Cleanliness is important for preventing illnesses. This applies to birdcages in particular. Therefore, the sand in the aviary must be replaced every two to three days. It is also recommended that you clean the cage thoroughly once a week. First and foremost: Never use normal household cleaners or disinfectants to clean out your birdcage. These products are pure poison for budgies, canaries, cockatiels and other ornamental birds. Hot water is still the best way of keeping your birdcage clean. It is a reliable way of killing most germs and pathogens. Only in cases where the cage is extremely dirty or if one of your pets has fallen ill should you turn to specialist cleaning products and disinfectants. You will find products designed for this purpose in your specialty store or from your vet. To make sure pathogens and germs don’t stand a chance, food and water bowls must be rinsed out daily with hot water. Depending on how many birds you have, the bird sand must be completely replaced every two to three days. If the sand is soiled with droppings and waste food, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for dangerous germs and bacteria. The whole cage should be cleaned thoroughly once a week. How to get your cage sparkling clean Once you have moved the birds, take out everything from inside the cage, as it must all be cleaned separately. Separate the bottom tray from the grille and place both large cage components in the shower or the bath. Fill the bottom tray with hot water and let it soak for approximately five minutes. This will ensure that any hardened droppings or dirt will be loosened and can be removed easily with a household sponge. The sponge must be new and must not have been used previously under any circumstances. This is because used household sponges are a haven for bacteria and germs. Use the time while the cage is soaking to spray the grille thoroughly with hot water. Toys and perches must also be rinsed with water as hot as possible. If they are really dirty, then soak them in a bucket of hot (but not boiling!) water for a couple of minutes. Usually the crusted-on dirt is then easy to remove. Take extra care when cleaning the food and drink bowls: These must be rinsed out every day with hot water to ensure that no pathogenic germs can build up. If you use drinking bottles, you must take extra care, because these are not as easy to clean as bowls. You may need to use a bottle brush to help. Important: If the cage requires disinfecting, products intended for this purpose may be only used on the case of the cage. In such instances, feeding bowls, perches and accessories must be replaced. To-do list Once a day: Rinse out the food and water bowls with hot water, remove dropping and waste food from the floor of the cage Twice a week: Replace the sand completely Once a week: Spray the bottom tray and the grille with hot water, rinse perches and toys with hot water In case of heavy soiling: Replace all cage accessories If one of your birds falls ill: Separate the birds temporarily Disinfect the cage, replace all cage accessories Call into your local store today to discuss your fish’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts