How to Clean Bird Perches

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Your bird's perches can get dirty pretty quickly, making them breeding grounds for harmful microorganisms. To prevent your bird from developing foot infections or respiratory problems, clean your feathered friend's perches and his cage at least once a week. Note that how you wash Polly's perches will depend on what they are made of.

Keeping Perches Clean

  • Prior to washing your bird's perches, take them out of the cage and scrub them with a wire brush to remove as much of the food particles and fecal matter as you can. Wash away any remaining organic matter with hand dish washing soap and hot water. Perches made of rope, cloth or plastic can be cleaned and sanitized in an empty dishwasher or washed by hand in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Soak cement perches in a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water for 10 minutes to disinfect them before thoroughly rinsing them. Wipe down wood perches with a bird-safe disinfectant or the vinegar solution. Rinse them and dry them in the sun for several hours. Use sandpaper to remove stubborn debris from wood perches.

Cleaning Considerations

  • Wood perches are porous and not easily rinsed so you can't use toxic cleaners such as bleach with them. Perches must be dry before placing them back into your bird's cage. Heat wood or cement perches in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes to dry after cleaning them instead of sun drying to speed up the process, recommends PetEducation.com.

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