Caring for a Bird Cage
Who doesn’t love birds? They are both cute and majestic, all 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 lost your friend in the past. Whether you have experienced such an unfortunate event before or not, you surely would not want to go through it in the future, especially if it’s something you could prevent.
Birds are delicate creatures, so they require special care. Feeding your birds well is not enough to prevent the chance of losing your bird friend due to sickness. You also need to take good care of where they live, especially their birdcage.
Here, we will take 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 it.
How to Pick a Good Bird Cage?
First of all, let’s go through the basics. Choosing the right birdcage is crucial, as it affects the majority of 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, but one often-overlooked thing about birdcages is their size. Your bird might be so small that you 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 also make sure that your cage is built strong enough so that even if your bird is strong, it can’t damage it and create dangerous parts in its cage.
- An ideal birdcage would be made out of 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 should not have any parts 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 take it in and out of the cage, but it is also important to make your bird feel more comfortable when getting in and out of its cage by itself.
- Also, make sure not to hang the cage too high or too low from your chest level. Most birds are social creatures and enjoy being at eye level with you. Placing the cage too low can make the bird more scared when you approach it since you will appear as a tall and scary presence from the bird’s perspective. Even when your bird is very accustomed to you, it may struggle to get closer to you when the cage is placed low because it will try to climb to the roof of the cage from the inside. On the other hand, if you put the cage too high, your bird may feel alone and distant. Additionally, placing the cage high may cause you to neglect cleaning the base of the cage in a timely manner, which can be very dangerous for your bird’s health.
How to Take Care of a Bird Cage?
These birdcage tips are certainly important. However, they mostly cover one-time tasks that you should take care of for your birdcage. When it comes to taking care of a birdcage, the most crucial aspect is cleaning. If not done correctly, your bird may get infected by bacteria growing inside the cage. Therefore, you need to clean and sterilize the cage regularly.
Here are some tips on how to clean your birdcage:
- First, ensure that your birdcage is easy to clean. Before cleaning, remove everything you can from the cage, open all the doors, and ensure that no corner of the cage is out of sight.
- The same goes for the decorations and toys inside the cage. During cleaning, remove everything and clean them separately, regardless of how clean they appear.
- A metal cage is typically the easiest to clean thoroughly. You can take the cage into your shower and spray hot water all over it. Use soap and other disinfectants to remove germs, then wipe all the parts clean. Rinse the cage with clean water as any cleaning chemical residue can harm your bird.
- Be careful with wooden or plastic cages as they may get damaged by water or heat. Thus, you may not be able to clean them enough to remove all germs. Wooden cages, in particular, are susceptible to water damage and can absorb cleaning chemicals like soap, which can harm your bird’s health if ingested while nibbling on the wood.
- The shape of the cage’s base is also essential to consider when taking care of a birdcage. Square or rectangular bases are easier to clean than other shapes, such as round or elliptical. You can ensure that you disinfect the entire base with a soapy sponge by making long lines towards yourself and rinsing it. Rectangle-shaped bases also provide your bird with a larger play area.
- Additionally, you can make cleaning the cage easier by using some newspaper or paper towels. You can place paper towels inside the cage to cover the entire base. This paper will absorb moisture from the waste your bird drops, reduce foul odors, and keep the cage healthier for your bird. Be sure to replace this paper floor covering regularly, ideally daily or every other day. Swapping paper is easier with a rectangular cage base.
Learn More Tips for Bird Cages
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to birdcages. Although we can’t cover all the birdcage tips here, you can follow us to find more information about taking care of pet birds and other animal friends. For now, this concludes our article on how to take care of a birdcage. But we’ll have more tips for your little animal friends soon.
Caring for a birdcage is an important part of taking care of your feathered friend. By choosing a good birdcage and maintaining it properly, you can provide a safe and comfortable living space for your bird. Remember to consider the size, material, and location of the cage, as well as regularly cleaning and sterilizing it. With proper care, your bird can live a long and happy life with you.
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