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The basics: perches and branches

Spreads for web Parrots 278 4

Words and photographs by Rosemary Low

A frequently asked question, especially by those new to bird-keeping, is from which trees they can cut branches for perches.

Emphasis should always be on natural perching. I believe that dowel should be a last resort as branches that can be gnawed are always preferable. Dowel is the same diameter throughout (minimum foot exercise), and dowel can be slippery. It is also an expense that you can avoid.

When you buy your first parrot, parakeet or whatever, plant a willow tree in your garden, if you can. Better still, plant two. Their almost lime green leaves will delight you in spring as the trees quickly become covered in leaves.

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