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Rehab Or Recycle?

Does your bird need a new cage or an overhaul?

By Susan Chamberlain

Rusting or cracked cages call for either refurbishing or replacementWhat condition is the cage your bird is living in now? Is it rusted, chipped or falling apart? Is the plastic base cracked and bars held together with paper clips? If so, it’s time to decide whether to replace or refurbish your pet’s home!

When To Refurbish
Take a good look at the cage. Does it look rusted and dirty? You can’t always tell if a cage is worth saving until you clean it up. That “rust” might not be rust at all, but simply a coating of stuck-on food, dust and droppings. Give the cage a thorough cleaning. Use a scrub brush, steamer, pressure washer, steel-wool pads or whatever tools are necessary to remove the grime from cage bars. Don’t use abrasive cleaning products or tools on painted surfaces. Instead, use a nylon sponge or brush. Wash the grating and tray.

**For the full article, pick up the November 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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