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How to clean the bird's cage

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Wow, it's hard to keep clean bird cages, especially if we have more than one animal inside. That is why I share some practical advice on how to clean bird cages and that in this way you can keep a house clean and pleasant.

Tips to take into account

If the cage is large, you don't need to remove the cage tray every time you need to clean. In addition to being a tedious task for you, you subject your bird to a lot of stress, which is noticeable when it starts to flutter throughout the cage.

For clean the cage base, What you can do is always have a container with water nearby so you can throw it on the base and thus eliminate the feces of your bird as often as necessary. It is very important to get rid of feces to prevent insects from coming near that contaminate your bird's food and make it sick.

If your cage is small or inside the house, it is clear that you can not throw water to clean it since you would wet your interior space, what you can do is put underneath the floor, a large container, a bag or newspaper. Then with a brush you sweep the cage inside and pass a wet cloth to remove any dirt that may be attached.

General recommendations

Keep in mind that it is always better to put your bird inside the juala, food tanks that are removable, those that are already attached to the cage are more difficult to clean and are always dirty because access to them by cage doors it's very complicated.

Remember to always remove from the bird food containers, the remains that remain above and that make it difficult for the birds to take the seeds or the food that remains below.

Change your bird's water regularly, especially if it is exposed outdoors and not in a closed container.

If you put fresh food, check after a few minutes to remove food debris to avoid attracting insects and bad odors.

Learn about how to clean a cage It is crucial to give your house a good look, especially if you have the cage inside the house and not in the garden. But remember that the most important reason to be careful with the toiletbird cages It is their health.

Like our home, the bird's cage must maintain minimum hygiene conditions, a "magazine" state for which it is convenient to know some tricks

One of the pets that, a priori, seems easier to adopt, are the birds: do not need too much space to live and develop, do not get dirty (supposedly) and are not associated with certain diseases No allergies - as is usually done in the case of dogs and cats or other furry companions. However, these are animals for whose care you will have to know a series of health, feeding, exercise and even guidelines hygienic. And it is in the latter that we will focus today, because keeping our bird's cage in perfect condition will help us prevent pathologies and problems that are more serious.

Guidelines to clean the cage

Be a forecaster Place a newspaper on the base, on the tray, that you will change at least twice a week. In the market you will also find substrates and absorbent sands, very similar to those of cat, which will end bad smells.

He drinking fountain The bird is a constant source of bacteria and infections. To avoid them, change the water daily and clean it well. Try to have the appropriate dimensions (the larger, the better) and access the most difficult parts using a small old toothbrush. Apart from the proliferation of microorganisms in the aquatic environment and of the aforementioned health problems, the still water could attract insects and the like. A nuance: when you install them, try not to fall below swings, or hangers, so that the bowel movements do not fall inside.

In summerLikewise, we usually include a container with water so that they have the option to cool off if it is very hot, a custom-made pool whose content we must renew daily, as in the previous case. Regarding your disposition, we will follow identical rules.

Avoid filling the feeders, it is better that you remove them: yes, we already know that it is more comfortable, but it is worth being a little aware to avoid the proliferation of germs in your food.

On the other hand, there are many presumed birds that love to look and groom themselves in front of the mirror, a accessory whose investment we enjoy just seeing them "chat" and peck in front of their image. Of course, it is an add-on that gets dirty easily, and that you should remove at least once a week. The same thing happens with the rest of the toys, since it is easy for swings and ropes to get stained with feces.

If your little winged are in breeding season and / or have had chicks, be careful, because the inside of the nest is sacred. Don't even think about touching it until the process is over.

Take special care with products that you use, cleaning is not synonymous with aggressive chemicals. Decide for one that does not leave too much smell (the animal is very sensitive), quality, and reduced toxicity. If you can get a specific one, all the better. Chlorhexidine - an antimicrobial - is ideal. Rinse the containers and accessories several times to eliminate any harmful debris. The dishwasher is perhaps the best alternative.

For one deep cleaning You must change your bird from the cage. Put it under the shower, rub it with a scourer with soap and dry it immediately with paper towels so it doesn't rust. If you leave it for an hour, the better.

Apart from the aforementioned and despite our recommendations, it is common to find birds that are stressed when their owners clean "their house". Reducing the hygienic frequency is not an option, so try to do it as quickly as possible and consult the veterinarian to get your little bird to have a gleaming home Without having a bad time.

Águeda A. Llorca Bravo
Journalist and photographer

How to clean the bird's cage is a tip for Birds, and talks about Health and Hygiene.

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