It is so important to have many different types of surfaces for your bird to perch on in his home. When you think about it your bird never sits down or gets off of his feet so he is always standing 24 hours a day 7 days a week even when he is sleeping. Can you imagine if you stood on your feet for the rest of your life on only one type of surface? Imagine how your feet would feel.
Providing different types, textures and diameters in perches is extremely important to your feather friends health and well being.
In the wild, birds will perch on many different types of tree branches which helps them strengthen their feet and leg muscles. Our domesticated birds do not have the same opportunity to do that in their homes(cages).
By using a variety of perches you can help prevent and alleviate cage stress, boredom and related feather picking as well as strengthening leg and feet muscles.
These are the four bird perch types you should have in your birds cage.
These bird perches are soft and bendable and can be made into fun shapes for your bird to walk around on. I have at least one rope perch in everyone of my birds cages. I bend them and make them into a kind of “S” loop across the cage. What makes these perches really good for your bird is the softness. When a bird is forced to perch on a hard surface constantly they can get an irritation on the bottom of their feet so having a nice soft perch available gives your bird a chance to have something soft on the bottom of their feet.
Natural Hardwood-Cholla Perches
These perches best mimic your parrots natural environment. This gives a domestic bird a chance to experience life the way they would have in the wild. It is important to make sure you vary the size, shape and diameter of these perches. What is great about these hardwood bird perches is that they are natural so they will come with texture variations which will really help your bird build up his feet and leg muscles.
Nail Trimming-Cement Perches
These perches are great for you the human as well as for your bird. They help to keep your birds nails trim so you do not have to take them as often for that dreaded visit to the vet or bird shop. Making sure that your birds nails are not too long is extremely important. Long nails can get caught in toys and other things and your bird can get hurt trying to get their nail out. Cement bird perches also provide a completely different type of texture for your bird to perch on.
This is a relatively new type of bird perch. This type of bird perch is just what the name says “edible bird perch” which means your bird can chew and eat this type of perch. Made of Calcium and Bee Pollen your bird can obtain valuable nutrients while sitting and nibbling away. I have seen this perch hung from the top of the cage more like a toy or it can be hung like a regular perch. My African Grey Jerry loves to nibble on his perch as does my Cockatoo Marshmellow. I know that they are getting Calcium as they are eating it.
The most important thing to remember is to give your feathered friend lots of options in his home. Also, keep in mind that most birds will climb to the highest perch in their cage to sleep so you should vary that high perch between all the different textures available. This way your bird is not just sleeping on the same perch type night after night.