One of the keys to good bird health is keeping its cage, equipment, and inventory clean. Set a specific schedule and you will see that daily and weekly cleaning is quick and efficient. You will receive moral satisfaction, realizing that the bird will be happier and healthier.
When you clean the cage, make sure there is something in it that indicates a bird’s disease.. Also remove anything that could be a potential threat from the cage.
Inspecting the cage during harvesting, answer the following questions:
– Does the bird eat a normal amount of food?
– Are there any burnt food leftovers in the cage?
– Are stools normal in quantity and quality?
– Are there any feathers? Do they look normal?
– Are there spoiled toys and do they need replacing?
– Is the cell lattice normal?
Litter. Litter at the bottom of the cell should be changed daily. Newspaper (with black print, as colored paint may be toxic) and other paper is well suited as a litter, as it is clearly visible litter. For small birds some owners put several layers of paper and remove only the top sheet during cleaning. If you decide to follow suit, make sure the remaining sheets are clean.
Dishes. The feeder and drinker should be washed with hot water and soap and dried thoroughly. To make the dishes cleaner, many wash them in the dishwasher or use disinfectants. Be careful not to leave traces of detergents on the dishes. The feeder must be completely dry before the feed is placed in it., as raw grains or granules quickly mold. In order not to throw away the rest of the feed, give the bird only the amount of food that it will eat before the next dishwashing.
You can have two sets of dishes – while one is washing, the other is used in a cage. Do not wash bird dishes where food is prepared. It is recommended to use stainless steel and hard plastic cookware, as it is easy to wash and can withstand exposure to hot water and disinfectants.
If you use bottle type drinker, wash it with a bottle brush. If you have two or more such drinkers, then washing will become easier.
Inventory. If there is a bird bath in the cage, it should be removed, washed with hot water and soap or a disinfectant, rinsed well and filled with clean water.
Any droppings on the poles and toys should be removed.
Sweep or vacuum the area around the cage to remove fallen seeds, feathers, and other debris. In collecting such garbage, a special cage stand will help, which must be emptied daily. If there is a carpet in the room, then a plastic mat can be put under it under the cage, which is easy to shake and wash.
Weekly and monthly cleaning
How often you have to do a spring cleaning depends on the number and type of your birds, the size of the cage, how much time the birds spend in the cage, etc. Typically, a cage with large birds, such as lorikeets, needs to be thoroughly cleaned every week. For small birds monthly cleaning will be enough.
The general cleaning process can be divided into 7 stages
1. Prepare your inventory. Keep everything in one place so you don’t look for anything. You can purchase a plastic container and put in it everything you may need for cleaning. You will need the following:
– Cage litter material,
– Paper towels or napkins,
– Rags for washing cages,
– Bird safe disinfectant
– Surface brush and / or old toothbrush.
When cleaning, place a bin near the cage to simplify the process.
2. Take the bird to a safe place, it is best to transfer it to another cage and take it to another room so that it does not get poisoned by a pair of cleaning products. Remove all toys and equipment from the cage.
3. Remove any leftover feed and droppings. Wash the cage with hot water and soap. Some owners put the cage in a bath or shower and use a hand shower to rinse it well. Rinse the cage well with plain water, then with a disinfectant. Rinse thoroughly and dry thoroughly before replacing clean toys and poles. If possible, dry the cage in the sun.
Rinse off droppings with toys and ordinary dishwashing detergents. It will help you remove sandpaper from wooden surfaces. Then wash everything with plain water and rinse. Some owners wash toys and poles in the dishwasher. Toys and poles made of rope or fabric can be washed in the washing machine. Then sanitize everything and rinse well. Toys and poles need to be completely dried before returning them to the cage. If possible, air dry them. You will save a lot of time if you have two sets of toys and poles. While one kit dries, put the other in a cage. Throw away broken poles and toys.
4. Wash the pan on which the cage stands and the surface below it. A tiled floor, tile or plastic rug needs to be washed and disinfected. Check the walls as well, as food and all that can stick to it.
5. Put all the dried accessories back into the cage, lay a clean litter, put food in the feeder, pour clean water into the drinker and compliment yourself by putting your pet in a sparkling clean house.
Care must be taken to select a bird cage sanitizer. It must be strong enough to kill pathogenic bacteria and fungus, but not harm the birds. Birds are very sensitive to toxic fumes, so when using disinfectants, remove the bird to another room.
Although there are many disinfectants available on the market, it is best to use regular bleach.
Dilute 200 ml of bleach in 5 l of water and wash the cage and equipment with this solution. The product should be in contact with surfaces for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water, especially wooden parts. For your safety, work with bleach solution in a well-ventilated area. It is also recommended to use rubber gloves and goggles.
Memo. It is very important to remove food residues and droppings from the cage before using a disinfectant, as organic material reduces its effectiveness. So pre-rinse everything with a dishwashing detergent, rinse well, and only then use a disinfectant.