Hello! I decided to show you how I made my portable perches. I made those so I could help my budgie travel around my place and have a safe and comfortable place to land. Since I put those in different rooms, my budgie is much more active and likes flying back and forth on them
What materials you need:
-One 20 inch wood dowel
-One 5 and half square inch wooden base (mine is pine)
-One 7 and half inch natural budgie-safe branch (mine is maple)
-Five wood screws
-Some wood glue
-One metal plate, 5 and half square inch
What tools you need:
-A drill and drill bit
-A wood saw and metal hacksaw or a jigsaw (for metal and wood)
I added the metal plate to give my perch more weight, as my budgie would throw the perch down when taking off. It also has the added benefit that I can use the screws to adjust the balance on any surface I put it.
Here is the order in which to do it:
-Cut the dowel, branch and wood base to correct dimensions.
-Drill a hole in the middle of your branch. (like in 2nd picture)
-Drill a hole in the dowel. (like in 2nd picture)
-Screw the branch to the dowel using the holes you just drilled.
-Drill 1 hole in the middle of the wooden base the same size as your dowel's diameter halfway through the base. (like in 3rd picture)
-Drill 4 holes, one per corner, in the metal plate (like on the 4th picture).
-Screw the metal plate to the base with your screws on the other side of the dowel hole you just drilled.
-Add a bit of glue inside the dowel hole and set the dowel in it.
-Finish by sanding any sharp surface, be that on the plate or on the wood.
That's it! The whole thing costs less than 5$ provided you have the tools already.
A cool thing I did: I put a millet seed in the top screw so my bird knows if he flies there he will get a little treat