It’s usually a plastic or nylon based powder that literally bonds to the substrate (the metal the cage is made out of) under high heat.
Because powder coating bonds on a molecular basis to the base metal under high heat the only reason the powder coating is peeling off your bird cage is
A) you bought a crappy cage
B) you are under the misguided impression that only way to clean a cage is to take it to the backyard and pressure wash it, as the best and most efficient way to clean it.
Crappy cages are sold all the time on “wholesale” websites, Amazon or eBay.
They have no recognizable brand name.
You can’t e-mail or call them and ask if you get a copy of their assay or test report indicating things like the percentage of zinc in the metal.
A assay (lab report) is available from any of the US based name brand bird cage importers.
No bird cages are being massed produced in the US at the time this post was redeployed.
As stated above, powder coating binds to the metal – the metal you see.
Most wrought iron cages today have four “wall frames” of square tubular steel.
Tubular, as in hollow on the inside.
If you examine your bird cage closely you’ll notice on the horizontal tubular pieces there’s usually a hole or two on the bottom of that section.
These are called weep holes. They allow the water you drenched your cage with to slowly escape.
While the water is slowly escaping, the metal is slowly oxidizing.
Oxidizing is a fancy word for rusting which is what your cage is doing from the inside out because you are filling all the tubular components of your cage with water.
Cut it out!
Get a steamer or spend a little more time with some Poop Off and a cage appropriate (non abrasive) cleaning sponge. something you would use to clean a Teflon pan (which you shouldn’t have in your kitchen if you have bird anyway)
You’re doing all the right things to keep your cage cleaned but your bird is chewing the powder coating you say?
My next question will always be, “Is your cage the only thing you are offering for your bird to chew on?”
If all that is in your cage is a two-year-old bell and a couple of heavily pooped on toys that have been there for months I gotta ask, if you were a bird what else would you chew on – besides the cage?
If you’re not sure where to start with that question read this.
written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing
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