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Tree branches make the best perches. Trees of the following species can supply safe branches, foliage and bark to be used as perches or chew toys for birds. These materials are not safe if toxic chemicals or insecticides have been sprayed on them. It is also recommended that the branches be broken off the tree, not picked up on the ground. Before installing them in any cage, scrub all branches with a nontoxic disinfectant (such as chlorine bleach or Nolvasan 1:10), then rinse well and dry.

Try Apple, Ash, Almond, any citrus, Dogwood, Elm, Thurlow, Guava, Papaya, Pear, Madrona, Magnolia, Manzanita, Wine Maple, Goat Willow, or Weeping Willow. Other non-toxic plants plants are listed alphabetically on our site.

Dowel perches are not recommended because of their even surface. Birds are on their feet 24 hours a day and tend to get pressure sores from always standing on an even surface.

Sandpaper perches are also not recommended because anything sharp enough to trim their nails is way too sharp for their feet. Sand naturally contains lead and if your bird decides to taste the sandpaper, he could be exposed to lead and possibly get lead poisoning.

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