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Old 06-22-2016, 02:37 AM
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Default First Full Cleaning on Tiki's Cage Tomorrow.

Hello again,all.
I've had Tiki for pretty much a week now, and tomorrow I'm going to attempt a first weekly full cage cleaning. Obviously since he is still relatively new, he is not hand tamed/finger trained yet, and I just want to clean the enclosure without him getting stressed out about it. I'm also very paranoid of him trying to run away from me, and not being able to catch him.

What is the best (and least stressful way for both Tiki and I), to go about doing this?

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In order to provide a more relaxing environment and decrease the stress levels, you can have some music on, this will help not only you, but also your Tiki.
Try to be as calm as possible when approaching the cage and when cleaning, also do so carefully and slowly. By avoiding more sudden movements while cleaning, the chances of your Tiki being more scared and stressed out are reduced. You can also use your voice and talk to Tiki in a calm and reassuring way while doing the cleaning.
If he happens to escape the cage while you are cleaning, try not to freak out.
You can take one of his favourite perches from the cage and slowly approach him. Most likely, Tiki will automatically step onto the perch and then you can very slowly lead him back to the cage.

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Ana's given wonderful advice.

I would only add if you're planning to do the cage clean sometime around when he feeds then if he does escape the cage and the perch idea doesn't work, I would put his feed in the cage as normal and this might help tempt him back in.
At last if he does get out and your room is bird safe you could even leave him out until he returns himself, as long as he is safe while he is out. Best of luck.
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Hi Jessica,

I agree with Aluz. When you pull the tray out, do so very slowly so as to not startle him. Cleaning food and water bowls should be done in the same way; hopefully your cage has the separate doors for each and if that is the case, slowly pull them out. Since Tiki is still very new, there is no need to remove his toys/perches for cleaning yet, so he should be just fine!

Best of luck, I hope it all goes well!
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Thanks everyone! I'm happy to report that I have successfully completed a full cage cleaning today for Tiki Even though it took over an hour to do, I went pretty slow with my movements in an attempt to not stress him out too much. He did get a little excited when I tried removing accessories from the cage for cleaning(probably the most time consuming part,in all honesty),but he did not escape his enclosure,he fluttered around inside it(adding that his wings are clipped).
I did indeed play some music for him the whole time. I found when I switch to a video of budgies chirping, it seemed to calm him a bit more, and he seemed more tolerable of me putting stuff back in his cage because of it!
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Good job, will get easier in the future
When I remove Fido's special ball, to clean it, he will jump on my hand and stay there as I take it out, then patiently wait by my side during the cleaning, making sure I don't "hurt it" haha
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I'm glad the cage cleaning went well! It's good to hear things went smoothly and the fact that you took such care only means that he will warm up faster in the future to you doing things with the cage.

Well done!
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