Natural Wood Perches – Part II *

This is the second part to my Natural Wood Perches series. First I will explain how you can make your very own homemade natural wood perch out of natural branches that you can find and then link to some stores that I’ve heard have some nice quality perches for sale.

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BEFORE MAKING: Make sure all wood used is safe and all metal should be stainless steel to prevent metal poisoning. Branches chosen should also be the correct size for your birds feet, and only range in sizes/diameters slightly different from each other.

Materials Needed:

  • Safe, non-toxic Branch(es)
  • Washers (2 per branch)
  • Hanger Bolts
  • Wing or Hexagonal Nuts (Wing Nuts are more convenient)

Most of these should be found at your local hardware store.

Be sure to match diameter of the washer hole with the hanger bolt diameter. Also check to see that the nut threads on the hanger bolt before you leave the hardware store. – Taken from “Making natural wood parrot and bird perches”

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Tools:

  • Saw/Cutting Tool
  • Drill
  • Pliers (Just in case)
  • Wrench (If using hexagonal nuts) or Hand Held Nut Driver
  • Screwdriver (Cordless if you have/can get one)
  • Nut (For threading in the Hanger Bolt, make sure it has one closed end and it fits on the end of the Hanger Bolt)

Other Requirements:

  • Oven
  • Normal Bolts (Optional)

Here are the four easy steps to making a natural perch all by yourself!

1. Find the Tree

First off, you need to find and identify a safe, non-toxic tree to get your branch(es) from. Use the link below to find an extensive list on which kind of tree is safe, or you can just use the list below of trees that are local to me. I only kept this for my sake but feel free to just read through it.

Hardwood Trees:

  • Birch
  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Aspen
  • Poplar
  • Elm
  • Maple
  • Ironwood

Softwood Trees:

  • Spruce
  • Pine
  • Larch
  • Fir

Make sure that the tree you picked out is not near a road where fumes from passing cars can get on it and make sure there aren’t any chemicals on it. (Insecticides, pesticides, etc.)

If you are having trouble trying to find out what trees are safe for your bird, try this link: Safe and Harmful Perch Wood

If you are having trouble trying to identify a tree, try this link: Tree Identification Using a Tree Leaf Key

2. Pick a Branch, Then Clean It

After you find a safe tree to get your branch from, you must find a good branch to use.

First, make sure it is the size and shape you want. Take into consideration of how many branches are growing out of the main one, the curves of the branch, etc. You need to pick the type of branch that suits what you think your bird needs, and one that is in the correct size. You don’t want to get one with a 2″ diameter when it is only for your budgie! Even though different sizes help exercise your bird’s feet, it isn’t healthy to have one that is too small or too big at all times. Keep most perches at the recommended size for your bird.

When you find the branch you want to take, use your saw or other cutting tool to cut it off of the main tree. (You can just brake it off if you want) Try not to mutilate the tree you pick, and only take what you need.

Now, we need to clean it. Many people like to bake it to make sure that any insects that were on the branches will be killed, others use a water and vinegar solution to disinfect them. I think you should do both to make sure they are completely safe to use. Here’s a helpful paragraph I found to explain how to do both:

If you cut your own bird perches, please make sure that they have never been sprayed with insecticide or pesticide. Don’t poison your parrot. Clean the branches with a 1:10 bleach to water solution. Soak the bird perch in the bleach solution for 10 minutes then, rinse well. Seasoned branches are best but they may harbor insects. It is good to kill insects before placing the branch in your birds cage. Bake small branch style bird perches in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Seal large branches in an air tight plastic bag for 30 days to kill bugs. – Taken from “Bird Perches: Choosing a Good Bird Perch for Your Parrot”

3. Add the Hardware Pieces

Instead of me repeating everything, just visit this site to figure out how to add the hardware to the perches:

“Making natural wood parrot and bird perches”

It is a great reference to use when you make any type of natural perch for your birds.

4. Hang in Your Desired Area

You can place them in your bird’s cage, on the outside of their cage, on their play-gym or anywhere else you like that they can attach to. It’s all up to you!

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If for some reason you can’t or don’t want to make your own natural wood perch, you can always decide to order one from an online store. Always be sure that you pick the right size and one that you think is meant for your bird. Many stores can give you advice on what is the best size for your bird, so don’t feel shy to ask. Here are some of the many stores that have natural perches available for your bird:

There are so many different stores to pick from, choose wisely!

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