It’s the time of the year again when the cold air warms up and all the snow melts away. We get to witness the leaves as they grow and autumn flowers flaunt their beauty. We get to open our windows to welcome fresh air into our homes. But then again, it is also the time when pet bird owners are obliged to deep clean their surroundings. While that sounds like a daunting job, the task can still be made easier and faster. How?
It’s simple. Do not let all the mess build up. Familiarize everything about your birds, from their characteristics to their natural behaviour. It is then when you will realize that spring-cleaning is not really as bad as you think. In fact, it could be very fun and exciting!
Let’s learn more about how to make spring cleaning easier with the tips below.
1. Find those ‘hot spots’!
If you keep your pet birds inside the bird cage, you can easily get rid of the droppings of your winged-pals, especially if the cage has built-in removable trays. But if you allow them to fly freely, expect the droppings to be everywhere. Even so, there is that one ‘hot spot’ you need to keep an eye to.
Basically, this hot spot is where birds usually like to leave their droppings. So to make cleaning a less tedious task, put newspapers or other linings underneath it. If unavailable, you can even get some sheets of vinyl flooring at your local hardware to keep cleaning at a minimum!
2. Clean those toys.
Your pet birds’ toys are something you should not take for granted. These things could still put your pet’s life at risk.
When cleaning plastic bird toys, you can simply wash them in the dishwasher for cleaning. But if the toys are made of materials like leather, wood, or cotton, make sure to discard them immediately as soon as they are soiled. Do not attempt to wash them. It’s not worth it.
Before you even purchase a toy for your pet, always consider the safety of your birds. If it has a rope material, it must be untreated with chemicals. Sisal, natural cotton, and vegetable tanned leather make excellent options.
3. Clean the bird cage, too.
Nowadays, there are plenty of bird cage cleaning products available in pet stores that promise clean and sparkling results. But do not be deceived by such advertisements as most of those products contain chemicals that are dangerous for birds. It is rather better to clean the cage with the materials you have in stock at home than purchase commercial cleaning products.
When cleaning the bird cage, start by taking out all the items inside it – toys, food and water bowls, and perches. Place them in the dishwasher for cleaning. But if an item is too large, you can bring it into the shower and soak it in hot water to easily wipe away the debris.
Also, it is worth noting that the risk of cross-contamination is so high. So make sure you have several containers, rags, and sponges with you. Always begin with a fresh batch of cleaning solution and another one for rinsing.
4. Protect your flock.
Every year, millions of birds die because of striking clear glass; hence windows are considered hazards to them. That being said, it is advised to apply special labels that reflect UV sunlight to the windows.
Since these decals are virtually invisible to humans, they won’t affect our view of the outside. At the same time, we will have the assurance that the birds are safe because they are designed for such purpose.
You can inquire about these decals in the nearest hardware. You can also ask local pet shops. For sure, they can give recommendations as to where you can obtain the best quality decals.
5. Avoid bird strikes.
Of course, feeding birds are wondrous sights during spring. That is why we often prepare some good bed and breakfast for free-flying birds.
Unfortunately, according to statistics, bird strikes are common in areas near bird feeders. This is because when feeding birds feel threatened or scared, they’ll take an evasive flight. So it would be best to position feeders at least 30 feet from the windows.
Nonetheless, you can still have a wonderful view of feeding birds in some other ways. Download a copy of the eBook below to find out how.
We can never stop the world from spinning; so is the time for spring cleaning. Regardless if you look forward to spring or wait for it with dreadfulness, just take things one-step at a time. Look at the brighter side of life. After all, you are not just doing this for your pet birds. With these little tips, you can say ‘Hello’ to the new season with a big wide smile.