What sort of perch should you get for your Parakeet?
You should buy new perches as soon as you get your parakeet cage. The perches that come with the cage are often made of plastic or milled wooden dowels.
These perches are of a uniform circumference and will cause blisters on your parakeet's feet. This condition is called bumblefoot, it starts with blisters and can infect the whole foot. Using these perches could cost your parakeet his leg!
The best perches for parakeets (or any bird) should have an irregular shape, have a natural bark covering and is made of non-toxic wood. Parakeets also enjoy rope perches and will spend hours picking out the threads.
Remember to throw away and replace any worn rope perches/toys. When loose strings are ingested they can cause "cropoliths", large masses in the parakeet's crop that block its stomach and cause it to starve to death. Their tiny feet can also get caught in the strings and become seriously injured.
These rope toys cost less than $12, and will probably be replaced once or twice a year depending on how destructive your parakeet it. For such an inexpensive toy, it is better to replace it before it costs your parakeet his life!
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Best Parakeet Perches and Rope Toys
This small hardwood perch has just the kind of bark your parakeets will love to chew off.The inside is hardwood and should be impenetrable to little budgie beaks when the bark is off. It has an easy attachment that you can screw onto the cage bars.
A replica wooden perch that is easier to clean than a real wood perch. Simulates the varying diameter of real branches and is safe for birds to chew.
Manzanita is the most popular wood for parrot perches. It is safe for parakeets and has many smaller branches that your bird will love to dance on.
These Java wood branches come in all sorts of interesting and exotic shapes. Suitable for large aviaries where you want some decorative elements. Also suitable for cages if your parakeet loves twisty branches (and they all do!)
A perch that is also a treat and a way to exercise your parakeets. This is made of the same material as the popular snak shak, an edible bird house. The texture is soft enough for your parakeet's feet but rough enough to trim their nails and beak. Your birds will love chewing on this perch! Make sure to place near the top so it isn't pooped on and then eaten.
Parakeets love this flavored perch! It has holes to mentally stimulate your birds too. Hide small treats like seeds or fruit pieces in the holes and watch them forage. Parrots who don't forage like they do in the wild get fat and depressed. Make sure to exercise your parakeet's brain as well as their body!
All parakeets love this soft rope perch. This is our birds' favorite perch in the cage. It feels different from other perches and gives their feet a well deserved rest. Since parakeets never get off their feet, it is important to give them a soft place to perch on occasionally. Bends into different shapes, comes in various lengths, and is sturdy enough to last through chewing.
A spider-shaped rope perch with 4 connectors. Use this if your cage is large in the horizontal direction. Clipped parakeets have trouble moving around inside the cage and may fall down an injure themselves if you don't provide enough "walkways". This perch makes it easy to extend a road to anywhere in your cage so your parakeet can travel safely.
Parakeets love the fun bungee shape of this rope toy! It is a combination toy and perch that can help your parakeet travel downwards. Most cages have food and water bowls at the bottom. Parakeets feel very vulnerable when they have to eat on the floor. Use this perch to help them travel up and down faster so that they can feel safe enough to eat until they're full.