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    Disinfect a Nesting Box

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Nest boxes are essential for raising chicks. Any female bird will not lay eggs or reproduce is she doesn’t have a safe, secure and clean nest. A nesting box will be mounted somewhere inside the cage and provides somewhere to raise the chicks. Nest boxes can be made out of almost any material such as wood, metal or plastic. One of the most important things is to make sure that the nesting box is thoroughly cleaned between each clutch of eggs. A clean nest will prevent diseases from being spread. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Clean a Nest Box

    • When you clean a nesting box, you should wear protective clothing that will protect you from any nesting materials that could carry disease. Wear long sleeves and trousers and rubber gloves. If you suffer from any breathing problems or are concerned about potentially harmful particles, wear a face mask.
    • The first step when disinfecting nest boxes is to remove all of the old nesting material. Some nest boxes are removable and this makes it much easier to clean them. Make sure you dispose of the old nesting material accordingly.
    • Use plenty of soap and water to clean the nest boxes. Make sure that your scrub all of the grime and dirt off, a toothbrush can be good at getting in all of the corners. Once you have finished, make sure that you rinse the nesting box thoroughly and get rid of all traces of soap.
    • To really help disinfect the nesting box, mix a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water. The vinegar will kill off most remaining bugs or bacteria and is much cleaner and safer to use than bleach. Use this solution on the inside and outside of the nesting box.
    • It is best to let nest boxes air dry, if necessary, apply another coating of the vinegar solution and let it dry. The bird will now have a nice clean nest to raise the next clutch of eggs.
    • Before you put the nesting box back in the cage, refill it with bedding. Smaller birds will prefer shredded wood and corn cobs whilst larger birds like parrots prefer larger bedding such as straw or shredded newspaper.
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