Caring a Bird Cage
Who doesn’t love birds? They are both cute and majestic in a small package. Most of us would want a little bird friend in our homes. Perhaps you already have a bird in your life. Or maybe, you had a bird, but you lost your friend in the past. Whether you have experienced such an unfortunate thing before, or not, you surely would not want to go through this in the future, especially because of something you could prevent.
Birds are delicate creatures to have as pets for sure. So, they require some special care. To prevent the chances of losing your bird friend because of a sickness, feeding your birds well is not enough. You also take good care of where they live, especially their birdcage.
Here, we will have a look at how you should take care of a birdcage to provide the best conditions for your little friends. Let’s see what you should consider while choosing a birdcage and how to take care of a birdcage.
How to Pick a Good Bird Cage?
First of all, we should go through the basics. As choosing the right birdcage affects the majority of the things you need to do to take care of it, you need to make sure that your birdcage is not dangerous for your bird.
- It may seem obvious to you, but one often overlooked thing about the birdcages is the size. Your bird might be so small that you would think it just needs a small space to live happily. But you should make sure that your bird has a big enough birdcage to jump around and open its wings wide. Otherwise, your bird can hurt itself while moving around or become depressed.
- You should make sure that your cage is built strong enough so that even if your bird is a strong one, it can’t damage it and create dangerous parts in its cage.
- An ideal birdcage would be made out of a sturdy material such as steel, as opposed to a wooden or plastic cage. A steel cage would be strong enough that a bird cannot easily break off pieces from it. Otherwise, those broken pieces can be swallowed by birds and hurt them. And if your bird manages to break a hole in the cage it can hurt itself while trying to get out through it.
- For similar reasons, your bird’s cage also should not have any parts that are made out of toxic material. As birds tend to nibble on things around their cage, they can eventually break pieces from the decorations or the cage’s paint. If the material of these pieces is toxic to ingest, they can harm your bird severely.
Also, remember that birds have sensitive psychology. And the cage they live in affects their psychology the most. The cage decorations, the cage size, and the place you put it, all have effects on your bird.
- As we mentioned before, the size of the cage is very important. A cage that is too small can cause not only physical injuries but also psychological problems. Imagine yourself inside a small closet, compared to a normal living room. So, you should change your birdcage for a bigger one if it seems too small, or just big enough for your bird.
- The door of the cage also needs to be as wide as possible. This is not only important to prevent your bird from getting hurt when you are taking it in and out of the cage. But it is also important to make your bird feel more comfortable for getting in and out of its cage by itself.
- Also, make sure you do not hang the cage too high or too low from your chest height. Most birds are social creatures, and they enjoy to be the same eye level as you. Putting the cage too low can make a bird more scared when you get close to the cage, as you will be a tall and scary presence from the bird’s perspective. Even when your bird is very accustomed to you, it will struggle more to get close to you when the cage is placed low, as it will try to climb to the roof of the cage from inside. On the other hand, if you put the cage too high, your bird can feel alone and distant. Also, since you don’t see how dirty the base of the cage is when it is placed high, it can also cause you to neglect cleaning the cage timely. And neglecting the cleaning can very be dangerous for your bird’s health.
How to Take Care of a Bird Cage?
These birdcage tips are important for sure. However, they are mostly about one-time things that you should care about a birdcage. When it comes to how to take care of a birdcage, the most important thing is cleaning. If it is not done right, your bird can get infected by some bacteria that may be growing inside its cage. So, you need to clean and sterilize the cage regularly.
- First, you should make sure that your birdcage is easy to clean. Before cleaning, remove everything you can from the cage. Open all the doors of the cage. And make sure there is no corner of the cage that you cannot see.
- The same thing goes for the decorations and toys you have put inside the cage. You should take everything off the cage during the cleaning, and clean them all separately too, no matter how clean they may look.
- A metal cage is often easiest to clean thoroughly, as you take the cage into your shower and spray hot water all over it. You can use soap and other disinfectants to remove germs too. Then you can wipe all the parts clean. Finally, you should rinse the whole cage with clean water, which is important as any cleaning chemical residue can harm your bird.
- Be careful that a wooden or plastic cage may get damaged by water or heat, so you may not be able to clean it well enough to remove all the germs. Especially wooden cages are questionable, as they are susceptible to water damage, and they can absorb the cleaning chemicals like soap. As your bird nibbles on the wood, these chemicals can enter its body and harm its health.
- There is also another important thing that you should consider when you take care of a birdcage; the shape of the cage’s base. Cages with square or rectangular bases are much easier to clean, compared to any other shape, like round or elliptical. You can make sure you disinfect the whole base with a soapy sponge by making long lines towards yourself and then rinse it. Rectangle-shaped bases give your bird a bigger playground floor too.
- You can make the cage cleaning much easier by using some newspaper or paper towels too. You can put some paper towel that inside the cage to cover the whole base. This paper will absorb the moisture from the waste that your bird will drop. Consequently, it will reduce the foul smell and keep the cage healthier for your bird. Of course, you should replace this paper floor covering regularly, ideally daily or every other day. You can imagine swapping the paper is easier with a rectangular cage base too.
Learn the Tips For The Bird Cages
As you can see, there is a lot to consider about birdcages. And it’s not possible for us to give all the birdcage tips here. But you can follow us to find more information about taking care of pet birds and your other animal friends. For now, that end of the how to take care of cage article. But we will have other tips for your little animal friends soon.
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