If you are a keen aviculturist or someone who is in practice holding and rearing birds for profit or simply keeping some species from early extinction, chances are you understand how absolutely important it is to make sure your bird cages are kept clean and well maintained. Maintaining a sanitary environment not only keeps your birds healthy and disease-free, it also keeps the peace that is a must, especially if you keep them for breeding.
A bird is a large enclosure that mimics a bird's natural habitat. Also called air cages, they allow birds to safely fly in a larger living space, which distinguishes it from an actual cage. Aviaries were once only found in public environments such as zoological gardens and parks but these days they can also be found within a residential interior. Whether you are keeping and breeding birds to save them from early extinction, for profit or for research purposes, keeping pure aviators will guarantee that you will accomplish your purpose for a long, long time.
To make your cleaning easier, you can divide it into daily cleaning tasks and weekly cleaning tasks. Your daily cleaning tasks may include changing floor coverings, changing water for drinking and bird baths, cleaning the bird's dishes and water containers and removing bird fillings from the perches. When cleaning their feed containers, make sure you use warm water and a mild soap but it is always recommended that you put your bird food containers in the dishwasher to properly disinfect them. Always top up your birds & # 39; food and water after each cleaning.
However, your weekly cleaning tasks may include cleaning walls, perches and nesting areas, as well as your aviary's plexiglass surfaces, again with warm water and mild soap. For the plexiglass or plastic surfaces, you can mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar for each 1 liter of water and place the solution in a spray bottle. Make sure you use soft cloths or rags when cleaning plastic surfaces so that you do not scratch them.
If you plan to disinfect the birds, make sure you move the birds first because harmful vapors can be dangerous to them. Household bleach works as a disinfectant, but if you want to be on the safe side, you can buy avenues from pet stores that are non-toxic. While different bird owners feel and think differently about transferring birds every time you need to clean the aviary, you must first of all do what is best for your feathered friends. If you feel that they are constantly being transferred during cleaning becomes too stressful for them, a less stressful technique may be to use a partition so that the birds stay on one side while cleaning the other half of the cage.
Most bird species adapt well to routine, so if you clean regularly and on a fixed schedule, it should create a less stressful environment for the birds and keep them from reacting aggressively every time you enter the cage to clean it. You also need to make sure that you, as always, do as a stranger can make the birds feel anxious. Cleaning your aviaries sometimes will feel like a daunting task, but keep in mind that the cleaner your aviaries are holding, the less you disinfect you need to do.