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Easy Hacks to Help Mess-Proof Your Bird Cage!

Juliet has owned parrots for over 20 years. She currently has two cockatiels—Rascal and Coconut—who both have big personalities.

Learn a few easy ways to trick out your birdcage and save yourself the mess.

Learn a few easy ways to trick out your birdcage and save yourself the mess.

How Do I Stop My Birdcage From Getting Messy?

As you know, birds are extremely, extremely messy creatures. How do you feed birds without making a mess? How do you keep a birdcage floor clean? How do you keep birdseed from going everywhere? These are questions every bird owner asks, and luckily, the answers are actually pretty simple.

5 Birdcage Cleaning Hacks

There are a few easy DIY modifications you can make to help mess-proof your bird's cage. The following modifications have reduced the mess in my living room by at least 95 percent. No joke.

I explain each of the modifications below, and you can watch the demo video above to see how they all look and work on my cage.

Note: I have two cockatiels and use a Prevue birdcage (size large).

1. Install Plexiglass "Walls"

So the first modification I made is I took plexiglass and made all the sides on the top of the cage solid so that while they were eating or playing up here seeds wouldn't be spewing all over onto my floor.

In addition to screwing small pieces of plexiglass to the sides of the top of the cage, I also took big sheets of plexiglass and secured them to the cage bars with stainless steel hooks. Now, when my birds are eating or making a mess, no seeds can spew out of the side of the cage.

What I like about this is that it's see-through, so it doesn't hinder the bird's ability to see. But I also left one panel and one whole side of the cage completely open because the majority of the mess was being made on the other sides of the cage (where my birds would eat).

Where to Buy and Cut Plexiglass

I bought my plexiglass from Lowe's. It comes in big sheets, but Lowe's will actually cut it to the size you need, so you can really customize it to fit your cage the way you want it to.

This DIY treat platform helps consolidate sticky messes.

This DIY treat platform helps consolidate sticky messes.

2. Make a Treat Platform

Birds love honey sticks, but they can be a pain to clean up after. When I used to put the honey sticks against the cage, the bars would get all sticky and it just would make a bigger mess.

I went to Home Depot and got bird-safe wood. It's really crucial to get bird-safe materials when you're building things for your birds. I used pine, which is completely bird-safe (vs. oak, which is toxic to birds) and then attached the honey stick with a strip of Velcro.

A cage liner is one of the easiest things to add to your set-up, and it makes a huge difference!

A cage liner is one of the easiest things to add to your set-up, and it makes a huge difference!

3. Use a Cage Liner

Of course, I love my birdcage liner because it prevents bird droppings from getting caked on and stuck on the metal floor bars of the cage. You have no idea how much time scraping and cleaning this will save you.

4. Tape the Cracks in Your Seed Guard

There was an open crevice all the way around my cage's seed guard (sometimes called a seed skirt). So what I ended up doing was putting duct tape all around those open edges so that whatever falls into the bottom of the cage doesn't slip through those open cracks and end up all over the floor.

5. Close Off the Bottom Area of the Cage

I also took a thin piece of plastic, cut it to the right size, and made the sides solid all around the bottom of the cage where the birds don't go. A lot of mess ends up there, and all that debris (seeds, droppings, etc.) would literally spew out the open sides like crazy and end up all over my living room floor.

Closing off the sides completely stopped that from happening. So much less mess!

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