One of the most common issues experienced by many bird owners is bird dust, which is the white powdery substance produced by your feathered friend. Aside from accumulating as dust in home appliances and furniture, bird dust may cause health issues such as allergies. Fortunately, there are effective ways to minimize and control its harmful effects.
The first thing to do when battling bird dust is to avoid, as much as possible, owning birds that produce the most amount of this powdery substance. The best way to do this is to do a thorough research about bird species via books or through the internet. With the popularity of pet birds, getting information such as this is easy if you know where to look. In addition, you can ask breeders about their experiences regarding bird dust. More often than not, their information is accurate and valid.
So what are the species that produce the most dust? Bird enthusiast’s state that birds classified as “powder down birds” have the highest tendency to produce bird dust. This specie includes African Greys, Cockatoos, and Cockatiels.
How harmful is bird dust?
When you hear the word dust, the first thing that usually comes to mind is allergic reaction or other respiratory issues. Obviously, anything connected to dust must be avoided. This case is true for birds, which have small air pathways. When pollutants like dust clog these small airways, difficulty in breathing and other health issues are probably going to be experienced. It is best for your pet bird to always have clear air ways to prevent respiratory issues so bird dust must always be keep at bay.
Similar to birds, bird dust is harmful and may cause various health issues to humans. If you have an existing respiratory issue or allergic to dust, it is a no brainer that you must avoid this harmful dust. Furthermore, regular exposure to bird dust by people who have no existing respiratory issues may lead to future health issues. The reason behind this is the fact that regular inhalation of small or large amounts of bird dust puts extra stress to the regular functions of the respiratory system. When bird dust enters the respiratory system, the lungs are forced to work double time to clean and filter the dust out the body. In the long run, regular exposure will weaken the lungs and increase the risks of developing respiratory conditions.
With all these information shared, the next question will probably be about ways to minimize or stop the production of bird dust. Is there really a way to prevent birds from producing this harmful dust? Unfortunately, bird dust is a natural part of your bird’s life so it will be produced and experienced all throughout your pet’s life span. However, this is not enough reason to part ways with your pet or prevent you from enjoying the perks of being a bird owner.
How to Clean Bird Dust
One of the most effective methods to minimize bird dust is to regularly bathe your pet. Although daily bathing is not recommended, a healthy alternative is to wipe your pet’s feathers with a damped cloth one or twice a week. Doing this will clean its feathers and remove accumulated bird dust in its body. If you prefer to bathe instead of wiping, make sure to use lukewarm water to avoid developing colds or fever.
Another alternative is to let your bird clean itself by providing a small water dish filled with lukewarm water in its cage. In addition, shower perch, which is available in pet stores, allows your pet to take a shower anytime it wants. Pick the right sized shower perch for your cage and install in an area that can be easily accessed by your pet.
The most recommended way to clean bird dust that has accumulated in home appliances and furniture is by wiping them with a wet cloth. Doing this will remove all dust and prevent it from just spreading again in the air. For the flooring of your home, use a wet cloth mop and clean thoroughly. Make sure to also wipe all hard to reach corners where dust will accumulate faster.