How to Stop Your Bird from Dirtying its Own Water

Birds need their water changed every day, regardless of its clarity or current state. Some species do however like to soak their pellets in water, which increases the frequency of refills. Even though there is no foolproof way to stop your bird from dirtying his water, here are some tips to minimize the chances.


  1. 1
    Don't place perches directly above water dishes, or in places where your bird's excrement will likely fall.
  2. 2
    Don't place the water dish right next to the food dish. This avoids food particles disturbed by feeding from contaminating the water.
  3. 3
    Buy a vertical water bottle/container that attaches to the side of the cage. See Warnings below.
  4. 4
    Attach the vertical water bottle above and to the side of the food dish. This prevents water from dripping out and contaminating food as well.
  5. 5
    Don't put the water dish near the bottom of the cage. It will most likely be contaminated quickly, which can lead to bird illness.


  • If your bird isn't used to a water bottle (similar to what rodents use), they could die of dehydration by not knowing how to use it.
  • By buying a water bottle/container that attaches to the outside of the cage decreases effort required to change the water on the owners' behalf. It also eliminates the chance for your bird to take a bath.

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