how to make a bird perch

Sumac – Rhus Staghorn Sumac is a secure tree that is featured on this page. And the genus is Rhus. Its fruit berries have been thoroughly cleaned and sweetened to create a delicious lemonade. Even the Native Americans combined its fruit and leaves with tobacco to smoke it. Many different types of plants—some safe, some not—can be referred to as sumac. Certain species in the genus Rhus are strong and can irritate some people’s skin severely. Other species like Rhus typhina are not bad. Most naught species have axillary panicles and smooth fruits. The conical, dense, upright fruits of the okay species are covered in red hairs and resemble drupes.

Furthermore, the wood will crack more severely the faster it dries. Dry the wood slowly. Dont put it in a warm laundry room. Place it where the wood will dry out in two to three weeks.

Willow: A University of Maryland University medical center page about willows and how their bark contains salicin, which is comparable to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), caught my attention. It appears that unlike the bark, the wood does not contain the compound. One excerpt reads:

Birch is Betula species. LEAVES & BARK contain salicylates and a few substances . The low concentration . Birch should be considered safe for natural wood perches. Birds can safely consume the unique treats found within the cones, which are seeds. (end of paraphrase) Think: Automobile fumes can be damaging. We don’t want to be in an enclosed space with trapped fumes. However, we feel safe to breathe while strolling down the street where those fumes are present in the air in low concentrations. As mentioned, birch should be regarded as safe, and there is little chance that it will leave bark behind.

Thank you to horticulturist Mario D. Vaden for allowing me to share his excellent information here.


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 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.

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