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Choosing the right perch

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C1: Most of the cages are sold with grooved plastic or dowel perches. For me, both are not appropriate, because both do not exercise the bird feet. C2: I change the perches regularly to different types of branches, but I tend more to apple branches. Apple branches are very good for keeping nails short. C3: I have good experience with mineral perches also called conditioning perches. This kind of perches keep your bird's nails and beak trimmed and healthy. C4: One thing we should always keep in mind: The natural behavior of a bird. The whole life of a bird is spent either standing or flying. When not flying, the bird is perching most of the time in trees on branches, standing all day, sleeping all night, always in the same position. No perch in the wild is perfectly straight and round. Caged bird feet will not be able to gain all the benefits that natural tree branches provide. Caged birds will not be able to strip the branch of its bark and forage in. This is the reason why caged birds will get arthritic conditions from having bad or unnatural perches.

Question:

Why are grooved perches or dowel perches

bad for your birds? What kind of perches are

recommended for birds?

C5: There are also rope perches in different versions, but it is best when a cage has all different kind of perches. I have a variety, dowel, rope and "ergonomic" plastic perches. When I can find good ones, I like to get some natural branches for them, too. C6: Dead branches made from manzanita, vine or java wood are the perfect perches for resting birds and are also good places to hang feeders. The uneven surfaces of dead branches help to challenge and exercise your bird's feet and legs. Besides, you can easy install branches in a cage and it look always more natural and is a perfect decoration. C7: For my parrot I bought a rope perch. I think rope perches grant a soft footing and exercises for any kind of pet bird to climb up and down. It’s good for the coordination and balance skills. Rope perches are offered in different sizes, for small and medium birds.

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