The Issue with Concrete and Sand Bird Perches

Two Caged Canary Birds

When it comes to shopping for their new bird, it's easy for novice bird owners to get a little lost—there are hundreds of different bird goods on the market! Unfortunately, not all items work as well as they promise, and some, such as concrete and sand-covered perches, might even be damaging to your pet's health.

Many pet stores provide sand and concrete perches that claim to keep your bird's nails tidy and short so you don't have to deal with a nail trim. While this may seem like a good idea, the rough, scratchy surfaces of such perches can cause serious injury to your feathery friend's feet.

Sand and concrete perches can irritate your bird's feet and toes, causing severe abrasions. To make matters worse, germs and debris from the perch can get into those wounds every time your bird perches, posing an infection risk.

How Concrete and Sand Perches Hurt Pet Birds

In addition to scraping birds' claws, concrete and sand perches can hurt avian pets in several other ways, including causing a great deal of discomfort and stress.

Birds dislike standing on concrete and sand-covered perches because they are chilly and can dry up their feet. Because one of the constituents, lime, is extremely inflammatory while wet, they can burn their feet on wet concrete that hasn't been completely cured.

The shape of the perches can also be an issue. Many concrete and sand perches are straight and do not vary in width, which can cause stress to the delicate bones in your bird's feet

Pet birds need to be supplied with perches of varying widths and textures to maintain normal foot health. Make sure you have at least 5 to 10 perches to allow your bird a more natural habitat.

Perches You Should Get Your Bird

When it comes to perches, the greatest thing you can do for your bird is to avoid concrete and sand in favor of a natural wood perch, such as Manzanita—not only do these perches feel amazing on your bird's feet, but they're also safe to gnaw on and give beaks some workout.

Hardwood, rope swings, dowels, clean tree branches in various shapes and sizes, and natural branches are all recommended, depending on the species. Many avian physicians, on the other hand, feel that concrete and sand perches are OK to have in your pet bird's surroundings as long as there are other options.

While it's sad that some species don't wear down a bird's nails, you can always seek the assistance of a trained avian veterinarian for those annoying nail trims—your pet will be lot healthier and happier as a result. Even yet, if you have concrete as well as other types of perches, your bird may naturally select the harder surfaces for nail care and the others for rest.