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“Cheep Tricks & Tips!” by Harry Cornwell
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Branches from trees which are safe for your birds can be the best possible
choice as perches. They are better than dowels or plastic perches which are
smooth and mostly the same thickness and texture.
Make sure that the perches don’t have small crevices which your bird could
catch a claw in the length of the perch or in the way it attaches to the cage
or stand.
Pieces which vary in thickness will help the birds to exercise their legs and
keep their feet flexible.
The perches must be too thick for the bird’s feet to more than two-thirds of
the distance around them. If the claws meet or overlap when it is on the
perch, it will not be able to get a strong grip and could fall or damage its
You need to check about what the branches have been treated with in the
past before putting them where your bird can use them.
What sprays and other chemicals have been used on or around them? Keep
in mind that your trees will get drift from nearby properties and any sprays
applied to the edges of the roads alongside your home as well.
Some chemicals will be absorbed into the wood and sap of a tree. The level
of the active substances stored in the branches can increase when the trees
are re-sprayed each season. You can’t tell how much of any chemical is
inside the timber, so it’s best to discard any which may have had any
dangerous sprays at all used on them.
I got some branches from a neighbor’s cherry tree last year. She is very
cautious with sprays and they had only been sprayed with White Oil the
previous season. The two birds loved pecking at the bark. Some of the
branches were forked and the smallest bird would settle in a fork and sleep
on any sunny afternoons.