What kind of perches should I get for my cockatiel?
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Question by Jenna: What kind of perches should I get for my cockatiel?
I’ve seen many different kinds of perches…what kind should I get?
Answer by chocoboryo
The main type of perches you will want to use are natural branches. These are the best perches to use because they vary in width, giving the feet exercise and preventing arthritis. They also often have bark on them which the bird chews for mental stimulation and may have nutrients in it. This also helps keep the beak trim. Plus natural branches are free, just look in your backyard or at a park!
Just make sure the branches have not been sprayed with chemicals and that it comes from a ‘bird safe’ tree. Here is a list: http://www.plannedparrothood.com/plants.html
As well as the natural branches, it’s also a good idea to have a ‘pedi perch’ or similar calcium perch. Here’s what they look like: http://www.zooplus.co.uk/bilder/hagen/pediperch/1/37485_1.jpg and http://www.petwell.com.hk/bp01.perch.JPG
Get one a bit wider than the cockatiels feet so that the claws rest on it, and place it next to the tiel’s favourite toy or food bowl.
They are pretty much all you need but you can add other types of perches too if you want.
You can get rope perches which are good because you can weave them into any shape you want which gives your cockatiel something to climb on.
Wooden dowels are ok as long as you don’t use the same sizes in the entire cage. I would stick with natural branches but it won’t hurt to put a wooden dowel too if that’s what you want. They are certainly not neccasary though.
Just never use those sand paper covers for perches.
I hope that helps! 🙂
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