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Old 07-01-2013, 04:13 PM
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How do you clean a cage?

I have macaws who poop down the side of the cage. Cleaning the inside is easy, but cleaning those hundreds of bars and joints is a nightmare. I can't remove the cage to the driveway for powerwashing (the cages are too big), and scrubbing with a brush sprays poop and water everywhere.

How do people keep their cages clean?

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Old 07-01-2013, 04:35 PM
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Re: How do you clean a cage?

lol, I spot clean using nature's miracle cage and aviary cleaner, and once a month scrub both the cages really good. Rosie and Kenji's cages both weigh 98+ pounds, and are kept up a flight of stairs in my room. I actually have my room set up so I can't even get them out! I would have to take all my books off my book shelf and move it out of the weigh so they can fit out the door.

I wish I could bring them outside and pressure wash them, would make my life way easier XD But spot cleaning is working really well for me, I just use wet paper towels and spray a little cage and aviary cleaner, or a mixture of water and vinegar and it works great.
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Re: How do you clean a cage?

I clean my cages daily, my mornings start at 8AM sharp. I take all the fids out, and use hot, soapy water (Dawn dishsoap). I know it's a PITA when you have fids that poop down the side of the cage and it goes in the nooks and crannies, but I find if I clean them like this daily, I never have too much accumulated stuff. Whenever needed I disassemble the cages and take them outside to be powerwashed. The Amazons' cages fit through the back door when I remove the seeds skirts, but the Mac cages need to literally get disassembled for that chore.
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Re: How do you clean a cage?

I spot clean papers every other day. And wipes bars once a week. And thoroughly change all papers about once a week. And every two weeks I pull the cages out from the wall and thoroughly clean back there and the wall too.

My cages are way too big to be taken outside for pressure washington. LOL
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:19 PM
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Re: How do you clean a cage?

I clean Fargos cage at 6:30pm, he doesnt sleep in his cage, so its spotless until the next day when he has to go in it for short times!

I use a special cage cleaning product with a spray bottle and a scrubbing sponge, and scrub and spray the whole cage, each side, and roof, and some perches if they are a little dirty..

Then i use dishsoap, sponge and toothbrush and take the grates out and scrub them... and then scrub all the crevices, bars and pieces underneath the grate and cage! Then i will wipe all the underneath bars and pieces with toilet paper to make sure its clean!

Then i take out the old newspaper, and let the trays dry!

Then in the mornings i put the new newspaper in!

and that is done every single day.. I think if you clean every day, the job is easier than waiting a week! But that is just me, because i like everything to be spotless!
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Re: How do you clean a cage?

Quote: Originally Posted by Copperarabian View Post
lol, I spot clean using nature's miracle cage and aviary cleaner, and once a month scrub both the cages really good. Rosie and Kenji's cages both weigh 98+ pounds, and are kept up a flight of stairs in my room. I actually have my room set up so I can't even get them out! I would have to take all my books off my book shelf and move it out of the weigh so they can fit out the door.

I wish I could bring them outside and pressure wash them, would make my life way easier XD But spot cleaning is working really well for me, I just use wet paper towels and spray a little cage and aviary cleaner, or a mixture of water and vinegar and it works great.
So... basically an enzyme-based cleaner is the way to go.
(I also have a cage that needed to be assembled in the room it will stay in; but no mess yet. I'm "expectant")
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