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The Quick-And-Easy Edible Perch Swing

Make an edible perch for your pet bird.

By Laura Doering

An edible perch swing that's meant to be devoured
The edible perch swing.

Does your bird chew up its perch as if it’s an edible entrée? Offer your bird a perch that’s meant to be eaten. Try our edible perch swing – it’s easy to make, and your bird will soon discover that this moveable perch offers fun taste and textures.


  • 4 fresh asparagus spears
  • Ready-to-bake pizza dough
  • 4 banana slices
  • 4 wooden kabob scourers
  • Twine/rope

    Roll out the pizza dough and cut out three 1½ inch-wide strips about 7 inches long each. Braid the strips and bake according to package instructions. Allow to fully cool. Gently push a kabob stick through the bottom of an asparagus spear and push the kabob stick into the end of the pizza crust. Repeat until you have two asparagus spears pressed into each end of the pizza crust with the kabob stick. Leave about an inch of the kabob stick hanging out so you can slide banana slices onto it.

    Tie a knot around the tops of the two asparagus spears on each side so the perch hangs (make sure the knots are tight to prevent your bird’s toenail from getting caught). Hang the perch in your bird’s cage or on its playgym. (As with any new toy, supervise your bird while it’s investigating its edible offering.)

    Chances are your bird won’t eat the whole perch, but this is definitely an occasion when your bird is allowed to chew on it perch! Remove the perch from the cage before the end of the day to prevent spoilage.

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    My birds would be scared of this if I put this in their cage! But it's a great idea for birds who would love it!
    Barbara, Howell, MI
    Posted: 10/8/2009 7:51:09 AM
    cool gotta try that
    mel, westchester, NC
    Posted: 9/29/2009 7:05:47 AM
    Cute...I use Carrots...
    Jo, Pleasant Plain, OH
    Posted: 9/23/2009 11:23:49 AM
    how cute!
    stephanie, no smithfield, RI
    Posted: 9/21/2009 8:14:46 AM
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