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    How to Build a Homemade Bird Perch

    ArticleParrot AdviceWednesday 01 June 2011
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    As pet birds for sale spend most of their caged time sitting on their feet, it is paramount that they have strong, suitable, comfortable perches in their cages. Perches not only give them a resting spot, but also serve the purpose of providing a device to groom their beaks. Bird perches for sale are easy to find but they are also easy to make at home if you prefer. Bear in mind not to use any toxic materials in your construction of the perch as birds, especially parrots for sale, spend a lot of time grooming their beaks on, and even chewing, their perches.


    Do not build the bird perch with particularly smooth material – birds need grip, so a smooth perch will be difficult for them to sit on. Birdtrader recommends that you choose wood as the main material for the perch as it provides the ideal texture. However, as a word of warning, wood from plum, apricot, nectarine and peach trees should not be used, as substances from these trees can be dangerous to birds.


    The diameter of the perch should be in proportion to the size of the bird's feet. Ideally, its feet should be able to comfortably reach two thirds of the way around the perch's circumference. If you are constructing more than one perch, pick up branches of various diameters so as to provide different sitting spots for your pet bird.


    Cut a tree branch using a saw to a length that will fit neatly horizontally across your cage – but not any longer. Now you will need two hanger bolts per bird perch as well as the washers and wing nuts that fit with the hanger bolt.

    Cut both ends of the branch neatly, taking care to keep the ends as flat as possible. This will help fit the perch inside the cage. A jig saw is perfectly appropriate for cutting the branches of wood neatly and straightly. Make sure to clean the wood thoroughly using a substance that is not toxic for birds.

    With an electric drill or screwdriver, insert the hanger bolts into the end of the branch on both ends. Add a washer inside and outside the cage and secure the construction using wingnuts. Voilá, you’ve made a perfect wooden perch to go inside your avian friend’s cage! However, just remember that if you’re not happy with your creation, you can always find a wide range of bird accessories for sale on BirdTrader.

     

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