Bilat, my personal opinion on this would be to wash the branch with water only then use. we are in a world that loves to sterilize everything. If you are not carefull you end up with a situation that is so sterile the birds become weak as their immune system has no chance to develop in a natural way. they need to be exposed to some bacteria etc. Kakariki love nothing more than to strip the bark from a new perch My motto keep their environment clean but not sterile.
one other thing to consider would be if you did not no the origin of the branch etc, ie could be a fruit tree and been subject to alot of pesticides in that case just dont use it ! If you collected it fine i dont see a problem.
I dont think drift wood will work as a perch, too smooth . I dont know about it as something they can chew on , other members may have used it in their aviaries, there may be something in it the birds may benefit from.
We just wash, let dry in the sun a few days, this kills off any worm eggs etc
Then mist spray with a 50/50 soln of vinegar aNnd water.
Drift wood does look nice, but eventually a barked log will end up looking that way anyway once the birds get to it
Smooth branches are difficult for the birds to grip, in particulat young out of the nest.
Yes be careful of fruit branches as described above...
Something out of the local forest bush is best.
Some ppl maybe concerned about the salt in dift wood...Kakariki do live on the coasts, and are observered eating small sellfish, digging thru seaweed washed up...so I dont think salt is an issue. _________________ My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
Sry about the "Sun "Comment....We have a large deck, so can "sun Dry" all yr...its the easest method for us...
Worm eggs need moisture to survive...
Just need to dry out the top surfaces out the bark, and keep dry for a couple days...
We have quite a few large trees in the gardens, when trimming I put a small pile, suitable for perches of all sizes, to one side. They are stacked off the ground and protected from the weather. So When I need one I just chop a length off and diameter I need.
I suggest when u go out to get branched, get a few 'spares' tie up with a few bits of twine and nail the bunch to the garage wall.
If u tie quite a few more loops than needed...When u go to chop a length off...u may chop a couple loops to get at the piece but the bundle doesnt fall apart and need re tieing and hanging up again
See Im lazy, and work hard at it _________________ My Spelling is Not Incorrect...It's 'Creative'
hi, just a comment. parasites are extremely clever and will stay in soil or attached to articles for years until they have the right conditions. If you are thinking you can sterilise a perch that has been in a cage for a long time then forget it. It is so much easier to buy a piece of doweling or to find an untouched branch. You will sleep better tonite K.
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