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Does A Pet Bird Need To Sit On the Same Perch All Day?

In response to our Nov 4th 2019 Birdie Brunch

Rio Hemmings commented

I agree that birds will land on any perch in the wild, but caged life is different, they have to sit on the same perch all day so it needs to be comfortable, I do gymnastics and pole so I know how uncomfortable and painful it is when the pole is too wide I can’t work with it. 

 

Hi Rio,

 

Having a single perch in your bird’s cage is a recipe for foot injuries,

 

Here’s a post that I hope will clarify the subject

 

Best

MitchR

 

Rio responded

 

I know that.

I have no idea how you concluded that was the point of my comment when I did even say to have only one perch.

My point was offer the bird different sizes but also have perches the ideal size for their feet. 

 

In the wild, they stand on perches too big and too small, yes but in a cage, a lot changes and sometimes our birds have to stay inside the cage when we’re not home so they also need in addition to a variety of sizes perches that are the ideal size to their feet. 

 

I agree that birds will land on any perch in the wild, but caged life is different, they have to sit on the same perch all day so it needs to be comfortable, I do gymnastics and pole so I know how uncomfortable and painful it is when the pole is too wide I can’t work with it. 

 

MitchR responded

 

I apologize, Rio, that was my interpretation of “they have to sit on the same perch all day so it needs to be comfortable,”

 

My assumption was “if the bird had another perch, it would not have to sit on the ‘same one’ all-day”.

 

We understand perches and write about them regularly

 

Best

 

MitchR

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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