Bird Perches

Written by Jill Morrison
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Considerable time and effort goes into choosing the perfect bird cage. Once this is accomplished, equal effort should be given to perches. A pet bird will spend the majority of his life on a perch. Various choices of size and material are required. Perfect bird perches will provide exercise as well as protection from disease.

Varieties of Bird Perches

A combination of several perches is preferred for all birds. Size is critical. The bird's feet should not be able to wrap completely around the perch. They should rest on the top half. Three or four different sizes provide exercise and improve strength of the feet. The wrong size may cause arthritis and other diseases.

A cement perch will help keep the bird's nails smooth and rounded. To make sure that the bird uses the perch, it should be placed near a food or water cup. Natural branch makes one of the best bird perches. They are comfortable and provide a source of chewing material. Therefore, these perches need to be replaced more often than other types. Some safe woods are apple, elm, manzanita, pine, poplar, and willow. Other materials to be considered for additional perches are wood dowels, plastic, acrylic, and PVC pipe.

Bird perches must be cleaned regularly. A dirty perch is hazardous to the bird's health. Birds often wipe their beaks on their perch while eating. Therefore, the perch near the food dish should be made of a material that is easy to clean. Perches can be disinfected with a ten percent bleach and water solution. They will provide many benefits to your bird if they are chosen carefully.


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