also Time Commitment for an estimate
of the amount of time spent caring for the birds, including cleaning
and food preparation.
Floor | Food/Water Containers
droppings on the aviary floor should be addressed each day.
In order to keep the floor of an indoor aviary clean from
droppings, some type of floor covering is usually provided.
This covering can take the form of paper sheets or bedding/litter.
See Floor Covering
in our Accessories
section for more information about the floor covering options
use paper sheets in the form of kraft paper on the bottom
of our aviary. Paper floor liners (newspaper, blank newsprint,
Kraft paper) should be changed each day. The droppings on
the paper should be inspected for any signs of illness.
See the Internet article "Health:
Evaluating Bird Droppings" for more information
on how to identify suspicious droppings.
If your aviary is large, purchasing
newsprint or Kraft paper on a roll may save you some
time. These rolls are available in many different widths
and can be cut to the appropriate length, which I find
easier than laying out many sheets of preprinted newspaper
or precut newsprint. Kraft roll cutters are available
to make cutting the paper easier, but these tend to
be expensive. See the Floor
Covering article in our Accessories
section for our source of Kraft paper.
When you do your weekly cleaning,
lay down seven days worth of paper lining at once. At
the end of each day, simply remove the top layer.
people use bedding or litter on the floor of the aviary.
Many choices are available, some better than others. See
in our Accessories
section for more information about the pros and cons of
different beddings. Although it is more difficult to inspect
droppings deposited among bedding materials, beddings tend
to be a little easier to maintain. At the end of the day,
you can simply rake the bedding so the droppings are buried
beneath. You may want to sprinkle a fresh layer on top to
keep the surface clean and fresh. If you use corncob bedding,
you must be sure to remove any corncob that may have gotten
wet. Corncob is highly prone to mold growth. This mold can
lead to illness in your birds, including Aspergillosis.
I caution against using corncob for this reason, but if
you really want to use it, make absolute certain you never
leave wet corncob in your aviary.
bottles and bird baths should be cleaned daily, and fresh
water provided at this time. To clean these accessories, I
rinse the droppings off then sanitize them in the dishwasher.
Buy at least two sets of aviary
accessories such as food and water containers and bird
baths. This way, a clean set can be placed in the aviary
while the dirty ones are run through the dishwasher. The
heat of the dishwasher should go a long way toward keeping
your accessories sanitary.
you only give your birds a single day's ration of seed at
a time, the seed dish should be replaced and washed in the
dishwasher as well. If you use a seed hopper like I do, this
is inconvenient and defeats the purpose of a hopper. Instead,
I wipe the droppings from the hopper with a wet cloth and
discard the top layer of seed. I then top off the hopper with
fresh seed if necessary. I hold off on replacing the hopper
until the weekly cleaning.
The plate/dish/utensil used to offer fresh foods should be
removed and sanitized as well.
Serve fresh food on a disposable
paper or plastic plate. Food particles often stick to
the plate when they dry and can take a little effort to
scrub clean. Disposable plates are relatively inexpensive
and a nice time-saver, since they can be pitched at the
end of the day.
all there is to it! The aviary floor and the food and water
containers. That's all the cleaning that's required for the
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The bird bath should be cleaned daily
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