(Closed) How to clean vision bird cage?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@happyface:  What kind of birds do you have? I can’t tell from the pic. Do you have a backup cage or a travel cage you can transfer them into for the cleaning? Generally speaking, most bird owners use a solution of white vinegar diluted by water. I have one of those McCulloch steam cleaner machines, and use that to hose down our guy’s cage once in a while and like it better than the vinegar because I hate the vinegar smell, personally. But obviously you should have your birds out of the cage to clean the cage adequately.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you have a small dog or cat carrier? Or even a cardboard box with some air holes?  You need something secure, that won’t hurt the animals.  Other then that it doesn’t have to be a cage.  We “borrow” our dogs carrier(it’s a plastic one) when we clean the bird cages.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I got one of these a while back when they were much cheaper:

http://www.amazon.com/McCulloch-MC-1275-Heavy-Duty-Steam-Cleaner/dp/B0000Dear Fiance0Ring Bearer

They’re great not only for the bird cage, but also for around the house. Hosing dried-on poop for several seconds breaks it up amazingly well with no chemicals. All you need is distilled water. The only things that are drawbacks are 1) price, 2) noise (incredibly noisy), and 3) it gets very hot so not the easiest thing to use in the summer.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My parents have a red-lored amazon and a mealy amazon and they usually put the birds in their spare/travel cages (they have one for each bird since the older red-lored is cranky and doesn’t like the mealy) and then take the big cages outside and literally hose them down and wipe them up outside. I’m not sure if that’s an option, but that’s what they’ve found works best for them 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My mom (and myself when I lived at home) would use diluted dish detergent to wash the bird cages (budgie, love bird and cockatiels). But the birds were fairly tame and liked to hang-out outside the cage daily, so putting them somewhere while cleaning wasn’t really an issue. You can get small travel cages for fairly cheep (pun intended! lol), about $20 and you can use it if you ever have to make a vet visit or something.

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