Birds are bubbly, intelligent pets, but they are also messy.
Pickles, my green cheek conure, loves throwing seeds on the floor and flinging fruits on walls.
He also poops everywhere with little regard for whoever is watching.
It's no big deal for me because I'm used to cleaning up after him, but some dirts stick on the floor, and it bothers me since scrubbing is not an option for me.
Well, to be fair, it's a dilemma I had before, but not so much as of this moment. I found an easy solution to the floor situation, at least.
Essentially, you'll want to put an easy to clean plastic mat under your bird's cage or stand. It will prevent poop and bird food from landing on the floor.
The mat will also keep the dirt in one place and prevent it from spreading all over the room.
You can also use old newspapers around the cage and under ceiling bungees and perches. Although they are not as aesthetically pleasing, they'll keep your area cleaner.
Plus, you will need to weigh them down rest they be floating all over your house.
A birdcage seed catcher around and at the bottom of the pen is another brilliant way to prevent seeds and other food items from falling out of your birdie's house and keep your floor adequately clean.
Pick up and clean the little poop that makes it to the floor with damp paper towels immediately, and after your birdie is in for the night, vacuum your floor or mop it with water and vinegar.
What You to Use to Line The Bottom of Your Bird Cage
There are several materials you can use to line the bottom of your bird's cage, but by far, paper products are the best. It does not matter which type as long as it sits perfectly at the base of the coop.
The papers can be old newspapers. butcher's paper, paper towels, or paper bags.
Clean straw, birdcage liner, or aspen wood shavings are good options as well. The challenge is they are not as readily available, plus papers are relatively inexpensive.
Liners are necessary to eliminate the mess birds cause on the bottom of the cage and floor and should be a soft material that can catch dropping, absorb moisture and odors, and be cozy enough for your birdie.
How to Keep The Area Around Your Bird Cage Clean
Now, regardless of the effort you make to keep waste food and bird poop from falling to the floor, there will always be some debris the liner and mat won't catch.
Of course, it will be less than when you have a liner and mat, so make sure you have them installed.
Whatever the mat doesn't trap and gets to your floor, you should clean with a wet paper towel, broom, or vacuum, depending on the nature of the dirt.
I clean wet bird poop or green foods such as fruits and vegetables with paper towels and a broom to clean dry food grime. I then make sure I vacuum or mop my floor with water and vinegar every evening as I clean pickle's water bottle and food bowl.
If you can brush your floors without damaging them, I would recommend it to remove dirt stuck on crevices.
To keep the dirt down and reduce my workload, I also make sure the bottom of my bird's cage is always lined. I prefer using odorless, toxin-free aspen wood shavings since my bird is not too much of a chewer.
Of course, I still have to line the bottom with papers to keep the shavings from falling through the cracks at the base of the cage, but a cozy layer of shavings is what traps most of the dirt.
Now, if you do not have wood shaving readily available, you can use rice barn, kenaf stern, groundnut husk, corn cobs parts, or a conventional birdcage liner.
Just make sure you're bird can not ingest whatever material you decide to use.
What is The Best Bedding for A Bird Cage
Essentially, this question is pretty much the same as the ones discussed above, only that the answer varies depending on the need.
If you want a warm, cozy base for your birds to rest and nap on, wood shavings, sawdust, rice-barn, and such like materials will work best. But if you just want something to trap dropping and food particles from reaching your floor, even old newspapers will suffice.
Now, if your birds are messy eaters or like to throw food around, what you need is a birdcage splatter guard to keep the walls adjacent to the cage clean.
Conviniently, most splatter guards come with a seed catcher at the base, so if your only worry is the seeds slipping through the holes to your floor, then you'll be sorted.
But you need litter beddings that can soak up liquids in case your bird is passing watery poop or loves to take a dip in the water bowl after quenching his thirst.
To protect your floor without adding extra material to your bird's cage, place an easy to clean plastic mat under the cage to catch any dropping and waste food.
A washable floor mat under your birdcage will protect the underlying floor from bird droppings, damaging scuffs, and water splashes, as well as seeds, pellets, feathers, and more.
How to Protect The Floor Under A Bird Cage
Away from placing a mat on your floor to prevent dropping from creating a mess on there, it helps to pick up and clean any debris as soon as it falls through the cage's cracks.
Pick up recent dropping with a paper towel, then vacuum or mop the area depending on the type of floor you have.
Mopping is ideal for tiles and wooden floors, while a vacuum is better if you have a mat floor after removing the dropping with paper towels.
Clean the area around your birdcage every evening with appropriate cleaners. I use white vinegar and baking soda to remove stubborn stains on my floor.
However, if you have sensitive floors, you may be restricted to only using a mop and water or vacuum.
That's all for this post.
Enjoy having birds 🦜🐦.