the wild, birds are not "required" to live in close proximity to their
droppings. They have a continual supply of fresh unspoiled food to choose from
as well as access to fresh water when they need it. Many of our bird's
wild counterparts live in rainforest areas that provide them the opportunity for
daily rain showers and bathing activities that allow them to keep their feathers
in prime condition. The plethora of activities they engage in on a
daily basis in the wild also go a long way to ensuring that their beaks and
nails do not become overgrown.
captivity, our birds depend on us to ensure their environmental needs are tended
to as far as cleanliness is concerned. Hygiene, by definition,
is the practice of cleanliness that prevents the spread of disease and ensures
the preservation of health. Infectious diseases can spread very
easily via contaminated drinking water, droppings and feather dust. As related to our birds, hygienic practices
encompass three primary areas: environmental cleanliness, food safety and
"personal" bird hygiene (grooming). Consistent application of sound hygienic practices is of the utmost importance
in keeping our birds healthy.
The key components of good hygiene are:
Keeping your bird's cage, perches and toys clean.
Providing clean drinking water daily.
Discarding cooked diets and fresh fruits and veggies after
4 hours to avoid spoilage & bacterial growth
bird safe cleaners and
Providing daily opportunities for bathing.
grooming as related to your bird's feathers, nails and beak.
these areas is discussed in more detail in our related articles and info
section. Also, within the AvianEnrichment
site you will find an array of bird safe products that will help you effectively
and conveniently maintain good hygienic practices.