In the wild, birds are guaranteed plenty of intense exercise from climbing, flying, and foraging for their food. In captivity, birds rely on their owners to help them get adequate exercise to maintain overall good health.
Allowing your bird ample time out of its cage to fly freely is one way to encourage movement of the major muscle groups. Another way is to provide your bird with ropes, ladders, and toys. However, it is important not to forget the smaller muscle groups, like the feet!
Without proper opportunity to work the small foot muscles, birds are prone to suffering from foot abnormalities that require a trip to an avian veterinarian. A simple solution is to install multiple perches to encourage movement and improve strength and dexterity.
When looking for the ideal perch, pay attention to providing ranges of thickness, similar to what birds find in nature. This will give your bird the choice as to the most comfortable spot to roost and sleep, as well as offer challenges to their flexible feet, keeping them healthy and strong.
Sand perches make grasping easier and, as an added benefit, are ideal for allowing your bird to groom their talons and beak!
Ideally bird owners should install multiple perches in the cage at different heights, while leaving ample room for exercise and wing stretching. When installing the perches, remember to place them so that they do not cross under or over another perch. It is best to have two sets of perches so your pet can have a clean, dry perch while a dirty one is being cleaned or replaced.
The JW Pet Sand Perch Small T-Perch will improve your bird’s habitat by providing a durable, safe, and comfortable spot for your bird to roost, sleep, or groom. It easily attaches onto a cage with horizontal or vertical bars, allowing for flexibility in installing multiple perches. It is designed with varied widths, just like in nature, to help prevent sore feet and improve strength and dexterity. It is perfect for small birds.