how to build a bird perch

Its important to provide appropriate perches that promote foot health and comfort for our feathered friends. With this complete guide, DIY wood perches will help with build perches for your parrots.

Copyright 2009 – Mario D. Vaden …… This is a companion page to Safe Woods for Pet Birds

Other than wood and branches, not much has been added to this page. However, we ran into a new vinyl flooring issue that seemed noteworthy to share. We made the decision to turn our entire downstairs small bedroom into an aviary. Approximately 10 x 11 brand-new vinyl flooring was laid. No adhesives used. We gave the birds a few hours in the afternoon to acclimate to the space before leaving them there. When I went down to see how they were doing, I saw that the male Green Cheek Conure was heavily leaning back on a branch and was having difficulty breathing. The female was in the cage also having problems breathing. I immediately took them upstairs. Nevertheless, after about thirty minutes, they were fully recovered and resumed their normal selves. Based on my estimation, if the bird had been in the room for an additional half an hour, it would have died. We were aware of the substance’s smell, but we were unaware of its dangers. Just thought of it a a new product smell. I could not find anything online either.

If you take your time when measuring, the techniques below will work for both ends of a long perch. You might even consider trimming the length twice in small increments as needed. The hardware pieces are pretty much the only things you’ll need after you locate your perch wood.

Mulberry / Morus (report) I received an email about Mulberry in September of 2012. The person said their vet IDd the plant. The veterinarian did not provide a specific species or ID photos to support their identification. Below, are parts of the email .

When the hanger bolt is in place and the perch is ready to be mounted, attach the wing nut and the stainless steel washers.

Can I use dowels for DIY Wood perches?

It is true that dowels, which have a smooth, uniform diameter, can cause issues for parrots’ feet. Because parrots must grip them tightly instead of flexing their feet naturally on branch-like perches, they can result in sores and discomfort. To provide your birds a variety of surfaces to walk on and to replicate the natural habitat of wild birds, it’s a good idea to select perches with different diameters.

What size should I use for DIY wood perches?

Considering the size of the perch is essential too. Small parrots may not always benefit from perks designated as “small,” as each parrot’s foot shape and size varies. It’s best to watch your parrot’s feet and select perches that provide a stable and cozy hold. For parrots, choosing thicker and larger diameters usually results in a more stable perch.

how to build a bird perch


What kind of wood do you use for bird perches?

Some types of wood can also contain oils that can be toxic to birds if chewed on. Providing birds with non-toxic, washed and disinfected branches such as apple, elm, ash, maple or willow, can be both functional and attractive in cages.

How thick should a bird perch be?

Diameter Range
Appropriate for:
3/8″ – 7/8″
Finch, Canary
1/2″ – 1″
Parrotlet, Lovebird, Parakeet, Cockatiel
3/4″ – 1 1/4″
Conure, Caique, Meyers, Quaker, Pionus, Senegal, Timneh Grey
1″ – 2″
Eclectus, Congo African Grey, Small Cockatoo, Small Macaw, Amazon

How do you prepare wood for bird perch?

Cleaning Wood One philosophy says clean bird perch wood before it’s used by soaking for an hour or two in tub of water with a cap of household bleach. Then rinse the wood in clean water.