Perch made from apple tree still green?

by Cathy
(Gardnerville, Nv.)

We just made a play gym for our Sun Conure out of a branch from our apple tree in the back yard. The wood is still green and not dried out yet. As long as it is well cleaned from any residue from outdoors will it be safe for my conure to chew on?

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Jan 17, 2010
Perch made from apple tree still green?
by: Linda

Make sure the tree has NEVER been sprayed with pesticides because the bark holds the poison in for the life of the tree.

Also make sure there are no bug holes in the wood, which you probably have already done.

We used to give our Amazons fresh new growth from apple trees for them to chew on. We'd hang them in the cage wire and they loved to destroy them and had a great time doing it.

So, if tree has never been poisoned, it will be safe. It probably won't last long though because they are much easier to tear up when green. In future, please allow any branches to dry out and cure for 6 months to a year before giving to your bird. Apple tree wood is nice and hard once it is cured out and quite soft when green.Make sure branches are dried out standing up. You can make a taller box work for that. Also, never use any wood that has fallen to the ground as it will be in process of rotting and probably full of bugs. There is a list of safe woods on this site if you'd like to take a look.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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