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An ergonomic sand perch for Kris.

ergonomic sand perchJust bought an ergonomic sand perch for Kris from Great Companions.
 He doesn’t let me touch him so I an unable to load him into his carrier to bring him for nail trimming or even wing clipping even though he will climb all over me. I’m not sure how I’d even transport him to the vet if he was seriously sick and we all know that a bird doesn’t look sick until he is truly in bad shape.

I had a discussion with my friend who owns the umbrella cockatoo and he told me how he uses a sand perch for Murphy (the umbrella cockatoo). Murphy hasn’t needed his nails trimmed in about a year thanks to the sand perch.

Now a sand perch has been one of the items on my wish list for when I had a little extra money to spend. Even though they look funny, and they do, I was aware of their benefit, knowing in the long run, Kris needed it.

I splurged in spite of my budget. Actually, it wasn’t too expensive and shipping wasn’t bad.

Kris has 3 other perches. Two are wood and came with his cage. The third is a multi-colored stiff rope that I twisted from front to back in his cage near some toys. This new royal blue sand perch is raised a little higher, going across the front of Kris’ cage. Looks good.

I didn’t notice Kris on the sand perch the first day it was installed. The second day, Kris was perched upon it as if it had been in the cage forever, not new at all. Boy, was I glad to see this.

Kris is enjoying his sand perch. He has figured out that he has a better view of the stairs, front door, and hallway with the perch’s location. Hey, eventually his nails will even be sanded down.

Kris was a bird on a merry go round.

20160126_141623_resizedKris was a bird on a merry go round. I let Kris out of his cage for a little exercise and recreation. This parrot firmly believes in recreation. Kris flew up onto the ceiling fan and proceeded to use it as a merry go round. (Yes, the fan was off otherwise he may have been hurt by the moving blades.) The only movement of the blades was caused by Kris walking on them.

As he slowly walked the length of the blades, his shifting weight caused the fan blades to rotate. I believe the changing balance was what caused movement. Then he would jump from one blade to another, sometimes causing the rotational direction to change. The next new carnival ride will be Merry go rounds for parrots.

Too bad he didn’t dust while he was up there.