Our cage for our May arrivals got here today. There were lots of not ideal bits with it which we will replace, but there was this pop together perch. It is made of strong plastic with close fitting seams. It looks pretty good and makes fun shapes.
At about 1cm in diameter at the widest points it seems like a good addition. Does anyone have any experience with these perches?
I'm not exactly familiar with that type of perch.
If the parts where the perches join together are nicely fit and there are no small gaps where your budgies could get their delicate feet or nails stuck in, then it should be safe to use.
Also with that perch it would be best to check it more often for wear and tear, because if the joining parts become loose with time the perch would no longer be stable and could disassemble when being used.
I think you've got yourself a Ferplast Piano cage there, if I'm not mistaken from the tiny bit I can see.
I had the same cage (I still have it, just not in use currently) when I got my first bigger cage for Jimmy & Jay and I can't really fault it.
As for the perches, I used them to start with but for some reason, I then wasn't able to pop them together the next couple of times I tried. I have weak, flimsy hands.
So I ended up ditching them and just get natural wood perches.
It's another of the many items I'm next getting from the Natural bird company is all new perches for the cage when I re-do it. I'm so excited!
I've seen those perches before and my first thought was, hmmm they look like 'good' poop traps. I don't suppose there's anything wrong with them when used together with other natural perches though, and the flexible shape & length makes them versatile.
You'll find that you tend to swap things around within the cage and begin to realise that position in the cage, is often favoured over perch type - when you discover where they most like to be, you can rearrange the furniture to place your better perches in the most used areas.
Welcome to the world of budgies, you'll never be able to walk past a pet store again without ....just having a quick look.
SueMK - it's good to know Sooty and Sweep view it as acceptable. A budgie seal of approval is always brilliant!
Aluz - Thanks for the link. I've perused it already and taken notes <3 The pop together perch is surprisingly well made and very smooth, with thick bits and thin bits. Also it's got a lot of spare pieces so if any get worn I can change them out.
Therm - I have indeed! It seemed a very good size for two budgies, and fits *perfectly* in a nice sheltered alcove in our living room. It's on a coffee table for extra stability. Part of the reason I like the cage was the feeding bowls are sort of integral, and can be pivoted to be refilled easily without popping them off the bars. I saw the natural wood perches at the natural birdco and am quite taken. I might give them a go!
FaeryBee I think you could be right. I thought I'd start off with a mix of perches - the pop together one, a normal plastic one and an apple tree branch (cleaned, dried etc) and let the budgies state their preferences, if any. Once I know more about what they like, I can work with it more.
JRS - I had that exact same thought. I'll try it out and see how it goes! I'm already there with the pet store thing. We don't even have the budgies yet, but every time I pass one I just go for a rummage to see if there's anything the new arrivals might like!
Thank you for your thoughts everyone! I find the challenge of setting up my budgie's cage fascinating and thought-provoking, and it's great to have your knowledge to tap into <3
I have the Piano cage and Sooty and Sweep do like it. However it came without the grills at the bottom. They don't like walking on newspaper so they very rarely go down to the bottom of the cage. I can't even entice them with millet, a bath, or vegetables including their favourite sweetcorn - so it is a little disappointing that they don't make use of all of the space.
That's interesting. I've never seen that type of perch here. I'd be most concerned about 2 points people have mentioned; depending on the construction, tiny toenails or toes trapped? Even if it's made safe (don't know, I've never seen one) the thought of poop trapped between the segments sounds like it could be a cleaning nightmare?
Natural wood is not only best for their feet and health, but it looks better than any other perch.
SueMK, that cage doesn't come with a grate at the bottom.
To get your birds used to using the bottom of the cage you can try giving them their morning seed on the floor of the cage, after you've cleaned it out in the morning.
They may have been spooked if one of them flew near the bottom and the paper moved.
Just use something budgie safe to keep the paper in place.
Remember that whatever cage you get, grill or not, budgies will naturally sped their time as high as possible as that's where they feel safest.
Now, back on topic.
I can assure everyone that this perch is safe for budgie toes. It clips together very securely and doesn't leave any gaps. It's also easy to wipe clean, so it's perfectly fine and safe for any little budgie as a starter perch.
Kyrion, you really can't go wrong with any perch (or anything) from the Natural Bird Company.