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Bird Safe Trees?

Hi all, I was wondering if you could help me identify types of natural branches I could bring into the house that are bird safe. For reference, I live in Upstate (really Central) New York in Syracuse. I have a lot of trees in my backyard but don't really know one from the other! I'm not sure if there is already a thread talking about this, if there is could you steer me in the right direction? Also, is there anything I need to do to the branches after bring them in? (like bake them or wash them or something) and how can I attach them inside the cage? Thanks!!
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Here is a link to a list of bird safe/unsafe wood. Every time I have asked this question I have been directed to this page.
http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml

Here is a link to how to make the perches. (It has good pictures ) www.mdvaden.com/bird_perches.shtml

The perches are really easy to make. If you bake the branches, realize your oven is not nearly as big as you think it is.
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Here are pictures of perches I made. The long one I mis-measured so I drilled a hole in the end and tied it to the other side with string. Its been nearly a year and they haven't chewed through the string yet.
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This is the most comprehensive list I know of. Put together by someone who gleaned it all from other sites.
Good and Bad.
http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.c...for-birds.html

As for how to treat wood for branches. This depends on your Mantra.
On this site they explain why branches should not be stripped, but offered as natural as possible.
http://www.eclectusparrots.net/
Click on Eucalyptus link. They explain the health benefits of letting your birds chew certain bark and leaf. This applies to more than just Eucalyptus.

As for finding out what you have. Take a sample into your local nursery or find an Arborist and ask them.
Washing is as simple as washing with very hot soapy water rinse of and leave in the sun to dry. Making sure no wild birds pooh on it.
No Rotten woods
No Salt water Drift wood, in fact I would say no drift woods at all.


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Thanks everyone! I actually popped into my petsmart today and they had some perches on sale! I got a grapewood perch and a couple fir perches. (I was inclined because they already have the attachment for the cage!) They feel really good so hopefully the birds like them I'm almost tempted to go back and grab some more (I got 4 in total). I also got some corn cob bedding to put in the bottom of Kissy's cage instead of her grate so hopefully that will help her out some more!
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With the Fir make sure there is no sap coming out of any knots in it.
Personally I would not use pine branches. But I live where there are many other better woods.
Though milled pine with no knots is used for many bird related things and is Ok.
Mostly used as dowel perches and is bad for their feet over time.


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Just a note, be very careful with the corn cob bedding. I've heard plenty of bad about it like the growth of nasties and the risk of impaction should they chew on it

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gross!! good to know. I got a small bag so this will be an experiment I guess wish me luck
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Nothing wrong with paper on the floor of the grate.
Easy to change and keep clean.
Other than that we have used wood shavings on one cage. But my own opinion. To hard to keep changing it or it became gross.


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And when a bird flaps do you find the wood shavings go everywhere? I have enough trouble with nest boxes haha!

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a week now and so far so good with the corn cob bedding, the reason I'm using that in addition to newspaper (on top of the papers) is because I removed the grate from Kissy's cage because she falls a lot, loses her balance, so it is to provide more cushion for her body and fragile little legs (her wings have grown almost completely back in except for one flight on either side but she is just not a flyer) so I'm using it as a bedding purpose to try and help her out and also absorb her mess. She hasn't stayed down there and tried to even nibble at it. I'll see how things are after I have finished the bag, I can probably get 4-5 changes out of the bag size that I got.
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Use towels on the bottom if you're worried about her falling! You can change them daily real easy and just have one to wash and one to use. I'm doing it for my IRN

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And when a bird flaps do you find the wood shavings go everywhere? I have enough trouble with nest boxes haha!
No problem it was in a massive parrot cage with Pandis (SC2) in there.

I like the idea of towels, that sounds good.
I did find a reference to bedding somewhere just recently and they said to not use corncob bedding. Sorry I cannot remember why either. Just see it and thought well I only use news print virgin paper for everything, so did not take much notice.


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