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Old 06-29-2011, 09:02 AM
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Let's talk about the mess!!!

One of the very first things I hear when telling my friends about wanting to get a parrot (Eclectus) is - "Eeeewwww they are SO messy and your house will STINK!!!"

So - how bad is it really? I know Eclectus aren't supposed to put off as much dander and dust as other birds.... but what about feathers? Do they shed all over the place? And what cleaning products are safe to use? Most of the stuff I associate with that "super clean" smell are things like Pine-sol and Mr. Clean!!! Do those types of cleaners contain too many harsh chemicals that could hurt a bird? And what is the best way to keep the poop smell under control?

Many years ago we had a breeder pair of African Grey's and they WERE a mess - but they were non social and kept in their own room so the mess was contained to that one room. If I got an Eclectus it would be more of a part of the family. I read about people letting their birds follow them around the house and everything. I would LOVE that... but I'm concerned with getting poop everywhere!
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:39 AM
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Re: Let's talk about the mess!!!

Well, to reply to -EWWww , the first thing I say to anyone who says that is, ANYthing is messy if you dont keep it clean!

it dosent take but a minuet to pull newspaper and put down new ones, If african greys were messy, then NOone cleaned Daily, and they should have, birds can get sick from moldy food left around or a room that isnt vaccumed daily.

off topic, but relating to it, I love pigeons, and sure, they are messy, but no more then chickens, and chickens are messy because noone cleans up after them.

PIGS roll in their own filth to keep cool, but teach them to use a lever on a hose, and they can clean themselfs, 99% of the time after that, they will wash themselves. its a proven fact. you can teach your bird to go in one place, or even teach him to poo in a trash can, its not that hard from what I understand.

I work with animals in a shelter setting, and from experence, if you keep on top of the cleaning daily, then it wont be so bad in the long run... but if you let the filth build up.. well.. thats not healthy for either the bird, or you.

so IMO nothings a mess, unless you dont keep it clean.

I would also watch out for the cleaners. Lysol is toxic to ALL animals including humans.

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Old 06-29-2011, 11:58 AM
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Re: Let's talk about the mess!!!

Parrots are quite messy...that's a simple fact. They are one of nature's seed scatterers, so it's their job.
Just clean up after them...you volunteered for the job, right?

As for the stink, not so much. Some parrots have a faint smell to them, but it's not unpleasant...nowhere even close to a wet dog or a full litterbox.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:13 PM
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Re: Let's talk about the mess!!!

ALL parrots are messy My lovebirds included.

Their pellets get thrown everywhere, their poop makes a mess (I have a large piece of laminate flooring under their cages which is AWESOME to have), not to mention when they're moulting I have enough feathers on the floor to build 3 other birds haha

As for cleaning I use two things:

White Vinegar - 50-50 with warm water and a squirt of lemon juice to cut down the harsh smell (not good to use if you have ants). You can use this around the birds (without spraying it in the air), on their cages etc.. without having to remove the birds or rinse afterwards

Grapefruit seed extract - is another organic 100% bird safe cleaner that I use for their water bowls. You can also add 1 - 3 drops of the GSE to their water bowl to prevent the biofilm from accumulating (too much of it does give off a bitter taste).

Ekkies (eclectus) if I am not mistaken, have a different skin and feather type than say Cockatoos or Amazons. They are a very greasy bird and don't have as much dander. With most, if not all birds (parrots included) you will always have the white down feathers (or grey in my amazon's case) floating around, the odd large feather and when the big moult happens LOTS of feathers

For odor - my lovebirds have this addicting smell to them, so I huff them regularly (LOL), Loto the BF 'zon, STUNK when I got her, I spritzed her every day for 2 weeks and she now smells like maple syrup... mmmmmm bird huffing

I find the larger the bird, the easier it seems to be to keep them in one area to poop (ie: certain area of the house, a piece of toilet paper etc...). My lovebird Skittles if she's sleeping on me or snuggling, will NOT Poop on me unless I hold her over the coffee table - and I put a piece of toilet paper there). Marley my youngun on the other hand, poops, sleeps in it and when it's dried.. eats it... ewwww

Oops forgot to add:

Good news, there isn't really much of a poop smell from parrots unless there's an illness or you leave the poop sitting for weeks on end. ( I was sick for 2 weeks a month or so ago, and couldn't clean the cages, so there was a bit of a smell, but a good scrub with vinegar and fresh newspaper took care of that)

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Old 06-29-2011, 12:36 PM
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Re: Let's talk about the mess!!!

put it this way i am having a laminate floor put into front room! sofa is leather, any poop, just wipes off!

there is no smell other then from the food/pellets

my routine is, instantly wipe up any poop nut does outside of cage, hoover room end off night, clean an move cage, oh nuts fav place is on the curtain rails, so any accidents, i just change curtains as i have a spare set

my homes my home but not a show home, its not dirty just lived in
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:45 PM
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Re: Let's talk about the mess!!!

I have many non-bird loving friends who say the same thing, they just donít understand how I could love and love taking care of a parrot. I only have African Grey experience, my guy Russell passed away at this past Christmas, at first it was a challenge to keep the mess at bay.

Feathers were only a problem during molting season; I took care of that by getting a dustbuster and vacuuming everyday to get all of the down feathers that fell that day, I also dusted daily because Russell was very dusty.

Poopie smell should not be an issue if you clean the birds cage daily, every day I would lightly wipe down his cage inside and out and then once a week thoroughly disinfect it but because I changed his poopie paper daily it was controlled, no one ever complained of smell in my house.

The proper cleaning products are extremely important, Iím afraid your Pine-sol and Mr. Clean will have to find new homes. Stock up on vinegar, lemons and baking soda. Attached is a list of bird friendly cleaning solutions. BIRD SAFE SPRING CLEANING

You can potty train your bird to only poop in a designated spot, I never mastered that with Russell so I donít have any advice on it but I do know it takes consistency and patience.

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Re: Let's talk about the mess!!!

Quote: Originally Posted by Gretchen View Post
One of the very first things I hear when telling my friends about wanting to get a parrot (Eclectus) is - "Eeeewwww they are SO messy and your house will STINK!!!"

So - how bad is it really? I know Eclectus aren't supposed to put off as much dander and dust as other birds.... but what about feathers? Do they shed all over the place? And what cleaning products are safe to use? Most of the stuff I associate with that "super clean" smell are things like Pine-sol and Mr. Clean!!! Do those types of cleaners contain too many harsh chemicals that could hurt a bird? And what is the best way to keep the poop smell under control?

Many years ago we had a breeder pair of African Grey's and they WERE a mess - but they were non social and kept in their own room so the mess was contained to that one room. If I got an Eclectus it would be more of a part of the family. I read about people letting their birds follow them around the house and everything. I would LOVE that... but I'm concerned with getting poop everywhere!

All birds are messy.....
As for the poop everywhere, potty train the bird, it's a simple procedure, could take a few days to master.

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OMG a birdy potty chair. Love it.
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Re: Let's talk about the mess!!!

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OMG a birdy potty chair. Love it.

LoL it's actually a baby's potty
AND it seats two AG's at the same time

Do you recall Mishka's "cousin"stayed with us for 3 weeks, managed to potty train him

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awww ant, an lol at how miska is lookin at you an yes nut mostly goes over her cage, but accidents will happen lol
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