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Is It Safe ?

I was given a bigger cage , so I put the old cage outside so my Peanut can get some fresh & new . Now I have nice wild birds eating the seeds in the open cage, my question is letting "wild" birds in , is there a problem letting my Conure in the cage without cleaning it, do the "wild" carrie disease to worry about ? / Thanks
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I would not allow my bird into a cage that has had wild birds in it without giving it a wash down with bleach water (or another good disinfectant) and then a good rinse with fresh clean water. Yes wild birds can and frequently do carry parasites, mites, and diseases that can be passed onto your feathered friend. Better yet can you cover the cage so the wild ones can't get into it when your not using it?
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I agree with ParrotletsRock, definitely a huge chance of disease transfer from wild birds to yours if they poop or even just hang out on that cage outside. I would clean it really well with bleach/water mix like previously stated and then keep it inside when you aren't using it. (remember too that bleach is basically useless if left out in any type of light for more than 30 minutes so use the bleach/water mix right away and then let it sit for at least 10 minutes on the cage before rinsing it off)

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Wild birds could have bacterias in their bodies which the immune system of your conure can't kill.
I wouldn't let him into the aviary again without desinfection.
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Bird pooh from the wilds can carry nasties.
The other issues would be mites and lice.
This may only apply to some countries, not all.
And I would be covering the top so that birds cannot pooh down into the aviary.
I would water blast and find new mulch to put on the floor.
I look for any pollution, contamnation, when using natural woods (branches and tree tops).
A good wash in very hot water and dishwashing liquid, rinse and leave in sunlight to dry, before using. Well except the tree tops and flowers they just go straight onto the gym. But I would consider the tops are clean as not many birds get there.

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