how do you clean a bird

Because birds both eat and defecate in their cages, it is essential to keep their cages as clean as possible. Dirt, dust, fecal matter, bits of food, and feather dander constantly accumulate on the cage and everything in it.

What should I line my bird’s cage with?

The bottom of the cage should be lined with disposable paper such as newspaper or paper towels that can be thrown away every day. Newsprint is now free of lead, so it is non-toxic to birds, even if they chew on it. White birds that insist on playing in the newspaper may get grey newsprint on their feathers, but this is easily washed off. The sandpaper cage liners sold in the pet stores should not be used, as birds may pick off the sand and ingest it, possibly causing gastrointestinal tract obstructions.

For a variety of reasons, it is not advised to use wood shavings, clay, cat litter, shredded or recycled paper, or corncob bedding.

  • If consumed by your bird, they are indigestible and may result in impaction or blockage of the digestive system.
  • Certain bedding materials may contain dust that irritates the respiratory system, particularly those made of aromatic pines and cedars.
  • Because it gets expensive to throw out and replace every day, many owners forget to change the cage with these products, which leads to the accumulation of food waste and stool on the bottom of the cage. Wet bedding and old feces are breeding grounds for fungus, which can cause extremely dangerous respiratory health problems.
  • With these particulate cage bottom coverings, it is nearly hard to keep an eye on the feces’ color, consistency, and wetness—all of which can be significant indicators of a bird’s health.

Your parrot can clean himself by preening and bathing as usual if he gets muddy or stained with sticky food (like fruit). If the stains appear to be difficult to remove, you can help by using a mist sprayer to apply water to him.

Some stains or contaminants in feathers, like oils and paints, can be more difficult to remove and may pose a risk to the bird if it is flying freely. A very mild soap can be used to gently wash hand-tamed birds. You can ask your local bird group or veterinarian for advice on the best liquid for your species of parrot. Pet supply stores frequently carry bird-friendly options.

When using soap on your own, make sure it never gets in the bird’s eyes. It is imperative that the soap you use is non-toxic because the parrot will undoubtedly swallow some of it while doing this. It’s best to let a veterinarian handle it if your parrot is not tame or if the stain is difficult to remove (tar or oil-based paints, for example). The parrot can then be sedated before cleaning.

A freshly cleaned bird will typically shake and shiver for a few minutes. This is normal and doesn’t indicate that the bird is extremely cold; rather, it’s his method of teasing out tangled feathers and producing additional heat to speed up the drying process. To expedite the process, resist the urge to use a hair dryer and refrain from towel-drying the bird, as this may cause damage to its feathers.

How do I clean my bird’s cage?

At least once a week, the entire cage needs to be cleaned, washed, or scrubbed down using hot water and a non-toxic disinfecting soap. The majority of disinfectants need to sit on the surface for 15 minutes before being thoroughly brushed off. After using any soap or disinfectant, it is imperative to rinse with fresh water.

Every day, dishes for food and water should be cleaned in the same way. Before exposing your bird to chemicals, make sure all chemical residues have been cleaned off the cage, accessories, and feeding utensils. Dishes made of ceramic, metal, and most thick plastics can be cleaned in a dishwasher.

Because they are porous materials, bamboo, wicker, and wood cannot be properly cleaned or sterilized. Since dirt and bacteria can enter these items deeply, it is recommended to replace them—including the perches—every six to twelve months.

Replace toys composed of rawhide, rope, or fabric every two to six months. Make sure there aren’t any loose strings in your bird’s rope toy or fabric toy that could snag its body parts every day. As previously mentioned, these items should also undergo thorough cleaning and disinfection once a week or as needed.

FAQ

How do you wash a bird?

Use only plain, clear water: Although some pet supply companies market commercial “bird shampoos,” the best and safest way to bathe your bird is with plain water. Birds produce a special oil that they preen their feathers with, and this oil can be stripped through the use of soaps or detergents.

Is it safe to wash a bird?

Bathing keeps birds’ feathers and skin healthy and spreads their natural oils. You should provide your pet bird with access to water for splashing around in at least once a week. Only bathe a bird in daytime hours so that birds are dry before going to sleep.

How often should I clean my bird?

However, as a general rule of thumb, you should clean your bird’s cage at least once a week. If you have a larger bird, then you might need to clean their cage more frequently. Also, make sure to clean up any messes or droppings as soon as you see them to ensure that bacteria or germs do not accumulate.

How do you clean a bird to eat?

Using a clean knife, make a small lateral incision on the underside of the breast and then pull the skin and feathers off the carcass. From the top side, cut down both sides of the back, starting near the head and cutting through to the last rib.