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A bird's entire life is spent either standing or flying - most of the time perched in trees on branches,
standing all day, sleeping all night, always in the same position.
Can the perch be natural or artificial?
Can the shape of the perch be regular or irregular?
Can the surface of the perch be smooth or coarse?
Can the perch be flexible or rigid?
Can the perch be hard or soft?
The answer to all of the above questions is "yes." You need to provide each for a healthy environment. And, just as importantly, to ensure that your bird's feet get the proper exercise, you need to routinely change the mix of styles and their location.
Yet, as wild birds move about, they encounter perches in a virtually endless variation of size, shape, texture, and flexibility, requiring them to constantly adjust their grip. As a result, they exercise all of the muscles in their legs and feet, keeping them fit. The limited perch options usually afforded captive birds, however, place their comfort and fitness at risk.
Consider the wooden dowel, the most common perch found in new cages. There is nothing inherently wrong with this style of perch. However, the feet of birds can become sore, stiff, and even arthritic, from clutching it around the clock. The pain is the result of constant, unvarying muscle and skeletal pressure.
Provide a variety of perches to prevent problems
It is difficult, if not impossible, for you to determine whether your bird is in pain due to his perch. But you can remove all doubt by placing perches of different styles, sizes, and irregular shapes in the cage - ideally two or more at the same time.
Providing the variety of perches your bird needs is easy and inexpensive. A wide range of perches is available commercially, and you can also fashion a number of suitable perches from natural materials. Whichever you choose, make sure they are proportionately sized for your bird. The perch should not be so small that his toes wrap all the way around and touch each other, nor should it be so large that his feet are flat against it. To evaluate your bird's perch needs, observe his movement, and while he is at rest. Then, include some or all of the following options in your perch rotation
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