Dealing With Bird Dust--3 Ways to Minimize The Bird Dust You Breathe

Published: 22nd March 2010
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All birds create some dust or powder, but there are some bird species that create a lot more of it than others, and breathing this dust constantly is not healthy for you or your bird. Here are 3 ways to effectively remove bird dust from your air and create a healthier lifestyle for you and your bird.

Research Bird Species--All birds are not created equal when it comes to the amount of bird dust they produce. The production of this dust that can be so irritating for us helps birds like the African Grey, Cockatiel and Cockatoo maintain healthy wing structure.

If you have not already decided on a bird, consider Quakers, Lorikeets, Eclectus, Parrotlet, Budgies, Conures, Amazons, and Macaws which are naturally prone to produce less dust.

Clean the Cage Regularly--Frequent cleaning of the cage by removing soiled paper, damp mopping the inside of the cage, and cleaning the area around the outside of the cage will help reduce the dust, feathers, and dander. Cleaning the cage regularly will also make the bird room a nicer place to be.

Clean air will help keep your bird's air passages from becoming clogged by removing tiny particles of feathers and dust before they can be inhaled. These can clog your bird's air passages and cause respiratory problems as bacteria and viruses (especially psittacosis) attach to and enable transmission of respiratory diseases. Removing airborne particles of all sizes reduces that risk.

The dust, feathers, and dander are also present in the wild but they are able to dissipate into the air. In captivity unless you actively filter the air with filters that can trap these often sub-micron size particles, you and your bird are forced to breathe pollutants that get thicker each day.

Use an Air Purifier to Remove Bird Dust--An air purifier placed in the room with your bird is an excellent solution for removing airborne pollutants such as bird dust, and feathers, as well as sub-micron size particles like bacteria and viruses that are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

The most effective type of filtration is HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filtration. An air cleaner with this type of filter by definition must remove 99.97% of airborne particulates down to .3 microns in size.

Fortunately, it will not only remove bird related particulates but normal household pollutants as well. One of the perks of this kind of filtration is it won't just remove bird related pollutants. HEPA filtration will remove all kinds of airborne particulates as small as .3 microns including things like household dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, and pet dander.

Removing these pollutants while they are still airborne means both you and your family enjoy cleaner air, a healthier lifestyle, with more time to enjoy your bird, and less time cleaning.


Don't let bird dust interfere with the health of your bird, your family, or you. See how you can take the dust out of your air with the air purifier at

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