A bird aviary is like a fish tank – they both serve the purpose of adding to a home’s décor and also as a way for the homeowner/pet lover to relax and indulge in their favorite hobby. An aviary presents many benefits to the bird breeder, the most popular being a way to breed a variety of birds in surroundings that mimic their natural habitat so that later they could sell them and gain substantial profit.
Bird aviaries are not like bird cages. For one, the latter is larger and has more flying space so that the birds can fly more freely, which is why they are also sometimes known as flight cages. They are also equipped with roosts and perches, as well as plants or shrubs so that it mimics the natural habitat of birds and allow the birds to socialize with other breeds.
As such, the first thing you need to make sure of is that your bird aviaries are safe and clean in order to make sure your birds are happy and healthy. Clean surroundings also mean lesser risk of spreading disease and illness that can compromise your birds’ health as well as your own. While cleaning an aviary can seem like a tedious chore, doing it on a regular schedule and breaking down the tasks involved can make it easier on the bird owners.
Also, creating a schedule places less stress on the birds as they get used to you going inside their aviaries as they grow more and more accustomed to the tasks and frequency with which you do them, ensuring less commotion.
The first thing you need to is change the cage liners. Birds often have the tendency to walk on droppings and discarded bits and pieces of food which can be both unsanitary and unhealthy for them. Stained cage liners also emit unpleasant smells, not to mention a good breeding ground for germs and bacteria so it is always best to change your cage liners every day.
Next, change the food and water bowls every day as well. You need to make sure you wash your birds’ bowls with a mild detergent to prohibit the growth of bacteria. Make sure you rinse and dry them thoroughly before returning it to your aviaries. In the same light, you should also wipe down all surfaces, including bars, perches and toys with a damp cloth to prevent the spread of bacteria.
You can use a mixture of 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixed with one quart of water to act as a non-toxic cleaning solution because using regular cleansers like bleach and ammonia can be too harsh for your birds especially when you use them on areas they tend to chew on a lot.
As for your weekly tasks, you can do cage tray cleaning, grate scrubbing and perch-changing at this time. Make sure you scrub the cage tray, perches and grates because these are the places where droppings mostly fall and as mentioned before, it can be unhealthy and unsanitary for birds. Make sure that the tray and grates are completely dry before putting fresh liners on it and returning them to the aviary. If you use wooden perches, it can take a while for them to dry so make sure you have temporary perches that you can use while you wait for the ones you cleaned to dry.