Stainless steel bird cages are more than a passing fad in the cage-making world. Strong, immaculate and gorgeous, these models are no waifs.
Your pockets may hurt at the mere thought of shelling out for a stainless-steel cage, which is sometimes twice as expensive as others. Paying the initial cost is daunting to some, true, but not paying for a new cage in a few years is thrilling to all.
“Stainless steel is the only thing that is bird-proof,” said Andrew King of Kings Cages. “The bird industry has grown tremendously, and more people have become interested, informed. People learned that birds have beaks, and beaks can chip paint.”
“I love the cage,” said quaker parrot owner Lynne Muse of Minnesota. “[Kiwi] was in the same type of cage, but powder coated. I traded up to the stainless-steel about seven years ago, and it still shows no wear and tear.”
Brenda Piper of Massachusetts gradually added stainless-steel cages for her flock — 28 quakers and four large macaws. “We needed the double-welded cage because our macaws’ strong beaks could easily bend or snap the bars on many cages. Then, because we found out how easy they were to clean, we asked for cockatoo-sized cages with smaller bar spacing.”
“The quakers definitely benefit, as does my poor husband who has to clean the cages,” Piper continued. “If people can afford them, they are well worth the extra money.”
It can be completely disinfected, and it will not rust. That’s why it’s used for human surgical instruments. “Surgical Grade” or “Medical Grade” aren’t just buzzwords. When they’re used to describe the grade of stainless steel, you know you’re getting the very best.
Toys are showing up in stainless style, too. Macaw mandibles are no match for the bells and foot toys popping up on bird store shelves. At the end of the shopping day, though, the cages remain the most revolutionary items in stainless-steel style.
Cleaning Stainless-Steel Bird Cages
The Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) lists these tips on its website www.ssina.com. It emphasizes is that a clean water wash and wipe is the best method for cleaning stainless steel. If you must use something else, follow these rules.
- Fight fingerprints with this bird-safe solution. Make a paste of baking soda and water and spread on cage bars with a soft rag. Rinse with warm water.
- Don’t scratch that! Steer clear of steel wool and carbon steel brushes; toss abrasive cleansers. These may be the only things that will lead to rusting stainless steel, by cutting into the surface and exposing chromium and nickel beneath.
- Say yes to organic solvents. Stay away from these verboten ingredients: Chlorine, acetone, methyl alcohol and mineral spirits.
- Fearlessly take a hose to stainless steel for major cleanings and don’t fret over water that escapes the drying towel. Surgical/Medical Grade stainless steel is meant to never rust. Learn to love the words “Corrosion resistant