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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries

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Old 01-13-2017, 02:27 PM
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So I've looked around and haven't found any thread talking about this, so I thought I'd might start one.

Since natural wood perches exercise the feet and dowels don't, I was wondering if it's safe to carve the dowels to make them less uniform? Then sanding them down a bit so they don't cause any slivers.

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I'm not sure about the dowels, but if you're curious about varying perches we actually put a (thoroughly cleaned) smooth stick in Ernie's cage a long time ago, and it's been his favorite perch for quite some time.
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If you do choose to put some sticks in the cage, be sure they're from budgie safe, untreated trees

Actually, I have done this with the one dowel perch I do have in Mallorn's cage, because I wasn't able to find a cage-length perch that fit. I whittled at it pretty heavily and sanded it, like you said, and I feel much more comfortable about having it in her cage now.
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If you do choose to put some sticks in the cage, be sure they're from budgie safe, untreated trees

Actually, I have done this with the one dowel perch I do have in Mallorn's cage, because I wasn't able to find a cage-length perch that fit. I whittled at it pretty heavily and sanded it, like you said, and I feel much more comfortable about having it in her cage now.
Awesome thank you! Definitely going to do it then I didn't want to grab sticks from outside because I'm not 100% sure what kind of trees they are.
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Star, if you mean using pesticide or chemicals, then no, I don't think the tree was treated.
Smol, Star gave excellent advice. I understand about the sticks
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Star, if you mean using pesticide or chemicals, then no, I don't think the tree was treated.
Smol, Star gave excellent advice. I understand about the sticks
The type of tree the wood comes from has to be correct, as well as untreated. Not all wood is safe for budgies to have in their cage.
And then if it is safe wood, that's untreated it has to be cleaned thoroughly.

Anyone thinking of doing this can check through the stickies to make sure they follow the correct process before just bringing any wood from outside in.
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Here's Smol enjoying his new "natural" perch

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Wow!!! I have wondered about this, but never followed through. What did you use to whittle it? I have zero experience with this....
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Hey that looks fantastic Deanna, great idea!
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Wow!!! I have wondered about this, but never followed through. What did you use to whittle it? I have zero experience with this....
At first I used an old pocketknife I had laying around, but when that got me no where (it was as dull as a spoon) my dad brought me this:


Much much better. Had the thing whittled down in a couple hours. The pocket knife would have worked, but it would have taken much longer.

A kitchen knife would work too, but only if you're okay with ruining a kitchen knife.

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Hey that looks fantastic Deanna, great idea!
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