Parrots require special attention and taking care of them demands extra effort than taking care of other kinds of pets.
The fact that the birds are naturally wild means that if you have to keep them in captivity, a lot of effort is required to keep them happy and healthy.
In the wild, birds are generally very clean. When you restrict their movement by housing them in a cage, staying clean may become an issue.
But they still require a clean environment, for the sake of their health and happiness. It becomes your responsible of the parrot owner to keep the cage clean and maintain it properly.
Without doing this, you will have an unhappy parrot. The health of your parrot will also be jeopardized if the cage is not properly maintained.
The type of parrot and the size of the cage may have an influence on your maintenance schedule, but there are general rules that apply in every situation.
We will consider some of these general rules as we provide tips that can help you on daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
1. Daily Maintenance
On a daily basis, there are some cleanings you must perform to eliminate the chances of infections.
Though parrots are strong and hardly get sick, you don’t want to take any chances with your beloved pet. Here are some tips for daily maintenance:
2. Clean the Food and Water Dishes
Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of caring for your bird. In addition to providing good food, you need to present it in a clean and safe manner.
It is essential that you remove the food and water bowl, get rid of whatever is left in them, and wash them before putting new food and fresh water for the bird.
You should use a mild detergent for washing. Rinse properly and dry before using to serve the bird again. This will eliminate any chances of bacterial growth in the dishes.
3. Change the Cage Liner
There are lots of unpleasantness about an unchanged cage liner. It is disgusting for birds to walk around in unwanted food particles and their droppings.
It can also encourage bacterial growth that will expose the birds to infections. An unchanged cage paper can also pollute the air with foul odour. It is essential to remove the liner on a daily basis.
4. Wipe Down Surfaces
It doesn’t take much time to wipe surfaces of your parrot’s cage. Use a damp rag to spot clean the surfaces to keep the cage neat. This can take seconds or a minute to do and you should endeavour to do that daily.
5. Weekly Maintenance
There are some details you will often fail to properly take care of when you clean your parrot’s cage daily.
Decide on a particular day in the week when you will dedicate more time to maintaining the cage. Here are some tips to follow on a weekly basis:
6. Wash the Tray
It’s true that you cover the tray with liners, but you will notice that they don’t fully prevent droppings and food particles from getting to the tray.
You also do not want anything that will encourage growth of microorganisms in your parrot’s cage, so you need to wash the tray.
Do this weekly and ensure that the tray is dry before putting it back.
7. Get the Perches Clean
Germs can come from some of the unlikeliest places and perches are some of the ones you should look out for.
They are potential breeding grounds for microbes, so you have to get them clean at least ones in a week. After washing, make sure they are dry before returning to the cage.
It is always better if you have many of these so that you can change them from time to time.
8. Clean the Toys
Parrots need toys to keep them busy to beat boredom. Since they use their beaks to play with the toys, it is necessary to keep the toys clean. This should be a weekly affair.
Remove the toys, soak it and scrub them. Rinse and make sure they are dry before returning them to the cage. It is also important to have different toys so that you can alternate them for the bird.
9. Monthly Maintenance
Daily and weekly maintenance may keep your parrot cage in a great shape but to give it that extra care that will keep it in great shape and extend its lifespan, you have to devise a more thorough maintenance schedule on a monthly basis.
Disassembling the entire cage and soaking it all up is the best way to get it clean on a monthly basis, but there are some other things to take note of if proper maintenance is what you want to do. Here are some tips to help you:
10. Use a Good Brush and Cleaning Agent
Without a strong brush, it will be impossible to get the cage properly clean. Make sure you buy a sturdy brush that will wash well and last long.
The detergent must also be an original and safe one. There are cage cleaners made by reputed chemical companies. Get only the best ones for the best experience.
11. Be Mindful of the Cracks
There are always some cracks and crevices in parrot cages, and these places provide the ideal environment for germs to grow.
Pay attention to these places during your monthly clean-ups to make sure that they are very clean. Also concentrate at the angles where the bars are welded.
12. Take Care to Rinse Properly and Dry
Cleaners and detergents shouldn’t cling to the parrot’s cage so ensure that you rinse completely after each wash.
Wipe the cage after the wash and let it dry properly before returning the bird to its home.
Proper maintenance of parrot’s cage is not only meant to keep the cage clean and durable.
The lifespan of your bird can also be influenced by how serious you take the maintenance of the cage.
We have discussed some tips that can be useful for proper maintenance of parrot cages on daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Follow the tips and enhance the quality of living of your parrot.