Birds are good at maintaining their cleanliness. Their pens, on the other hand, are not so clean. Regular cleaning is a must to keep the bird’s home fresh. If you keep the birds’ pen clean, you prevent flies and other insects from inhabiting the pen.
These insects make the birds feel uncomfortable because they suck blood from the bird. Here is a short guide on how to clean and maintain a bird’s pen.
Birds’ pens get dirty within a short period. Understanding the kind of dirt you need to get rid of through proper cleaning determines your cleaning preparations in a home. Proper planning helps you to clean better because you target specific dirt. When planning for the activity, here are the preparation steps to take.
Gather cleaning tools Any cleaning requires you to gather all cleaning tools. The tools depend on the frequency of cleaning you take up. For daily cleaning, all you need are clean rugs and birds’ pen liners. Monthly cleaning may require more cleaning materials and tools.
- Bird pen liners (clean)
- Several cloths (for dusting)
- Paper towels or pen wipes
- Brush for scrubbing the dirt
- Emptying the Pen
Relocate the birds’ to carrier pen for comfort. Taking them to a different pen might result in pressure and stress on the birds’. The removal prevents exposure to dust particles or any fumes from the cleaning agents.
Remove any bird pen accessories present in the pen and keep them aside for cleaning. Dump any remaining particles of dirt into the trash can. Shake the pen to ensure each small particle falls. If the pen is large, consider using a vacuum cleaner.
Organize to have the cleaning detergents
Before you start cleaning, you need to plan for the whole process. Purchase the cleaning detergents, brush, rugs, and bleach chemicals. The only challenge is to make sure cleaning detergents do not affect the birds’ health. You can consult a veterinary officer on the best chemicals to use. Prepare the cleaning detergent in another place before you transfer to the pen.
Baking soda is a perfect cleaning agent. Mix equal quantities of baking soda and lemon juice, preferably 3 tablespoons with warm water (3 cups). If you don’t have baking soda, use vinegar combined with warm water.
Add dishwashing liquid (a few drops) into any of the solutions above. Use the solution to clean the bird’s pen. This solution not only kills germs but also cleans the surface carefully.
Cleaning the birds’ cage
After adequate preparations and assembly of the necessary tools to clean the pen, you should start the cleaning process in the following manner.
Don’t get confused with rinse being the first step. The step is only to remove any dirt still hanging onto the pen bars. Removing debris on the hanging pens require one to apply a little pressure.
Consider using your shower. Place the pen on the tub or floor, heat the water, and start the shower. If it does not work, get a hose and spray the pen with water. The powerful water force during a spray makes it easier to remove gunk. This process makes the pen clean and gets rid of any germs hidden on the pen corners.
You can use a hard brush or cleaning rugs to scrub the pen floor and the bars. Scrubbing works thoroughly in getting any dirt present in the pen. Use the cleaning detergent to remove any stains remaining after the first rinse. The detergent keeps the surface away from germs and any hidden dirt. If the stains present a challenge, allow the solution to soak in before scrubbing.
Soaking makes the stains softer to scrub easily.
A second rinse removes any cleaning solution remaining on the pen after scrubbing. Use warm or hot water in this step. Rinsing a second time eliminates any potential residue from your bird’s home.
Clean accessories for your bird’s home
Once the pen is clean, begin cleaning the accessories. The accessories in the bird’s pen are equally important in keeping your birds’ comfortable. These accessories get dirty due to the close interaction of the same accessories and the birds’.
You can get the best detergents to clean these accessories. Clean accessories may limit any infection that may attack your birds’ like bacteria.
Disinfecting the birds’ home
Birds’ are easily affected by germs. Disinfecting the pen surfaces is crucial to the bird’s health. It is vital to disinfect the pen if your birds’ were recently ill.
Some of the bacteria might still live in the pen even after cleaning. Get suitable reviews on the best disinfectant from the product’s website before disinfecting the pen.
You can make a bleach solution by combining bleach with a gallon of water in cases where you do not have suitable disinfecting solutions.
Spray the bleach in the pen entirely and allow any fumes to dissipate. When you use bleach to disinfect the pen, ensure you rinse the accessories to make the birds comfortable.
Dry the cage naturally.
When germs and bacteria are exposed to light, they die immediately. If your bird’s pen may have germs and bacteria, natural light can play an essential role in getting rid of these pathogens. Ensure the pen is dry before setting the accessories back in their position and allowing the birds’ inside the pen.
Check on the cleanliness level of the cage surrounding.
The pen surrounding plays a role in the health of the bird. When cleaning the pen, don’t forget to clean the surroundings too. When you clean the pen and overlook the surrounding, germs may move from the surrounding to the pen again. Disinfect any strains on the floor using the best detergent solutions.