Maintaining The Aviary
You have purchased your new aviary and you want to place it in a location where many people can view it. If kept clean and sanitary, you will feel proud to have residents and visitors alike see the birds in a re-creation of their own habitat.
How often does the aviary need cleaned?
Even though you may have our quarterly maintenance agreement the cage will need to be cleaned about once weekly to keep it looking its best. This is an easy task, which consists of emptying the litter pans and cleaning the glass, and dusting the wood. Our suggestion is ask the Residents or Staff to volunteer. Maybe take turns, feeding the birds and cleaning the cage. Make it fun and interesting, name the birds, talk to them, just have fun with it. If you do this on a regular basis it won't be long and your finches will grow accustom to your presence. Stick to a regular feeding schedule and they will adjust to you much more quickly. Your birds will appreciate your efforts too; they will be a lot happier and healthier if keep in a clean, sanitary, well-maintained environment.
What types of cleaners do I use?
You don't need to use any type of cleaner on the wood; all you need to do is dust it. We will wax and polish on our quarterly visits. However, if you want to polish, a paste tree-wax is best.
The glass should be cleaned with a weak solution of vinegar and water. Approximately a quarter cup of vinegar to a gallon of water is plenty. This is a non-toxic, odorless way to clean the inside of the aviary. Never use spray cleaners on the inside of the aviary. These can be toxic to birds.
This ongoing service program was put into place to insure that your aviary is a continued success. You will have peace of mind knowing that your aviary and your birds will be closely monitored by our professional, knowledgeable staff.
We will remove all vines, nestboxes, plants and waterfountanins. We will set-up replacements that have been cleaned and sanitized; including the grates and clean-out pans.
The entire inside will be cleaned and sanitized.
The exterior of the cage will be cleaned and polished.
We will remove all the baby birds to prevent over-crowding.
If you would like your adult birds exchanged, let us know in advance and we will bring replacements. (Some facilities like to keep the same birds; because the birds are used to them)
We will be available to answer any questions you may have.
We will leave an information packet explaining bird behavior, diet, cleaning tips, etc. (a quick referral guide between maintenance)
What's not Included?
Water fountains, pumps, and lights can be replaced for an additional fee.
Seed and extras (vitamins, etc.) will be replaced for an additional fee.