Have you recently adopted a bird? Our feathered friends are super cute and very charming, and can make wonderful pets. Birds do have some specific needs: you’ll need to provide Polly with a roomy, comfortable cage, a high-quality diet, plenty of toys, and, of course, lots of TLC. One thing that is very important to your lovable pet’s health and well-being is making sure she has suitable perches. While most birdcages do come with perches, your winged pal will actually need several different ones. A local Scottsdale, AZ veterinarian offers advice on choosing bird perches in this article.


Make sure to choose perches that are appropriate for Polly’s size and species. A Macaw will need a much bigger and sturdier perch than a finch! A perch that is too big could actually injure your feathered buddy’s legs or feet, while perches that are too small could break.


Firmness is another thing to keep in mind. Perches help your adorable pet keep her legs and feet strong. Your bird should have at least one flexible perch, and one hard one. Rope perches can be fun for birds, but be careful: you don’t want to risk your feathered buddy getting tangled up in her perch. With rope perches, you also have to remember to replace them when they get frayed, so Polly doesn’t get caught in the rope or try to eat it.


Different materials also serve different purposes. For instance, mineral perches, which are made of rougher material, may help your feathered buddy groom her beak and feet. We generally don’t recommend getting sandpaper perches, however, as they can injure your cute little pet’s feet. Plastic can also be problematic, as some birds can try to chew it.


Variety is the spice of life! Whoever first penned that quote may not have been thinking about bird perches, but this popular saying definitely applies to Polly. Birds need different types of perches for different things. Polly may use one perch to sleep on, and may prefer another while she’s grooming herself. Offer your cute pet lots of different perches, and change them out regularly so she doesn’t get bored with them.

Do you have any questions about caring for your feathered friend? We are here to serve all of your bird’s veterinary care needs! Please contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, anytime.