Barrie this was an excellent thread! I also vote on making this a sticky. I offer my fids a variety wooden perches (Cholla, grape wood, and manzinata perches) as well as cotton rope perches. They seem to all favor the cotton rope perches though. I also totally agree on the false advertisement with the sand perches!
My only concern is - it doesn't say what type of wood it is.
I know Pets at Home sell natural java wood perches but unsure of pricing - As mine are in a large flight area - I have always used pine dowel - plain and fluted but sure someone with more experience can help
I have good luck with this hardwood perch that I was able to find at a wal-mart. NOt a dowel hardwood but it looks like a branch with the bark shaved off. That is the favorite place to sit next to a cotton rope swing. I keep a safety perch in for nail and beak but as the middle one so it isn't the primary. I put in a nice manzanita the other day. His feet should never get bored lol.
But I would have never known any of this without lots of research and reading the articles here. The petshop sold me sand perch covers and recommended them and said the dowel rods in the cage were just fiiiiiine. Yea...those were all in the trash a few days later
Lots of pet store workers have no clue what they're talking about, they just go along with the general things that people THINK a bird would need... I want to get a job at a pet store just so I can guide people in a better direction!
BTW guys, the place where I get most of my bird supplies sells rope perches for $12......I got the same one at Wal-Mart for $5.....score.