Making your own bird cage perches

Making your own bird cage perches

If you are considering the making your own bird cage perches from trees in the back yard or local forest preserve, it’s important to know which wood species are safe and which ones are not. Please use the list below as a reference.

If you do introduce outside wood into your bird’s cage you should disinfect the branches with a good quality disinfectant like Mango Pet Focus – and allow them to dry completely before putting them in your bird’s cage.

 To prevent insect infestation we recommend baking the wood in a 250 degree oven for about an hour to kill all the (potential) critters

Safe Wood
for Bird Cage Perches

ACACIA – Silk Tree would be in this group
APPLE – (Insecticide residue likely cause
for periodic issues)

AILANTHUS – Tree of Heaven
ALDER – white alder –
ALMOND
ARALIA – Fatsia japonica
ASH – Fraxinus
ASPEN – Populus
BAMBOO
BARBERRY- Berberis
BIRCH –
BEECH – Fagus
BOIS D’ARC – horse apple tree
BOTTLE BRUSH
BUTTERFLY BUSH
CAMELLIA
CITRUS –
(lime, kumquat, grapefruit, orange, lemon)
CORK –
(not wood from cork oak, but cork)
CORN PLANTS
COTTONWOOD – Populus
CRABAPPLE – Malus
CRAPE MYRTLE –
(not the same as myrtle)
DATE
DOGWOOD – Cornus
DOUGLAS FIR – Pseudotsuga
DRACAENA
ELM – Ulmus
ESCALLONIA
EUCALYPTUS
FIG
FIR – genus Abies
GINKGO
GRAPE VINES
GRAPE PALM
GUAVA
HACKBERRY
HAWTHORN – Crataegus
HIBISCUS
HICKORY
IRONWOOD – apparently toxic leaves
JADE PLANT
KALANCHOE
LARCH – Larix
LILAC – Syringa
MADRONA / MADRONE – Arbutus
MAGNOLIA
MAPLE – Acer
MANZANITA – Arctostaphylos
MESQUITE – remove sharp parts
MIMOSA
MOUNTAIN ASH – Sorbus
MULBERRY – Morus
NANDINA -common name is heavenly bamboo
NORFOLK ISLAND PINE – Araucaria
NUT TREES – exclude chestnut
ORANGE – several sources lean toward safe
OREGON GRAPE – Mahonia
PALM
PAPAYA
PEAR
PECAN
PINE – Pinus:
PHOTINIA
POPLAR – Populus
PUSSY WILLOW – Salix
RAPHIOLEPSIS – Indian Hawthorn
RIBBONWOOD
ROSE – Rosa
RUBBER PLANT – Ficus elastica – Weeping Fig in bad column
RUSSIAN OLIVE
SASSAFRAS
SILK TREE
SPIRAEA
SPRUCE – Picea
STAGHORN SUMAC –
STRAWBERRY TREE – Arbutus like Madrone
SWEET GUM
SYCAMORE
THURLOW
TREE FERN
VIBURNUM
VINE MAPLE – Acer
WEEPING WILLOW – Salix –
WIEGELA
YUCCA

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Dangerous Wood
for Bird Cage Perches

 ALDER – red alder  
ANDROMEDA – Pieris, Lily of the Valley shrub
APRICOT
ARROWHEAD VINE
AUSTRALIAN FLAME TREE
AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE
AVACADO
AZALEA – Related to Rhododendron 
BANEBERRY – Actaea
BEANS -castor, horse, fava, broad, glory, scarlet runner
BLACK LOCUST – Robinia 
BOX ELDER
BOXWOOD – Buxus 
BUCKTHORN – Cascara / Alder Buckthorn – 
BRACKEN FERN
BURDOCK
CACAO
CAMEL BUSH – Trichodesma
CANARY BIRD BUSH – Crotalaria
CANNABIS
CASTOR BEAN
CEDAR – Thuja, Chamaecyparis, Cupressus
CHALICE – trumpet vine
CHERRY – see comments below 
CHINA BERRY TREE – Melia / Texas umbrella tree
CHINESE MAGNOLIA – uncertain for safety
CHINESE POPCORN / TALLOW
CHINESE SNAKE TREE – Laquer plant
COMMON SAGE
CORIANDER – Cilantro 
DATURA
DAPHNE – it’s the berries 
DATURA STRAMONIUM – Brugmansia – angel’s trumpet
DIEFFENBACHIA
ELDERBERRY
EUONYMUS – Includes burning bush and more 
EUPHORBIA
FELT PLANT – Kalancho baharensis
FLAME TREE
FIRETHORN – Pyracantha
FLAME TREE – Brachychiton / Sterculia
FOXGLOVE – Digitalis (pharmaceutical source)
GOLDEN CHAIN TREE – Laburnum 
GROUND CHERRY
CROWN OF THORNS
HEATHS
HEMLOCK – Tsuga 
HOLLY – Ilex 
HONEY LOCUST – Gleditsia
HORSE CHESTNUT – Aesculus
HUCKLEBERRY – leaves bad: evergreen & deciduous
HYDRANGEA
JASMINE
JUNIPER – Juniperus 
KALMIA: also called Mountain Laurel
KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE
LANTANA – red sage 
LAUREL – Prunus 
LEUCOTHOE
LUPINE
MANGO – (fruit okay: not wood or leaves)
MEXICAN BREADFRUIT
MOCK ORANGE – Philadelphus 
MONSTERA – big hunker of a house plant
MOUNTAIN LAUREL – Kalmia latifolia 
MYRTLE – broadleaf evergreen, not crape myrtle
NECTARINE
NUTMEG
OAK – Quercus – all parts / tannins
MISTLETOE
OLEANDER
PEACH
PEAR – some sources lean toward safe
PENCILTREE
PITCH PINE
PLUM
PRARIE OAK – safety uncertain 
PRIVET
RAIN TREE
RED MAPLE 
RED SAGE – Lantana 
REDWOOD – Sequiadendron, Metasequoia, Sequoia
RHODODENDRON
RHUBARB 
SAND BOX TREE – sap was used to poison fish
SOLANUM – Jerusalem cherry or pepino 
SOPHORA – includes Japanese pagoda tree
SUMAC – not all sumacs are bad
TOBACCO
TANSY 
TOMATO
UMBRELLA TREE
WALNUT
WEEPING FIG – Ficus benjamina > Ficus elastica safe
WHITE CEDAR – China
WITCH HAZEL – Hamamelis
WISTERIA
YEW – Taxus

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written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing

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