Bird Cage Perches

Written by Jill Morrison
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There are many choices available for bird cage perches. You can't find one perfect perch. Birds require a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures to meet their needs. Without the appropriate perches, birds will develop arthritis and feet abnormalities. To maintain the health and happiness of your bird, choose several perches and make sure they are the right size.

Choosing Bird Cage Perches

The bird's feet should not be able to wrap completely around a perch, but rest on the top half. Some of the choices of materials for bird cage perches are natural branch, cement, plastic, acrylic, wood dowel, and PVC pipe. Slippery perches are easy to clean but make grasping difficult. Plastic and acrylic should be sanded to provide more texture.

Cement perches are useful to keep a bird's mails trimmed. Placement near a food cup will make sure that the perch is used. Natural branches make the best perches. They should be used for the roosting perch at the top of the cage. The branch should have varying diameters so that the bird can choose the most comfortable spot for sleeping.

Additional perches should be placed at different heights in the cage. Ideally, no perch will have another one directly above or below it. This will promote cleanliness. Bird cage perches must be kept clean and disinfected. A bleach and water solution will sanitize them. The right choice of perches will produce a happy, healthy bird

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