We’ve been using newspaper for 25 years.
In general, we think it is safe for birds.
When you think about it the majority of cages across the world are lined with newspaper.
We just watched a movie set in the 1800s where canaries were used by the bad guys.
It was fun to know that even back then the screenwriters chose to use newspaper for the bottom of the canary cages.
Although newspaper is generally benign, chewed newspaper that is injested can impact the crop, intestines, proventriculus or ventriculus.
Chicks are prone to this because they’ll swallow almost anything.
To err on the side of caution, one does have to consider some soy-based ink may have petroleum in it.
A pure soy-based ink will be darker then a soy-based ink with petroleum in it which may means it contains VOC’s or “Volatile Organic Compounds”.
You can easily test for the presence of petroleum-based ink by rubbing a small area of the newsprint and you find your fingers get smudged, the ink does contain petroleum.
In that case, can consider Kraft paper off the roll or plain print free paper off the roll or even wax paper, the paper is not the issue it is the ease of cleaning that the article was written for.
The ultimate for your birds would be Prevue Pet T3 antimicrobial bird cage paper.
- Place a sheet of newspaper on top of the floor grate as well as under it in the tray – Less grate cleaning. (Safe??)
- Place food bowls on the newspaper (on the grate) not in the food dish holders – Seeds go into the tray not the floor
- Fill food dishes 1/4 – 1/3 full – Birds will become less selective and dump less
- Lose the metal seed guards – Less metal to clean
- Introduce some pellets and fresh or frozen vegetables then reduce seed usage (Tried this. Merlin will NOT eat pellets. He’s too spoiled I guess.)
- Use a handheld steam cleaner to clean the cage
- Place an office chair mat under the cage to help protect your home’s floor ( I did this. I really makes a difference)
- Of course at-the-end-of-the day you still do have to clean so here’s some great stuff to help you through your journey with your bird
Conclusion, if you don’t like to vacuum, don’t get a bird