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    Where do you keep your birds?

    Hey guys,

    Ive seen many people on this forum with alot birds. Some people have outdoor aviaries and some keep them indoors. Do people have different birds in different cages and keep them indoors? if so how do you manage having to clean their trays out everyday or cleaning after the mess they make ?. I keep my birds indoors but was wondering how others go about keeping their birds. Would be nice to see some pics of the different setups aswell . Are their different things you can purchase to make it easier to keep birds and clean after them indoors?.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    We have the two cages facing each other more or less across the living room. The three most important things you need are newspaper, a hoover and wipes, lol. We have newspaper on the floor under the boing, and under the playgym upstairs and as the cage lining. We swap the paper every couple of days downstairs and generally once a week upstairs, but they're normally only up there at the weekends anyway. Baths are only upstairs and then they have to stay on the playgym until all the water's "passed through". Other than that we just hoover once a week and wipe up after them if they go anywhere else. It's pretty easy and it doesn't take long to swap papers.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    oh ok thats interesting. Ive tried newspaper though all my birds jump on the newspaper and
    chew it to bits in two hours flat!

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    The budgies have no interest in the newspaper, but the cockatiels have it under the grate so they can't get to it, otherwise Kami goes in to breeding mode, crawling under it and making it her nest.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    I keep mine in my living room. I keep it clean by cleaning it, lol. I vacuum up the mess (if the dogs don't eat it first) and clean the cage out regularly.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    We also have a cover on our sofa (mostly because it's a red sofa on a red carpet and it's just too much red, lol) but it's really handy to be able to throw it in the washing machine when needed. =)

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    Oh, thats another thing. I use fleece to line the bottom of the cage. That attracts things easier and is less likely to allow things to scatter everywhere.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    I keep my birds in my bedroom, it's like a big rectangle and then there's a smaller rectangle coming off of it, so that's the "bird nook". It has two windows so there's lots of light for them.

    I use paper to line my bird cages, my Grey has a grate but the budgies don't, they don't really chew the paper but if they do it's not really an issue since it gets changed every day. the paper in my Grey's cage gets changed about every other day.

    Keeping the place clean is generally pretty easy if you just do a little bit every day. It's easier to do "maintenance cleaning" than to let everything get messy and then clean it all up. Every day (usually in the afternoon or at night before I go to bed) I pick up any paper, big pieces of food, etc off the floor and vacuum and put new paper under my Grey's cage (he likes to sit on top of the door when he's out so if I don't put paper under it he gets poop on the carpet :/) Once a week after I clean the cages (take all the trays, grates, seed trays, etc outside and hose them off, spot clean with vinegar) I move all the cages to the other side of the room so I can vacuum really thoroughly.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    Birdy is in my living room and finchy is in our bedroom.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    living room here
    and i have a hagan vision cage which reduces mess a LOT.
    They make them big enough to bugs, lovies and teils.

    You can also buy seed guards which help. Mostly its just cleaning lots though


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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    I keep Oscar and Nikko in my room and Eeyore is down stairs in the comp room. Keeping my room clean involves a lot of vacuuming. I have my own vacuum for the birds. Its doesn't take long to dump newspaper down the can and spread out a few more sheets.


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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    My birds are in a room that is basically theirs. They aren't really messy though, most is contained within their cages with the exception of Kiwi when he molts.

    I only clean about once a week, which involves lifting up newspaper and putting more down; I clean up poop from other surfaces in the cage whenever it's need.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    Keep mine in the den/tv room. It's where we spend most of our time when we're home. Both birds have grates adn newspaper under the grates. It's easy to clean. To clean poo off the wood floor I put a damp papertowel on the floor over the poo and leave it there for a few mins, then wipe it up...works pretty well.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    Most of do the same things, newspaper, etc. One thing I like is the insight bird feeders. I use the medium for food and large for a bathtub. They can't get poop in the water and the feeders keep them from slingin food all over the floors. It also saves on wasted food, they can't throw out the stuff they only eat when the good stuff is gone.
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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    my birds are right next to my bed.. Big cage agaisnt the wall at the end of my bed.. When i let my tiels out they always jump off the cage and onto my bed.

    and my Luna is next to my bed on my right. where she can jump on my bed as well.
    My room isnt large plus i have a 55 gallon fish tank. so my birds are Right near me..

