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Having a sand or pedi-perch as one of the various perches in the cage is fine and helps keep
your budgies' toenails trimmed.
I have a sand or pedi-perch in all of my birds cages.
You should never use sandpaper perch covers in your cage as those can lead to bumblefoot.
It is important to have a variety of perches in different diameters to exercise your budgie's feet and legs and help prevent bumblefoot.

Grapevine perches - These are ideal due to the variations in sizes and diameters within the perch:


Multi-branch perches (also of varying sizes, diameters)


Pedi-Perch or "sand" perch


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A "cement" perch isn't exactly the same but is actually very similar to a sand perch.

As long as the bird isn't using that as it's primary perch its fine to have one.
Usually, putting the perch down lower in the cage near a toy will work well.
Most birds perch high on a regular basis and use the lower perches less frequently. ;)

I have a sand-perch swing in my budgies' cages (along with the multiple other swings in each cage because the birds rotate around in using it.
That way they each get a bit of benefit for their nails without worry of the sand causing problems for their feet. I have it in addition to the pedi-perch which is down lower in the cage. :D



 

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Therm,

I was thinking the same thing about the cement perches before getting one. I came across some in one of our small pet shops and was able to really feel them. They are course and rough but running my hand and fingers over it wasn't bad. No sharp spots like I expected.

I did end up getting a medium sized one because it is wider in diameter and I was going for that to add more variety in perch sizes because the sand perches I have are a bit smaller around.

My birds seem to really enjoy being able to scratch their head and beak on it over the sand perches they already have.
I also keep it lower in the cage than their favorite spots at the top of the cage.
 

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Therm,

I was thinking the same thing about the cement perches before getting one. I came across some in one of our small pet shops and was able to really feel them. They are course and rough but running my hand and fingers over it wasn't bad. No sharp spots like I expected.

I did end up getting a medium sized one because it is wider in diameter and I was going for that to add more variety in perch sizes because the sand perches I have are a bit smaller around.

My birds seem to really enjoy being able to scratch their head and beak on it over the sand/ pedi perches they already have.
I also keep it lower in the cage than their favorite spots at the top of the cage.
Thanks for providing your first-hand experience re the cement perches. Those are the one thing I don't have (yet) ;)
 

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Thanks guys.

I have a basket load of things from an online pet store and have some new pedi-perches in there anyway in a couple of sizes for when I get the new cages to make sure they have the variety of perches in each cage they need, but I was curious about this.
It's just nice to know whether it's a thing I could buy them, or if it's safe to get them, whether I should or not. :)
 

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Oh I forgot to mention, that they are Heavy, being make of cement of course. If you have the thin wire type cages it may 'sag' or hang downwards a bit due to it's weight pulling against the thin gauge wire, even with the washers that come with it. I found that it sagged less on a side with vertical bars instead of horizontal.

I also chose this perch over some of the calcium types because my female likes to shred and destroy mineral/ calcium blocks and cuttle bones with in a day or two, she doesn't eat it just flings it all over until it's gone.
 

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Oh I forgot to mention, that they are Heavy, being make of cement of course. If you have the thin wire type cages it may 'sag' or hang downwards a bit due to it's weight pulling against the thin gauge wire, even with the washers that come with it. I found that it sagged less on a side with vertical bars instead of horizontal.

I also chose this perch over some of the calcium types because my female likes to shred and destroy mineral/ calcium blocks and cuttle bones with in a day or two, she doesn't eat it just flings it all over until it's gone.
Thanks. They may be a good alternative for Sage who is super destructive right now, so give her something different to perch on.

I really appreciate all this info. Thank you. :)
 

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I second the cement recommendation! I purchased a cement perch for Kimchi, as I had read they were better for their feet than the sand ones. It's hard, but not rough or scratchy. I put it by a toy he uses a bit-- not his favorite toy, as I don't want him there all day, but somewhere he will visit occasionally. when I noticed his nails getting a bit long, I moved it to a spot he visits more often for a few days, then moved it back. He has had no issues with sores at all, and his nails have stayed pretty trimmed. I am quite happy with the perch.
 

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You've recieved excellent advice from our forum members so I will only stop by to welcome you to the Talk Budgies community!

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