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Hi all,

I've seen some people here recommend a Shop Vac for vacuuming bird areas. I'm currently using a regular vacuum (Dyson animal) and find that it just pushes seeds around instead of picking them up; I have to use the wand attachment to get those, and even then, the suction isn't as good as I'd expect (for a $500 vacuum), and long feathers can really clog it up. I'm thinking about getting a Shop Vac to use instead but have a few questions.

1. How good is it at picking up fine dust (as from feather particles) and trapping them in the bin without spewing them back out into the air?
2. How easy is it to empty the canister without dust getting everywhere (I live in an apartment and cannot easily go outside to do this)?
3. How does the noise level compare to a regular vacuum?
4. Can it also be used as a regular vacuum, as on area rugs?
5. Can anyone recommend specific brands/models?

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Hi Jenn,

Sorry the high end vacuum isnt doing the job . Unfortunately sometimes you just dont get what you pay for :( I've found the best home vacuums are the kind that has the clear plastic dirt chamber that you see the air spin around like a miniature tornado ... "cyclonic" action some of the companies call it . I suppose you can get a dud in one of those too ... but mine has been super and out cleaned anything I ever had . .

Anyway to answer your question ... a Shop Vac is definitely the way to go . If you can afford to get one and dedicate it just for the pigeon coup even better .

A trick I used at the shop in very dusty conditions is to put a couple gallons of water in the bottom. . The dust etc will settle out of the air into the water and reduce any chance of it coming out the exhaust port . There also is a foam filter under the top which will further remove anything . IF you REALLY want to make this thing a dust killer , wet and wring out an old towel and put it over the exhaust port and secure it with a couple of Bungee cords . Nothing will get through it . :) Dump water and hose out and you are good to go again . Could put a bit of bleach into it too if you want . Thats the only worry I have about pigeons , is the dust and dander from feathers and feces . If you get sensitized to it , the stuff can make you pretty sick and possibly have to give up your birds :(.

Nice thing about a shop vac , it can be used wet or dry so if you hose out the coup you can go in right afterwards and vacuum up the excess water etc.

Noisy , YES they are ! But the birds dont seem to mind after a couple sessions of use . Best thing ever for pigeon clean up detail . ;)

As for brand names . I believe mine is made by "Shop Vac" not sure without checking , but many good brands out there. I think I got mine at Home Depot many years ago , and its still going strong .

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Whoops !

I didnt see the part that you are in an apartment so you wont have a coup I guess . Hmmm , well everything still applies . You could dump it in the toilet and rinse with water . They do make different sizes too . Mine is a 10 gallon , you may not need one that size for sure . But a shop vac is still worth considering as I think you'll find it the most efficient for cleanup .

Do you have a room dedicated to the pigeons or just a cage , how are you set up ?

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Sounds like a winner, Hambone!!

I am a FIRM believer/advocate of all the junk going into water! I use a Rainbow vacuum cleaner in my apartment. This brand used to be known as RexAir and has been around for YEARS! I used one to clean my room back in 1948!

I don't know if they make a small vac but from what you have described, Hambone, yours sounds just great!

Also doesn't hurt to wear a mask as many do...maybe even goggles??

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Thanks, Hambone. I have some birds in a small room and some others in cages. Someone is building me an aviary (which will go inside a room), so I'm hoping to consolidate. The aviary is going to have a plexiglass bottom, which should help contain a lot of the dust/feathers. Vacuuming is so much work, and I'm trying to make my life easier and also reduce the dust in the apartment for my poor cats (already have two HEPA filters and an "air sterilizer").

I like your idea of water in the bottom to trap dust particles. I'm going to look around and see what I can find. So far I see that they sell HEPA filters for Shop Vacs, so maybe I'll think about one of those. My Dyson seems to be leaving a trail of dust behind...I wonder if the dust it's picking up is overwhelming the filter.

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I use the Hoover windtunnel. It does a great job and picks up seeds, feathers (the smaller ones) and all dust. It has a HEPA filter too which I wash weekly and replace once in while.
I vacuum the cages with the hose.

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I use a Shop Vac in the loft, and love it. I put a hose on the exhaust end, and just blow the dust outside, through a window. Hambone, I like the idea of the water in the bottom of the vac. That would be even better. Thanks for the idea. I'll try it. The Shop Vacs pick up great, and my birds don't seem to mind the noise.It does a good job of picking up the dust. I have the small one for the loft, as I can just leave it out there in the storage room. Actually, we bought it for vacuming out the cars, but I tried it in the loft, and it worked so well, that I took it over for that purpose. And yes, they work well for rugs too.
 

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this sounds great but i think u really need to see how we clean it in india.
we use our hands to scrap the poop from the base of the loft on a daily basis and dust is sweep ed away by normal brooms. not aware whether all people doing this but did not find the vaccum cleaner as useful as u find as we are used to that hand scrapping thing daily.
even we keep upto 300-400 birds in a loft but we somehow clean it on a daily basis.

i had used a vaccum once but did not like the cleaning effect
 

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I scrape daily also, a couple of times, and sweep with a broom. I use the shop vac on occasion when I really want to get the dust up that you just don't get with sweeping. I don't use it on a daily basis.
 

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sweeping just gets the pigeon dust blowing all around, should use a mask if you do that daily, the shop vac I have is big, it sucks all the feathers and the dust up without it dusting up the place, but it is too big for an apartment, the next best thing would be the fireplace vaccumes.
 

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Yes, I like that fireplace vaccume. Maybe I should use the shop vac every day? I want to try it with the water in it.
 

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