Choosing and Arranging Your Bird’s Perches

Did you know that perches are extremely important for birds? Polly uses perches almost 24/7. Your cute pet needs perches to stand, sleep, socialize, play, eat, and groom herself. They also help keep her legs and feet healthy, by offering her a good workout. Of course, many birdcages come with built-in perches. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that this is the only perch your feathered friend needs. These are fine as a starter, but won’t fulfill your pet’s needs. A local Farmers Branch, TX vet discusses perches in this article.


Birds spend a lot of time in trees in the wild, so they sit on branches of all different shapes, sizes, and textures. Polly’s perches should also offer a similar variety. You’ll want to get some rigid perches, as well as some more flexible ones.


One thing you may want to do is mix and match perches. Choose some that are made of natural materials, and some that are synthetic.

Foot Care

One reason perches are so important is that they help keep Polly’s feet healthy. Manzanita perches are particularly good for this. However, you’ll want to avoid sandpaper and concrete perches. These can actually cause injuries.


Make sure to choose perches that are the right size for your little buddy. A parakeet could get hurt on perches that are made for a Macaw! If you aren’t sure what size your winged friend needs, ask your vet for advice.

Perch Placement

There are a few things to keep in mind when placing Polly’s perches in her cage. First, don’t hang them over her food or water bowls, as the dishes will quickly be contaminated by waste. The perches should also be at various heights. Finally, make sure your winged pal can comfortably sit on her perches without her tail touching the cage sides.


You’ll need to wash Polly’s perches regularly. We recommend doing this about once a week. Be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect them. This is a good time to rotate and rearrange your pet’s perches. This is very important, as otherwise, your colorful little friend may get bored with her perches.

Do you have questions about your pet bird’s health or care? Please reach out to us, your Farmers Branch, TX vet clinic, for all of your feathered buddy’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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