The first set of perches that I made for my R-T used 1" diameter, PVC pipe. I had a circular, galvanized plate attached to the wall, came out with a male/slip PVC adaptor to a 45 degree fitting, to a 12" straight piece, to another 45 degree fitting, to a vertical piece (of varying lengths, depending upon the perch location) to a female/slip PVC adaptor into which the T-perch with a male/silp adaptor was screwed.
Tara loved the 3 perches as they had a wee bit of bounce to them. She'd bounce up and down a couple of times, jump into the air and pirouette down to a lower T-perch - great exercise and fun for her evidently. The only problem was that she kept breaking the perches where the PVC adaptor screwed into the round galvanized plate.
Today I replaced the PVC lower part with 1" galvanized pipe and a 90 degree galvanized ell. The upright and T-perch are still 1" PVC pipe. So far the new T-perches are holding up to her. They don't have the "bounce" to them, and Tara hasn't broken one, yet. Her record time with the all-PVC construction was about 4 hours. Now to see how long the new design lasts.
So far, so good. It has been over 24 hours and Tara has not broken even one of the 3 re-designed perches. In fact, the "bounce" is all but gone from the new design, and she is no longer doing half gainers, etc. from the high perch to the low perch.
Now, this has me wondering... Did I do the right thing by eliminating the "bounce"? Tara is now just sitting there looking bored. At least before she was getting some exercise and appeared to be enjoying it...
Cliff. J. “May the best you’ve ever seen, Be the worst you’ll ever see,” From A Scots Toast by Allan Ramsay
I'd say you did the right thing. While she may have been having fun bouncing, having a perch break under your bird runs a risk each time. It could make your bird land awkwardly, hurt the bird with the broken perch or make her perch shy if she can't trust them to support her. I think you made the right call.