from African Grey Parrot Lovers by Faye Cosma
TIP OF THE DAY~AVOID MAKING YOUR BIRD ILL WITH THE SPRAY BOTTLE
~THE SAFE WAY TO USE A SPRAY BOTTLE~
MOLD AND BACTERIA ARE THE ISSUES HERE.
When my bird Beni began plucking I took her to her avian vet. He removed a feather to examine and test. He said, “You mist this bird don’t you?” I said, “Yes how did you know?” He said, “There is mold on her feathers!”
START WITH A FRESH, NEW BOTTLE. Do NOT re-purpose a spray bottle. Cleaners such as Windex, Febreeze, Lysol, Mr. Clean etc. soak into the plastic of the bottles they come in. Even if you have thoroughly washed out the bottle and soaked it in vinegar, it will not remove the remnants of a cleaner that has been absorbed into the plastic.
To think you might be spraying mold and bacteria in their nares and they are inhaling the mist.
~THE BOTTLE USED FOR MISTING~
***Water should never be left in a spray bottle after use for mold and bacteria to grow.
***Clean the spray bottle every 3 days in this manner.
1. Fill the bottle with 2 parts hot water and 1 part white vinegar. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
2. Spray the solution through the nozzle, then remove the nozzle and soak it too, for at least 30 minutes.
3. Rinse thoroughly and discharge fresh water through the nozzle.
4. Leave apart to dry thoroughly.
~THE BOTTLE USED TO SPRAY CAGE PAPERS BEFORE REMOVING~
1. Remove the bird.
2. Fill the bottle with water and add 10 drops of GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT.
3. Shake well before each use. Spray papers, then remove them.
***GRAPEFRUIT EXTRACT SHOULD NEVER BE SPRAYED ON THE BIRD***
This solution can be left in the bottle until it is used up. GSE is a natural germicide and kills and inhibits mold.
~SHOWER HEADS AND MISTERS~
1. Fill a bag with white vinegar and tie around the shower head or mister. Soak for 1 hour, rinse.
I got so tired of cleaning that bottle, I started showering instead. Now they take their shower
By Faye Cosma