|Felicia says, “A few notes before getting started. This may be obvious for the “do-it-yourselfers” out there, but for those of us who are not, here are a few things to know before you shop for supplies that will save you 2-3 trips back to the hardware store! LOL”PVC pipe comes in two types. One is meant for cold water only and one for both hot and cold water. For perch making, of course, it does not matter which you use. But, if you purchase schedule 40 PVC pipe (cold water only), make sure you also purchase schedule 40 fittings, otherwise, they won’t fit together. Schedule 40 is white, the other is off white (I think its schedule 90) so it makes it easy to match them up. Also, I used a metal floor flange for the first perch I made. I was not concerned about the possibility of metal toxicity because my birds do not have the opportunity to chew at the metal on the base. If you prefer a PVC type flange, they are available but they are harder to find and a little more expensive. I found one at Lowes. I have both types pictured. If you cost out supplies per perch, it only costs around $5-$7 to build one of these.SUPPLY LIST
INSTRUCTIONSFirst, I made the base. If the plywood is rough on the edges, use some sandpaper to smooth it. Take the backing off the vinyl flooring square and stick it to the wood. Although it is self stick, I also used a little glue to make sure it stayed put. Use a utility knife to cut off any overhang of vinyl over the edge of the wood. If you are using a metal flange, place it in the middle of the wood and mark the screw holes. Use a drill bit one size smaller than the screws to drill starter holes on the marks. Screw the flange to the wood. If using a PVC flange, you simply glue it down on the vinyl and give it at least 24 hours to dry before proceeding.
To make the perch (refer to photo). Cut the PVC to desired lengths: 1 piece for the vertical of the T and 2 pieces of equal length for the horizontal of the T. I used a jigsaw but a hand saw works too. Fit the 3 pieces of pipe into the Tee piece. The bottom of the vertical pipe then goes into the male adaptor. Place the caps on the ends of the horizontal pipe. I did not find it necessary to glue the PVC pieces because they fit tightly together. Screw the male adaptor into the flange, and, you have a table top perch! I used my RTX (like a Dremel) to make the PVC rough for easier gripping but rough sandpaper would probably also work.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at BirdHead@Columbus.rr.com