Most cages will come with perches and in modern cages they may be plastic. Ideally, these should be made from wood, and we would recommend changing them if yours are plastic. Although wooden doweling is fine for perches, it is preferable to provide perches of differing diameters to exercise the bird’s feet. Natural perches are excellent, most fruit tree branches would be suitable – apple is the best. Make sure natural perching is clean before putting it into the cage – baking in the oven does the job well.

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