Keeping a pet bird in your apartment means you need to be able to maintain a clean, fresh-smelling home all the time. This will also help keep away parasites and bacteria that might make the bird sick. If you are a beginner, remember these tips to keep the aviary clean.
Do not place the food and water containers under the perches. The droppings can contaminate the food and water. Clean them daily by scrubbing them with a sponge. If there is a lot of soiling, soak it with hot water and mild dish detergent. Dry the dishes thoroughly before returning them to the cage.
Wipe the cage regularly. Wipe the interior and exterior of the cage with a clean, wet cloth. A wet sponge can also remove the dried debris. Dry the cage thoroughly.
Clean the bottom tray regularly. If you are using a bird cage with a tray that catches the droppings, clean it regularly with water and mild detergent then make sure it is dry before reattaching it.
Clean out the food debris and leftover. Make sure to pick up the food debris daily before turning in for the night. This will keep the uneaten food from spoiling and harboring bacteria in the cage.
Change the water daily. Always make sure that your bird has fresh water. Rinse out the droppings and food debris that might have gotten into the dishes.
Reexamine the toys and attachments. Once a month, you should check the interior of the cage and all the attachments and accessories inside. There could be loose or broken parts that might injure the bird. Check the perches and remove the debris that you have missed during the cleaning.
Clean all the accessories. When inspecting the items in the cage, you should clean them with a brush and mild detergent. Dry thoroughly before returning them to the cage. If you are using wood perches, which is the most ideal perch for birds, use sandpaper to clean them.
Rearrange the toys and furniture. Once a month, you might have to replace or rearrange the perches to keep the bird from getting bird. Cycle toys with a new batch every few months, too.
Clean the toys regularly. When you cycle the toys, make sure to clean the old ones if you are planning to use them again. Discard broken toys that your bird might choke on.
Change the cage liners daily. You might have to remove the topmost layer daily to remove the accumulated droppings and leftover food. If it seems like a lot of work, add several layers of liners every month so that you will only need to remove the top.
Remove vegetation around the aviary. If it is an outdoor aviary, make sure that the cage is not surrounded by plants because these can be home to parasites and bacteria.
Do not use harsh chemicals. If possible, use only hot water with a few drops of dish detergent to clean the cage and the other items. Do not use other chemicals that will be toxic to your pet.