Why does your bird need a heated perch? Because in the wild any bird that shows any signs of being in less than perfect health or being cold is the prime target for predators. Birds do everything possible to disguise any form of discomfort or illness from predators and from you.
We use heated perches year round for all of our birds here in the office and the warehouse too. Even when it gets hot around here you will randomly find birds on their heated perch. They just seem to love them.
See our Heated Perches
Birds have the ability to slow the circulation in their feet to conserve energy. This helps limit the amount of heat lost in cold environments. It also helps to regulate heat gained in hot environments. Birds have an average body temperature of about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Your body temperature is about 98.6 degrees, so the room may feel hot to you but to them it is cold.
The heated perches’ temperature varies by position on the perch. Our birds love these perches because they can perch at any place along the perch where they are comfortable. After a bath they will go straight to the perch to warm up regardless of the temperature in the cage. It’s a wonderful way to prevent illnesses and the colds they are susceptible to when they are cold or wet.
All of our birds have the textured plastic perches. They are easy for them to get a good grip on and easy for us to keep clean. Mild soap (Poop-Off) or just plain water will keep their perch soil free. Birds do love to rub their beaks on the perch (to keep their beak clean) so you will have to occasionally clean the perch. This does not need to be a daily task. It is much simpler to wipe the perch off when you clean the cage.
The K & H Heated Perches we carry come in three sizes.
The heated perches are available in textured plastic and sand textured. The sand texture perches are made with large grain sand and are coated with an epoxy like finish.
All of our birds have the textured plastic perches. They are easy for them to get a grip on and easy for use to keep clean. Mild soap (Poop-Off) or just plain water will keep their perch soil free. Birds do love to rub their beaks on the perch (to keep their beak clean) so you will have to occasionally clean the perch. This does not need to be a daily task; it is much simpler to wipe the perch off when you clean the cage.
Placement in the Cage
We place out heated perches near the top of the cage, about the same height of their sleeping perch. This gives your bird some choices as to where they will spend their time. We sometimes catch them sleeping on their heated perch.
We do not recommend that the heated perch is placed highest in the cage. Nor, do you want it at the bottom. Birds just naturally want to perch on the highest point possible. Positioning the perch at an equal height of their favorite sleeping perch has proven to be the best choice for our birds.
The mounting end of the perch is U shaped with threads in each side of the mount. This allows the mount and the 12 volt cord to pass through the bars of the cage and the mounting ring which is easily attached from the outside of the cage providing a strong and sturdy perch.
Protecting the Power Cord
Our birds are outside of their cages all day. We find that they are attracted to the 12 volt power cords, especially where the cord enters the perch. The perch has a strain relief of coiled heavy gage spiral wire. This is not enough to stop the chewing.
What we do here is place 0.75” PVC pipe over the wire, all the way to the perch. ¾” PVC is big enough for the end that plugs into the power supply to pass through. We bring the pipe out from the side of the cage far enough to clear the cage skirt. We then extend the pipe down below the cage skirt about six inches.
Unfortunately, the treading on the perch mount does not fit any pipe threads that I can find. So we use eight heavy zip ties to secure the pipe to the cage. We use the zip ties by attaching the end of one zip tie to the end of another zip tie by putting the mating ends of the ties together to form one long zip tie.
We next place the long zip tie through the vertical bars of the cage, back out and around the pipe, before we join the two ends together. We place the long zip ties on both sides of the pipe before we pull them tight. By adjusting which tie you tighten, you will be able to get the pipe to center over the end of the cage mount, protecting the wire. We place two long zip ties at the top and again near the bottom of the cage to ensure it stays in place.
At first you have to watch them as the birds will want to chew the zip ties until they break. Chewing the zip ties has never been a problem here. Since they are located outside the cage they cannot get to them until they are let out. Watching them and scolding them when they approach the zip ties has proven very successful for all of our birds. Once, trained they will leave them, the pipe and the cord alone.
What 3/4″ Pipe Pieces You Need:
If you take your cage measurements to the store with you they can cut them for you on the spot.