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    i only have 1 bird but i keep her in my bedroom, with half the cage infront of the window, except in the winter the cage is moved downstairs into the diningroom because we mainly heat our house with a wood stove which is on the main floor so its very cold upstairs in my room then.

    I suspect that my lovebird is secretly a mad scientist.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    I have a bird room. Set up with tropical plants, air purifier etc., It is not closed off from the house but I do have a sheer curtain on a spring rod so no one flies into the living room and gets hurt.
    My canary is in the living room. As my CAG Ruby was making wicked canary peep noises so I had to take tweety out.
    The bird room feels very humid and tropical. It is really great for the birds. I spend tons of time in here. Vacuuming daily is a must, not to mention the good old dust pan and brush.
    News paper line the cages. I hate grates so no one has a grate except my Pi and CAG.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    interesting setups their, Sue I find your setup the most attractive - I mean a tropical room for the birds!! amazing. I keep my cockatiel cage in the garage, my ringneck cage is in the living room and my budgie cage is in my bedroom. I do not use anything over the trays like newspaper or grate. The trays need cleaning everyday as the cage starts to smell after a day if the tray isnt washed.


    People have different birds in their flock, here is an interesting question - Which bird do you think makes the most mess in your house?.

    In my house the Cockatiels make the most mess when they have out of cage time.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    Birdy makes the most mess out of the cage, finchy makes the most mess in. Poop everywhere! We always have to clean up so much!

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    I currently have Pickle in my bedroom. I know that's not ideal for his getting rest (I'm a restless sleeper and insomniac) or my health (keeping birds in bedrooms isn't ideal for respiratory health) but for the time being, it's fine. I'm in the process of doing a major sort/discard/reorganize/clean in my apartment and it's just easier for me to keep him there as that's the last room to be done.

    As far as general bird care for the indoor parrot... well, having one parrot makes things simple. Pickle isn't a big bird (a bit bigger than a peach-faced lovebird) so his cage doesn't take up a lot of space. I can easily get it downstairs to clean outside during warm months or can take it into the bathroom to clean during the colder ones. Since he'll be staying in the living room once things are settled, I'll be able to hang some boings and such above his cage, giving him different options during playtime. The only downside is cleaning up poo and debris on carpeted floors but I've made things a bit easier by using a Mess Catcher under his cage: http://www.petbutlerco.com/mess.asp.
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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    Diva is messy. she likes to sit on the door to her cage when it's open and poops off of there onto the hardwood floor. I keep meaning to buy a mat or something for there but forget whenever I'm out. Can't speak for Lenny yet, but so far he's pretty clean.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarahmom22 View Post
    Diva is messy. she likes to sit on the door to her cage when it's open and poops off of there onto the hardwood floor. I keep meaning to buy a mat or something for there but forget whenever I'm out. Can't speak for Lenny yet, but so far he's pretty clean.
    My Grey does the same thing, I just put a piece of newspaper of two under the door to catch the poop.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    I have a square u shaped living, kitchen area. The birds are behind me with double open glass doors. it is open to the kitchen then a door into the other side so they always to circuits for exercise. Their cage is in front of a window that nearly extends to the floor with vertical blinds between it and them. Mine are very messy, shredding stuff and seeds thrown everywhere. I just vacuum. Poo on furniture etc comes off well when dried.

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    Re: Where do you keep your birds?

    cool, just another question - Health wise (for the birds or humans), is it safe to keep birds inside the house? and is it okay to share food with birds, for example if your eating an apple and a bird comes and takes a bite out of it ?.

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