Making Our Own Playstand

by Karen
(WA State)

I am in the process of making a playstand for a blue and gold macaw. We obtained some crab apple branches from an old homestead. I am wondering if we need to remove the bark from the branches. There has been no spraying done to the tree. Thanks!

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Oct 01, 2008
Why dry the branches for your bird?
by: Tracie

I think it is suggested that you dry the branches either in the sun or in an oven to kill any bacteria and parasites that may be on the branches.

Yes, wild birds perch on them all the time, but they are wild birds that we can not protect from disease and often they carry parasites and diseases.

I hope this makes sense.

Oct 01, 2008
Green vs. Dry Wood for Perches
by: Karen

I am wondering why it matters if the perch branch is "green" or dry wood since, in the wild, parrots perch on natural "green" wood all the time. In addition, most articles on parrot care suggest the use of gathered natural branches for perching.

Sep 29, 2008
Crabapple branches for bird stand
by: Tracie

The bark is fine, the main concern Dr. B and others have is diseases that your bird can pick up from the wild birds that may have perched in the tree.

If you have a way to sun dry the tree while protecting it from wild birds pooping and landing on it, that would be best.

You DO want the wood to be dried and not green before your bird perches on it.

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