Cleaning out the bird’s cage can be quite tedious at first, what not with its bars, cracks, crevices, and other parts of the cage that requires scrubbing. New bird owners will find it hard in figuring out where to start with cleaning the birdcage.
This is why it’s important to set and adhere to a cleaning schedule for your bird’s cage. This is essential as the more you get used to cleaning your bird’s cage with this schedule, you can keep the job as easy as possible, meaning it will be less tedious for you to handle.
Here at Starcage Pets, we are here to help you with a simple breakdown process of taking care of your bird’s cage on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This will help save you time, energy, and ensure that your bird will always have a clean and comfortable cage to live in, making your bird the happiest bird in town!
Cleaning Your Bird Cage Daily
If you leave your bird’s cage dirty without proper daily cleaning, it could pose many serious health problems to your birds. Certain kinds of cleaning must be done daily to minimize your bird’s risk of getting infected.
1 Change The Cage Liner Daily
It is unhealthy for birds (or other pets) to walk around on discarded food or droppings. It can also lead to an unpleasant stench that can make your bird sick.
2 Provide Clean Food and Water Dishes Daily
In the morning, remove your bird’s leftover food and water bowls and wash them with mild dish soap. This helps to eliminate any bacteria growth on the bowls that can harm your pet. Make sure to rinse and dry them before placing them back in your bird’s cage.
3 Wipe Down Any Surfaces That Your Bird Comes Into Contact With
Use a damp rag or a paper towel to clean any surfaces of the cage such as bars, perches, and toys. You can also use a bird-safe cage cleaner to clean stubborn stains or messes.
Cleaning Your Bird Cage Weekly
Choose a day to spend on cleaning the cage entirely. Perhaps on a Sunday evening or Saturday morning, this will also give your bird’s the understanding that it’s a weekly cage cleaning day. This will help reduce the chance of germs and bacteria from being residence with your bird.
1 Wash The Cage’s Tray
Remove the tray once a week and scrub it with a damp rage and cage cleaner. Make sure that it’s completely dry before putting the liners back in and replacing it.
2 Remove and Scrub The Grate
Some bird cages have a grate at the bottom of the cage that hangs suspended over the tray so that the droppings fall through the bottom. The grate should be removed and cleaned once a week to remove dried droppings that may have accumulated over the week. Use a brush to scrub the grate to remove all the waste. Make sure it’s dry before you return it to the cage.
3 Clean and Change The Perches
Perches can also be a place for dirt and waste to accumulate and is a potential breeding ground for bacteria. They should be soaked and scrubbed once a week to remove any germs that are hiding inside there. Wooden perches might take a while to dry after they have been cleaned to have a few perches on hand to make sure your bird has somewhere to perch on.
4 Clean and Rotate Toys
Remove any toys in the cage once a week and soak and scrub them to clean them from the inside out. It’s helpful to have a variety of toys on hand so that you can rotate the toys while the rest are being cleaned. This also helps with keeping your bird active and happy.
Cleaning Your Bird Cage Monthly
Clean the entire bird’s cage thoroughly once a month. If it’s not too big, you can bring the cage into the toilet to scrub and clean it after you have taken out the perches, toys, dishes, grate, and tray.
If your birdcage is larger, you might want to bring it outside your house and use a water hose to clean the cage by spraying it with water.
1 Use A Good Brush For Scrubbing
Get a sturdy brush with durable bristles to scrub the bars and the base of the cage. Use a cage cleaner to help break down any stain or material that is hard to get off.
2 Scrub The Cracks
The base of the birdcage more often than not has cracks and crevices that can be a town for bacteria to grow. That is why it’s ideal to use a scrub brush that can get to the edges with its bristles properly.
3 Rinse and Dry Thoroughly
Remember to rinse every inch of your birdcage so that there are no detergent or cleaner residue that might harm your bird. Wipe the cage with a towel before placing your bird inside as wet birds get chilled easily so you must make sure that the cage is dry.
Keep Your Birds Happy!
It only takes a few minutes of your day to keep your pets happy by cleaning their home and providing them with a clean environment to live in.
Remember that they rely on you to give them the good home that they deserve. By sticking to this schedule, you’ll soon find that this job takes minimal time and effort.
Make sure your bird’s home is fresh, tidy, and most importantly, germ-free!