Carpet damage and birds

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Carpet damage and birds

Post by Cecil Blo » Sat, 30 Jan 1993 06:53:00



I wonder if anyone has any magic remedy for getting bird poop out of and  
off carpets.  Given that accidents will occur, carpet covering is not a  
100% solution unless all of it can be covered all the time (which in my  
case isn't practical).  And what about potty training? How would you do  
this?
Is there any significant variation in the acidity of bird poop by species?  
The two critters in question are a lovebird and yellow-collared macaw.  Is  
carpet ruination inevitable or can it be avoided?
Any advice will be very very very welcome.....

--  Cecil "Max" Bloch

 
 
 

Carpet damage and birds

Post by Justin Brought » Sat, 30 Jan 1993 09:52:49


Quote:

>I wonder if anyone has any magic remedy for getting bird poop out of and  
>off carpets.  Given that accidents will occur, carpet covering is not a  
>100% solution unless all of it can be covered all the time (which in my  
>case isn't practical).  And what about potty training? How would you do  
>this?

For our Lovebird "Jiggy" potty training was more of a wonderful accident
of our training her.
Everytime she got out of her cage she would want to get immediately onto
our shoulders (and lately into her various toys). We have made it a rule
that she does not do anything until she is outstretched on an extended
arm for about 10 seconds or until she poops. This takes advantage of
two things - imprints in the bird's memory that if I poop immediately
I get to play quicker, and a natural instinct not to foul the nest by
going to a long branch (in this case my arm) and bombing whatever is
underneath.
On occasion she does a fake poop which is quite funny to see where
she lifts up her tail, then looks at me as if to say
"Daddy I really did go - honest. Now can I play?"

--

Justin Broughton
Configurex Inc., South San Francisco, California
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My opinions are my own, My employer's opinions are her own, and hardly
the twain meet.
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Carpet damage and birds

Post by Mary La » Mon, 01 Feb 1993 06:06:31


re: bird poop on carpets:

I have good luck with Simple Green cleaner (about half-strength) in a
spray bottle, and a wet paper towel.  Spray several spots around the room;
by then, the first spot has usually soaked long enough to lift up the
lumpy part with the paper towel (the bond between the dropping and the
carpet fibers has been dissolved), then scrub & fluff the remaining stain
with the paper towel (wet).

re: potty training

my birds started learning in the mornings.  For some reason, they seem to
hold it in all night, and need a *big* poop by the time I uncover them
in the morning.  If you take them out right away, put them on the approved
potty chair (their t-stand with paper over the base), wait for the poop,
& praise like crazy, they get the idea quickly.

My problem is, my bird who can fly is great about flying to his stand to
take care of business and then flying back (well, 90% of the time), but
the birds I keep clipped, *I* have to anticipate the moment.  A dilemma...

Mary Lane

 
 
 

Carpet damage and birds

Post by Ruth D Mill » Wed, 03 Feb 1993 05:42:06


One nice thing about bird poop is it is water-soluble.  I find with
out kids (lovebirds) the best thing is to allow the poop to dry and
then remove it with a stiff bristly thing such as a toothbrush and
vacuum.  Whatever stayed behind in clothing etc always washed out
perfectly in the washer.

The babies were different--their "nest" when Iwas handfeeding was
a bowl lined with a folded old t-shirt, covered with a folded paper
towel.  Bird poop stained the t-shirts with greenish blotches that
had to be bleached out.  This only happened while the babies were
being handfed, so it had to do with the fomula (it's wetter than
solid food, etc.)

A bigger bird is a bit different.  I don't _think_ permanent damage
could be done to a carpet, but I'm not experienced, either--anyone
else?

Ruth