Bird Perches

Do you have a bird? If so, your feathered pal is very likely sitting on a perch right now. Birds use perches for grooming, playing, sleeping, and just watching what’s going on. Making sure your winged pal has suitable perches is very important! However, buying bird perches may be more complex than you might think. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica area, a Carrollton, GA vet discusses choosing perches.

Perch Purposes

There are many kinds of perches, such as corner, wooden, edible, sandy, shower, and rope perches. Every type of perch has its own purpose. Some are best to use when Polly is out of her cage, some are good for her feet, and some may just be comfortable for her to sit on. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Wild birds will sit on a variety of branches in a day. Those tree branches won’t be uniform, so perches shouldn’t be either. Polly should have perches of varying thickness and strength. That variety will help give your colorful buddy’s legs and feet a good workout.


Choosing the right spot is also important. Don’t put perches over your pet’s dishes, as her food and water will get contaminated by droppings. Make sure Polly can sit comfortably, without her wings or tail touching the cage walls. If you can, set the perches at different heights.


Perches that are too big or too small for Polly will be uncomfortable, and can cause foot and let injuries. As a rule of thumb, your bird’s feet should go about three quarters of the way around the perch. As for length, the perch should be at least as long as her wingspan. Ask your vet for more information.


Polly will need perches made of different materials. A soft perch may be your pet’s ‘bed’ at night, while she may use a rough perch to slough dead skin off her feet and beak. It’s worth noting that concrete or sand-covered perches can cause injuries. Check with your vet before buying these.


You’ll need to clean and disinfect your little friend’s perches every week. If possible, don’t put things back in exactly the same way. Changing things up will help keep Polly from getting bored.

Do you have questions about bird care? Contact All About Animals Veterinary Services, your Carrollton, GA vet clinic, today!

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