As our pet birds both eat and defecate in their cages, it is essential to keep their cages as clean.
The bottom of their cage should be lined with a disposable paper such as newspaper or paper towel that can be thrown away every day.
The sandpaper sold in the pet stores to line the bottom of the cage, wood chips and shavings, clay, shredded or recycled paper, and corncob bedding should not be used, as can cause impaction or obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.
Dirt, dust, faecal matter, bits of food and feather dander accumulate constantly on the cage. Therefore, the entire cage should be scrubbed down weekly with a non-toxic disinfectant soap and hot water. Most disinfectants should be allowed to sit wet for 15 minutes on the surface being cleaned. A thorough brushing followed by freshwater rinse is essential after applying any soap or disinfectant. Food and water dishes should be cleaned in the same fashion and should be washed and rinsed well daily.
Wood, wicker, and bamboo are porous materials that are impossible to sterilize and dirt and bacteria can penetrate these materials, therefore, it is advisable to replace these items (including perches) every 6 - 12 months. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of these items should also be done weekly or as needed, as described above.
What disinfectants are safe to use?
Many kinds of disinfectants can kill a variety of germs including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Several disinfectants safe for birds are commercially available. Discuss specific cleaning requirements with your veterinarian.
Dr Terry Martin is a highly experienced and knowledgeable Avian Vet. If you have a canary, cockateil, budgie, parrot, macaw, cockatoo, finches, alexandrine, peach faced lovebirds, conure, chicken or any other feathered friend, Dr Terry is the Vet for your pet. Please call Middle Road Veterinary Hospital, Greenbank on 38021155.
Middle Road Veterinary Hospital look after pets in Greenbank, Boronia Heights, Hillcrest, Forestdale, Park Ridge, Regents Park, Parkinson, New Beith, Springfield Lakes, Browns Plains and Munruben areas.
Middle Road Vet Hospital is in the Logan area, which includes areas mentioned above aswell as Logan, Loganholme, Springwood, Chambers Flat, Slacks Creek, Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Logan Village, Yarrabilba, Beenleigh, Slacks Creek, Shailer Park, Crestmead, Marsden, Loganlea, Logan Reserve, Waterford West, North MacLean, Sunnybank to mention a few