Willow branches/perches.

Scott199

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Does anyone know of a company that will supply Willow branches or perches to size ?

i know the natural bird co do it, but they aren't making any till mid next year due to an accident.

I could find it but i'm not 100% what willow is, i've found quite a few brought them home then decided against it as im not 100% sure and just not willing to take the risk.

So really i'm just asking if anyone knows someone or a company that will supply ready made willow or even the branches and i'll make them myself ?
 

dianaT

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Willow is often found in damp areas by streams/rivers etc. The parrots love it , I used to have a lovely tree but hubby cut it down said it was too big! I don't know where you can buy any though.
 

DizzyBlue

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Willow is by far the easiest tree to identify its the huge drooping one :) usually by water

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Can't think of anybody specifically who sells perches made to size but if you have a look on your local gumtree or somewhere like that usually people advertise wood to take away or if you know of a company that does tree felling and cutting they maybe a good person to contact to ask if you could buy a couple of branches off them.

To make them into perches you just need to buy one threaded bar from B&Q measure the inside of your cage one end to the other cut the perch just slightly (and I mean slightly shorter. Drill a hole in each end of the branch, cut a piece of threaded bar to size hammer it in add a washer to the inside and a washer to the outside and slap a wing nut on.

Alternatively you can buy these which are branch holders you just bend the flat prongy bits to hang on to the bars ....
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Probably be able to buy them on ebay as well.
 

Tonifrax

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Does anyone know of a company that will supply Willow branches or perches to size ?

i know the natural bird co do it, but they aren't making any till mid next year due to an accident.

I could find it but i'm not 100% what willow is, i've found quite a few brought them home then decided against it as im not 100% sure and just not willing to take the risk.

So really i'm just asking if anyone knows someone or a company that will supply ready made willow or even the branches and i'll make them myself ?
Hey there, where are you based? I make willow play stands and was thinking I might start making perches out of the smaller branches
 

Scott199

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@DizzyBlue Thank you so much for the info, you are right the reason i thought willow as i believed i could find it easy enough, its not i can't find it, its i just don't trust myself to get it right and as its not really that important i didn't want to take the gamble, im a proper Downey type man, to me a tree, is a tree :)

i do have plenty of rivers near me and ive collected what i think is willow, but just don't want to gamble with the little lad.

Hey there, where are you based? I make willow play stands and was thinking I might start making perches out of the smaller branches
i'm in Somerset, may be interested in a willow stand ?

Hiya, I couldn't believe how long it was, as I mentioned. Time flies!
Yeah i still make them, i should of really kept up on here, but them blooming work commitments, such a pain Haha.
Hope your well by the way?
any details, prices or anything ?
 

Tonifrax

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@DizzyBlue Thank you so much for the info, you are right the reason i thought willow as i believed i could find it easy enough, its not i can't find it, its i just don't trust myself to get it right and as its not really that important i didn't want to take the gamble, im a proper Downey type man, to me a tree, is a tree :)

i do have plenty of rivers near me and ive collected what i think is willow, but just don't want to gamble with the little lad.



i'm in Somerset, may be interested in a willow stand ?

any details, prices or anything ?
I've been making stands and perches for myself and decided to make more to sell on. My only concern with the stands would be that I will have to look into delivery as I live in scotland and they are quite large. Perches aren't so much of an issue in that respect. What type of bird is it for?
 

Scott199

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told the wife it was Lilac and i got this

"Never bring hawthorn or lilac into a house, as they will bring bad luck, and possibly a death, upon those who live there"

do you see what i have to deal with :aplastao::aplastao:;)
 

DizzyBlue

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Hmmm that's an old saying for May flower and an old Norfolk superstition for white lilac
Yup I've heard those myself
 

Scott199

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Thank you, if im correct i found possibly 10-12 trees, some of the bigger/older ones didnt look great but i think i found a few younger ones with nice clean branches, anyway below is some others i think are willow but not 100% sure and also some branches we collected from the first one.

1. Untitled by Wayne Scott, on Flickr

1 again
Untitled by Wayne Scott, on Flickr

2. Untitled by Wayne Scott, on Flickr

2 again
Untitled by Wayne Scott, on Flickr

and the branches, the bigger one is around an inch thick

Untitled by Wayne Scott, on Flickr

all good ?
 
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