By Diane Burroughs
We love the Java Bird Stand so much that we have one in our bird room right by Peachy’s cage and another in the basement. Our birds love to exercise and climb all over these bird stands and we love the tree like configuration that has remained sturdy for years!
The large Java Bird Stands are massive making them just right for a large bird like Peachy, a Moluccan Cockatoo. Java wood is actually reclaimed from coffee bushes, hence the name. While the actual coffee bean is problematic for parrots, the dense very hardwood if bird safe. Java wood grows in odd, twisting configurations and features horizontal branches. These bushes have a wide variance in the thickness of the branches making them fun for parrots to climb on while offering superior foot exercise.
Both of our trees are about 50″ in height so that our birds are always within reach. A & E Cages produces two models of the Java Bird Stand. The standard Model has a smaller tray and a smaller “tree canopy”and can be shipped via UPS or Fed Ex which cuts the shipping costs considerably.
The Deluxe Model is features a larger tree canopy as well as a larger tray. It must be shipped via freight. However, for a large bird that needs exercise, it’s worth its weight in gold. This is the model that we use for Peachy’s daily use. We roll this stand close to his bird cage and he roams in and out as he wishes.
We’ve been in the bird supplies business for almost 20 years and we’ve yet to find a more parrot friendly bird stand that also holds up to the test of time. Never the less, we have wish list to improve the Java Bird Stand.
TRAY: The first thing that we suggest is to develop a coating for the tray. As it stands, the tray is made from plywood with a nice lip to contain debris. Over time, the plywood has absorbed moisture. Originally, we applied heavy duty linoleum tiles to the tray but the glue gave way after about 5 years. About 6 months ago, we sanded the stray down and applied some spray on rubber paint, however, the rubber paint hasn’t held up as well as expected. We may explore taking the tray down to get it Rhino coated or simply gluing down actual laminate.
FOOD CUPS: We are not impressed with the cups that come with the Java Bird Stand. They seem to be made out of a concrete like material and are shaped to look like half a coconut shell. They quickly broke. We replaced the cups with stainless steel screw on cups.
TOY HOOK: While easy to remedy, it would be nice if these bird stands came with a toy hook as opposed to eyelet screws that large birds quickly remove. We drilled a hole and inserted a Mango Wrought Iron Toy Hook to hold a variety of toys.
So, there you have it. Even with these issues, we absolutely love our Java Bird Stands. But, more importantly, so do our parrots.