A majority of people who are beginning breeders don’t consider the importance of what kind of perch they install in their birds’ cages.
Perches come in many types and styles. The primary material that perches are made from are:
- Gritty material (designed to help file down the bird’s nails)
Many people use wood perches as a default. They’re cheap and usually are already installed in the bird cage.
But we have found that wood is one of the worst materials you can use for your aviary.
In our aviary we ONLY USE PLASTIC perches.
Because sanitation and hygiene is VERY VERY important to raising healthy canaries. Plastic is the only material that is easy to clean/disinfect. The cloth/knotted, wood and gritty perches can be the perfect place for parasites and mites to hide out in. Also it’s difficult to clean bird poop from these perches.
The same also goes for the nests. We only use plastic or metal nests (for the same reason). We avoid at all cost wooden nests. We do use felt padding in the nest, and it’s very easy to clean and disinfect in the wash. The plastic and metal nests are just so easy to clean and keep clean. They allow us the PEACE OF MIND in knowing that we’re able to protect the birds we invest in by using products that don’t pose any risk of infection or infestation to the birds and their babies.
So when you purchase cages for your birds, be sure to toss out the wood perches that may come with it (or find some other use for them) and invest in plastic ones instead.