What is the best perch for your pet parrot? The answer is simple: it must be a natural material like in the natural habitats of your birds. Birds in nature don’t need nails or beaks – their environment takes care of all that – so give your parrot a natural wooden perch.
Parrots in your home are on their feet 24/7 especially if they spend most of the day cooped up in their cages. Your bird needs a few perches of different diameters and uneven surfaces to properly use its feet – like tree branches and branches. The different structure/hardness of the perches will help you cut the beak and nails naturally; Many bird owners and breeders would strongly advise against using sandpaper and cement perches as it can damage your parrot’s feet. As a general rule, your bird’s feet should go 3/4 of the way around its main perch. Although perches are the easiest and most common to find, they should not be the only perches your bird has. Large wooden resting perches are also gaining popularity and can be mounted high in the cage for nighttime sleeping (they would recommend rope perches for this – give your parrot options and you’ll soon see a happier pet). New perches used by birds and already used perches should be cleaned and cleaned regularly (in front of the feeding area more often than others). In addition to cleaning, new natural wood perches could be baked at the lowest setting of 200 F for an hour or so to ensure that any insects that may be lurking in the wood are gone.
The most common perches you can find made (listed in alphabetical order, no preference):
The wood of the vine
Island Wood (coffee)
Wacky Wood File
All of these perches meet the needs of your parrots. They are all quite hard if properly cured/dried and have many other beneficial properties (some could be left with the skin, others sand blasted) as it makes the surface uneven and very comfortable for the parrot, others appreciated for its natural unevenness. Surfaces and crevices that can keep a parrot occupied for hours.
Cactus (Cholla) – Cholla is a term applied to various shrubby cacti of the genus Opuntia, with cylindrical stems composed of segmented joints. Perches made of these sun-dried cylindrical stems train your bird’s feet and legs; Give it some extra texture to chase, as well as an irresistible stick of chew; plus, Cholla’s natural nooks and crannies are great for hiding treats.
Cajeput treeWhite Tea Tree, also known as Swamp Tea Tree and White Wood, is a tree of the Myrtaceae family, native to the East Indies and Tropical Australia. Cajeput wood is hard and very strong when properly seasoned/dried. Tea tree oil derived from the leaves and branches is well known for its antiseptic properties. In addition to being native to Australia, these characteristics make it a good choice for parrot perches. Note that the oil of this tree is very volatile and some people report it as an allergen.
Dragon Wood (Dracaena is a genus of 40 suqqulent trees and shrubs) –the dragon tree is an evergreen tree, it grows very slowly – it can take 10 years to grow a tree of about 1 meter; so its wood is very dense and hard. The tree exterior, the sharpened life and the red resin are probably responsible for its name. Most of the species are native to Africa, a few to southern Asia and another to tropical Central America. The rock hard wood of these trees makes a good bird perch and is easy to clean. The dragon tree’s subtly curved, relatively straight and girth branches are also compared to those of the Manzanita.
Eucalyptus (very tough when properly seasoned/dried) makes a great perch. Eucalyptus trees are the natural habitat of many birds and parrots. The wood from these trees is used by a few pet companies in perches and parrot toys; you can also find parrot chew toys made from eucalyptus wood and leaves that are beneficial for your bird (due to the trace elements and minerals and oils, the leaves are also thought to help reduce inflammation). The perch of this tree can be beneficial for the health of parrots’ feet, as eucalyptus oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
You can make a perch for your bird from fresh eucalyptus bough if you have it available, although it wouldn’t be as durable as professionally seasoned/dried, but on the other hand if you have a constant supply – replace it as soon as it becomes a structure. weak.
The wood of the vine – Old vines are a by-product of pruning, valued for their natural appearance, attractive shape and excellent durability. It is a renewable resource and is only suitable for environments with medium or low humidity, like most human homes. Under high humidity or humidity, vine wood tends to rot or mold easily. Many bird owners report that their pets loved the natural wooden cracks and knots. Sandblasted perches are easy to clean.
Island Wood (Coffee) – After many years of coffee production, coffee trees become unproductive and dormant. After these trees were removed from the ground, their branches were properly shaped and carved to make various applications – pet perches and poles. Usually its hardwood is cut, sanded and dried in the oven.
Manzanita appreciated for its hardness and unique shape. You can find your skin intact (red color) or sandblasted, depending on your preference. Sandblasted Manzanita has a coarse surface texture and clean elegant presentation. Natural Red Manzanita has a smoother surface texture and a darker appearance – from bright red to deep burgundy, depending on age.
Tape Wood – Very hardy shrubs and trees of New Zealand and Australia, whose inner bark produces a strong fiber similar to flax. Several species in the genera Plagianthus and Hoheria 2 have the common name Ribbonwood with very similar descriptions. Perches from this hardwood usually retain the inner skin that your bird can peel off for hours of fun.
Rosewood – Refers to some richly toned woods, often with darker browns, but found in different shades. All rosewoods are strong and heavy, take an excellent polish and are a good choice for bird perches. True rosewoods belong to the genus Dalbergia. Most species originated in Brazil, tropical America, Southeast Asia, Madagascar and Africa.
Yellow Wood Cow – refers to the wood of the Cratoxylum cochinchinense tree – fairly common in semi-open areas and forest edges in Burma (Myanmar), southern China (Hainan, Hong Kong), Malay Peninsula, Indochina, Indonesia (Sumatra, Borneo), Thailand and Laos. (in Khammou). The wide range of uses makes this tree an excellent green option: this deciduous tree is one of the first trees to return to the forest. Other very good reasons to use them for bird perches are durability, toughness, flexibility and good resistance to splintering. The wood is believed to be lighter and harder than Manzanita wood.
Wacky Wood File – Perches are usually made from the roots of the equatorial lime, the natural irregular shape of this perch provides excellent exercise for the birds to walk (it often has a spiral shape). Lima Root is an ultra hard wood known for its long lasting durability. And with all its jumps and curves, your bird is sure to get a workout!
* – All information provided is a collective of many sources on the Internet, bird owners, breeders and other public sources. It is provided for your convenience only and does not represent any warranty or promise. If in doubt, always contact your avian veterinarian and the manufacturer of the product in question.