How-To: Raptor Perch
10 ft. PVC Pipe, 1/2 inch diameter
6 90° Elbows, female
2 ‘T’ connectors
1 sq foot of Astroturf OR
5 ft. sisal/manila rope (for wrapping)
1 ft. PVC pipe insulation (foam)
Step 1: Cut the PCV pipe into 10, 12 in lengths.
Step 2: Use one length, and wrap the foam insulation around the pipe. Cut the astroturf to the size of the pipe length, and wrap around the foam. Now cut the width based on the wrapping around the pipe with the foam on it. One of the tricks that I used here was using some green Dacron fishing line to sew the astroturf together at the seam. It seals up the wrap nicely and hides the seam, creating a neat perch surface covering that appears uniform.
Wrap the length of the PVC with the manila rope to be either two or three layers thick as to provide a good base for the raptor’s feet. Usually about 1 and 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter (diameter of 1/2 inch PVC by itself is about 7/8ths of an inch).
Step 3: Connect two elbows to your padded perch bar on either end, ensuring that they are aligned in the same direction.
Step 4: Connect two more lengths of pipe to the elbows.
Step 5: Connect the ‘T’ Connectors to the bottom.
Step 6: Connect lengths of PVC and elbows, creating a sturdy base for the perch. [expand]
Step 7: Ensure the fit all the parts, and then take the structure apart. Apply glue to each joint, and assemble as you glue the joints together.
Notes: There are many variations on perches and perch designs with PVC. Many are very easy to make and very inexpensive. You’ll also need to consider a perch ring to secure the raptor to the perch, as well as some weight considerations to hold the perch AND your raptor in place in the event that she bates. Weights and perch anchors can vary from a 5 lb. dumbbell weight to chains and ground attachments. Use with caution for the safety of your raptor; your mileage may vary.