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Old 07-15-2013, 12:28 PM
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Perches!

So I've looked at the timeline of Merlin's visit to the vets for claw trims and it's roughly every 1 and a half months. eurg! it's 20-25 per visit! ($30-$37)

Now Merlin has a couple of perches:
A cotton type 'boing'.

A concrete type perch.

Another cotton type perch.

A calcium perch.

A java perch. (Currently in Charlie's cage, so Merlin hasn't used it yet)

A large spinning toy type perch.

A big 'large bird' wooden perch with bark on for stripping.

A wooden ledge for Merlin to 'rest' on (bad leg)

and a play ladder that's hung across the cage


We have more perches, but they're in Charlie's cage and are essentially the same. We're going to rough up the java perch as best we can as Merlin wont be able to perch on it and Charlie is slippin' and slidin' all over the show on it too.

Where am I going wrong, why are his claws getting so long so fast? His cotton and concrete ones are in his travel cage and his blue calcium perch is where he generally settles to rest. He tends to 'play' more on his ladder and his flat perch, or the cage floor.

Do I need to be getting more perches for his claws? If so, specifically what type of perches? Calcium, concrete?

Should I lower the ladder and offer higher 'rough' perches?

Advice please! I honestly don't mind paying for him to go to the vets, but I need to arrange travel with a friend (harder than it sounds *sigh*) and obviously, that's 25 ish that could be better spent elsewhere. He does get full checkups on his leg and stuff whilst he's there so it's not all bad, but if we could at least push it to 3 monthly type visits, that'd be great.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:45 PM
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Re: Perches!

Just snapped this of him resting on his ladder perch too. He likes this because his bad leg sticks out backwards, so he can use his good leg on one of the 'perches' and his bad leg on another behind it.

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:58 PM
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Re: Perches!

I've been using these ones (Product) in the hope of making Alice's nails a little less like those of a peregrine falcon, but so far I'm not convinced. She likes them as perches but no sign of any improvement in the state of my forearms. Most of her perches are Java branches, and if she finds it hard to grip on a particular spot she roughens it herself with her beak.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:04 PM
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Re: Perches!

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I've been using these ones (Product) in the hope of making Alice's nails a little less like those of a peregrine falcon, but so far I'm not convinced. She likes them as perches but no sign of any improvement in the state of my forearms. Most of her perches are Java branches, and if she finds it hard to grip on a particular spot she roughens it herself with her beak.
I'm considering them type, but I'm not entirely sure if I should invest in some, hence asking here! Let me know if they do start to work for her though!
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:29 PM
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Re: Perches!

I'm not much help on this subject. I just wanted to pipe in and say, you have some great perches that I hadn't seen before. I think it's time to shopping!
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:17 PM
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Re: Perches!

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I'm not much help on this subject. I just wanted to pipe in and say, you have some great perches that I hadn't seen before. I think it's time to shopping!
Haha, thanks! We also have a 'shower perch' too, but we don't use it (for Merlin) so thought it was irrelevent. There are so many types and styles of different perches out there which is why I'm looking for advice!

I'd suggest finding a good online store or a huge store that seems to have everything and having a good old mooch around. So many fun perches.

We have loads of different sizes and types, biggest reason is because of Merlins splayed leg (thus, flat perch, huge perches, 'ladders') etc.

Good luck and happy hunting!
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Re: Perches!

You have an AWESOME selection of perches, Cat!! I honestly don't know what to tell you about his claws getting so sharp so fast. I understand he's got one handicapped leg, so adding more cement perches may not help, unless he actually uses them quite a bit.

I have one idea: The flat piece of wood you have, is it possibly to add some sandpaper to it, so when he stands flat on it, that could perhaps help making them less sharp.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:17 PM
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Re: Perches!

Have you ever tried the safety pumice perch? Rosie used to have a cement perch but it seemed to sharpen her nails, the safety pumice perch keeps them dull and at a good length.

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:43 PM
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Re: Perches!

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You have an AWESOME selection of perches, Cat!! I honestly don't know what to tell you about his claws getting so sharp so fast. I understand he's got one handicapped leg, so adding more cement perches may not help, unless he actually uses them quite a bit.

I have one idea: The flat piece of wood you have, is it possibly to add some sandpaper to it, so when he stands flat on it, that could perhaps help making them less sharp.
We did consider that, but Merlin basically drags his 'knuckles' over surfaces, so we'd be creating skin wounds by sandpapering any of his flatter surfaces.

I always thought my selection of perches was quite bare/dull to be honest, nice to hear compliments haha!

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Have you ever tried the safety pumice perch? Rosie used to have a cement perch but it seemed to sharpen her nails, the safety pumice perch keeps them dull and at a good length.

Will look and see if I can find this in the UK. You're happy it's worked with Rosie? I don't really want to waste my time going through perch after perch trying to find out what does and doesn't work, but I'll happily trust reviews from you lot.

Edit: Appears they don't do those perches in the UK. Will see if I can find American sites that will ship to UK for reasonable prices, but *sigh*

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Re: Perches!

Will await more reviews on that perch, or more suggestions but it looks like I can go through mysafebirdstore. Kathy apparently ships internationally to the UK for $15 or so, which is approx 10. So if I have to I'll order two from there. It works out only 3-4 dearer than ordering two perches of a similar price with shipping etc (although these work out at 7 and the cheapest decent pedi perchs I can find in the UK are 8-9!)

21 from my normal supplier. 24 from Kathy, so!

So I guess it's not that much more expensive to go through Kathy. Will probably have to wait until payday now though, but with any luck if these perches do work, we'll be cutting down on vet bills anyway, so they'll essentially be paying for themselves!

What size would you recommend Copper? Small seems to be the one I'm getting pushed towards from other sources but I'm always worried they'll end up too small and twig like Having never seen these perches 'in person' I don't know!



Think small is the pink I think one which seems appropriate. The next one up looks huge...
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