If you don’t already own one, the first item on your buying list should be a cordless hand vacuum. A parrot’s primary life philosophy is that everything should be enjoyable, yet the word neat does not appear anywhere in the definition of fun.
Food will be found in areas where you have no clue how it got there. Dinners will be more enjoyable now since there’s nothing like attempting to eat while being bombarded by kidney beans, lima beans, peas, carrots…
Some birds are terrified of anything setting on a flat surface. As a result, everything on his play gym or the coffee table is thrown across the room. We won’t even delve into the havoc that a water cup may cause.
While parrots are messy, they are not filthy. Remember that the devastation that used to be a corner of your living room would ordinarily be spread out across many acres in the wild. Furthermore, the place where the parrot feeds and sleeps would not be preserved in this manner.
Domestic parrots must compress their territory into a few square feet, a space that is insufficient for play and cleaning. As a result, it is up to us to make up for this by keeping their tiny environment clean for them. A filthy habitat is the second greatest cause of parrot sickness and untimely mortality. Make it a habit to clean up after your bird on a daily basis.
Wipe out the cage and perch surfaces to remove any feces, old food, or dander. Every day, replace the food and water and clean the cups as you would your dishes. After all, you wouldn’t eat the same dish every night without cleaning it in between. Change the bottom of your bird’s cage on a daily or every other day basis.
I line the cages with white paper towels. They are absorbent and provide a good view of the bird’s droppings. Prepare to spend a significant amount of time scrutinizing bird excrement; a change in droppings is sometimes the first symptom of the disease. Newspaper with black ink makes an excellent cage liner. Wood or cedar shavings, corn cob, or gravel paper should never be used.
Indeed, we must use extreme caution… Using any one of a number of products that are easily accessible, your bird cages can be cleaned without risk.
Take your bird out.
PLEASE take your bird out of the cage before cleaning it, regardless of the cleaning product you use or what it says on the label of the product you use. Cleaning and invading their territory is a stressful time for them….also, I can’t imagine taking the danger that the bird would “get into” whatever you are cleaning with because it is a stressful time for both of you.
Clean up droppings.
Poop Off(tm) and California Cage Cleaner are both excellent products for cleaning up droppings, but in order to disinfect the cage, we need to use something that will not hurt the cage while also eliminating harmful bacteria and toxins.
Disinfect the cage.
Two of the most recommended items are the Oxyfresh washing Gel and the Oxyfresh disinfectant spray. You should use these products once a month to give the entire enclosure a thorough cleaning and disinfecting, and you should use them once a week to clean the perches, cage sides, and grates. At the very least, their enclosure should be cleaned once each week, and many people find that a solution of vinegar or soap and water works best for this task.
Rinse the cage.
Rinsing is one of the most essential steps in the cleaning and disinfecting process, and it is essential that you are aware of this fact no matter what cleaning or disinfecting product you use. Before putting your bird back in its cage, make sure that it has been thoroughly rinsed and dried in the sun or by using a towel. Chemical buildup can result in a more dangerous scenario than the birds’ natural germs.
Clean the parrot toys.
Toys should be switched out on a weekly basis, and they can be cleaned by first being submerged in water containing a mild detergent for five minutes, followed by submersion in clean water for half an hour, and then being rinsed well.
If you are fortunate enough to have a rack on your cage stand, you can lay a clean towel out on the rack and allow the toys to air dry in a bright, warm place (ideally the same area where your bird is!). If you are not so fortunate, you will need to find another location.
The sun’s rays are an excellent and all-natural disinfectant. Be wary of using any product that advertises itself as antibacterial, as these products include potentially harmful compounds that may not be totally removed by rinsing. It is recommended that you clean your toys with Oxyfresh Gel!
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