove the tray and remove the excrement filler. Wash the pan thoroughly with hot water or special cleaning products for cages and bird accessories. Use a brush to remove all dirt from the pan and cage rods. Remember: birds are very sensitive to cleaning products, and if they are swallowed even a very small amount, this can lead to serious health problems.
Step 6: approximately once a month it is necessary to wash the entire cage. It is enough to rinse with hot water from the shower in the bathroom. It should be remembered that after several years of such irrigation and permanent wet cleaning, metal knitting needles lose their properties and rust forms in hard-to-reach places. It is necessary to monitor this and replace them with new ones in time.
Step 7: put the cage to dry. If the weather permits, dry it in the sun – this is a good additional method of disinfection.
Step 8: when you return objects to the cage, it is worth replacing toys or changing their places: this will give the bird new impressions and will be a prophylaxis of boredom, which sometimes leads to destructive behavior (tearing out feathers, etc.).