One of the simplest ways to make living with and caring for your birds a little easier is to have extra food and water dishes. With extra's on hand, you need only pull out the dirty ones each day, pop them in the dishwasher and replace with fresh clean ones. If you only have one set of dishes, chances are you will skip washing it at least once in a while. Bacteria grows in dirty dishes and that leads to unnecessary vet bills. You should have at least 2 sets of dishes on hand to fit every cage. One (plus an extra) for food, one (plus an extra) for water and one (plus an extra) for soft foods like vegetables, fruits, treats and cooked foods.