Water is an essential ingredient for all living things, and pet birds are no exception. Your pet bird needs to be provided a daily supply of fresh water in order to maintain its health. Inadequate water changes can lead to bacterial growth in the water container that can have serious negative consequences for your avian companions.
Bacteria in Water
When keeping your water clean for your pet birds, bacterial growth is measured in doubling time, that is the time it takes for bacteria to double in number in your bird’s water. Many bacteria double their population in 2 to 3 hours. This means that if you put clean water in your bird’s cage at 8 AM and it takes a drink and passes some bacteria to the water, it can reach harmful levels by evening.
Bacteria can make its way into your bird’s water by the simple act of them drinking . Over time this small population of bacteria can grow to harmful numbers. Open water bowls or cups also pose even more dangers as that bird droppings can be introduced to the water which certainly poses a health risk if consumed. Even closed water bottles should be changed daily as bacteria still can be deposited when the bird drinks.
Here are a couple of watering options for your pet birds that eliminate the open top and can help control the introduction of bacteria into the water.
Small Bird Water Feeder
This waterer from JW Pets is constructed of durable plastic and is dishwasher safe. It is meant to be used with small birds such as finches, canaries, and cockatiels. You can mount this waterer on either horizontal or vertical cage bars, making it extremely versatile. The water chamber is easily removable for refilling without spilling a drop of water.
Large Bird Water Bottle and Dispenser
This is a larger bottle that can be used for birds as well as other animals. In addition to the glass water container, all of the hardware is stainless steel and can be sterilized. A USDA approved rubber stopper controls the water flow and the waterer is easily installed on most cages.
Benefits of Bird Water Dispensers
- Using a closed vessel to hold your bird’s water eliminates the possibility that bird droppings can foul the water.
- A large bottle can be placed outside the cage, saving valuable inner space for other accessories.
What to consider with Bird Water Bottles for Cages
- Ensure that the bottle you choose can be mounted on the type and area of the cage you are using. Some are better suited to be mounted on either horizontal or vertical cage bars.
- The bottle should be easy to access and remove for daily cleaning and re-filling.
- If you have multiple birds, obtain a bottle that holds enough for your birds’ daily needs.
Just remember! When using a water bottle, you need to change it daily even if the water appears to be clean. You may be tempted to leave it in place for a few days, but this is not recommended as bacteria can reproduce and lead to health problems for your birds.