I have come to think that Peppy may have issues with his feet similar to Siobhan's Trixie. Not as extreme, but I've noticed his grip is not as strong as I would expect, and moving to the new day cage has made some problems more apparent. He has a hard time moving to different heights. When he was first given up he was in a lovebird-size cage, with a skinny dowel for his only perch. It could have been that, or maybe he has a touch of arthritis, or both.
I'm rethinking how his new cage is set up. I'm putting everything no higher than his food and water, and will ladder his perches, which have different sizes and textures. I've also ordered a couple of different types of platforms, though he does sleep fine on a perch. Has anyone ever tried one of the heating perches? Any other suggestions?
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
I have never tried the heated perches but I was thinking maybe his perch should be a little softer? Like wrapping a sock around it a few times or something soft like that? I was thinking maybe he would be able to help his grip by digging his nails in?
Trixie uses her platform a lot but she also seems to prefer the bigger perches to the smaller ones. She has cockatiel/Quaker sized comfy perches (the multicolored rope style) and a wood perch that used to be Greta's that she spends most of her time on. You might try giving Peppy perches sized for a bigger bird than he is, so he doesn't have to grip to hang on. Trixie's right foot seems to work better than her left. I think she might have arthritis or an old injury in her toes on that foot.
Quaker Clyde; tiel Freddie; Rocky 'Too; dog, Jack; too many fish to list.