Unipod Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can my bird get off the Unipod?

Highly unlikely.  With a single, hard-to-reach stem—there really isn’t a way for your bird to climb down off the Unipod.  Plus, the Unipod is a tall playstand—taller than most—so birds with clipped wings really have to think twice before jumping off the stand.

Flighted birds are a possible exception, of course—as they would be with any playstand.  Even so, many of our customers tell us their birds pretty much stay put on the Unipod--and that Unipod is the only playstand they’ve ever had that their bird will actually stay on!


Can the Unipod tip over?

The base of your Unipod stand measures 16”x16” and weighs approximately 28 to 30 pounds—which is a very stable footprint for a single stem stand.  It is highly unlikely that your Unipod will ever tip over.  This is true even if your bird is flighted and lands on the stand.  Customer experience—and our own “load testing” with large Macaw and  Cockatoo-size birds on the Unipod stand (both clipped and flighted)—have verified this time and time again. 

Keep in mind, however, that the top and tray of your Unipod stand balance on a single stem—so there may be a tiny bit of “give” to the stem.  All tall buildings, towers, etc. experience some sway—and it’s no different for a tall playstand.  It’s just physics.  Just make sure that the stem of your Unipod is screwed tightly to the base of the stand, and sway will be kept in check.


How well does the tray catch messes?

We’ve made our Unipod tray as large as practical.  It’s big enough to catch the bulk of your bird’s mess—but small enough to preserve the space efficiency that probably attracted you to the Unipod stand in the first place.  Plus, it’s in a size that’s economical to ship.

Although our Unipod trays do a good job of containing your bird’s mess—it won’t catch all of it.  Anyone who has been around birds for any length of time knows that birds will always move to the furthest branch/spot on the playstand—and then dump.  Some birds are especially good at “angle shots”—i.e. those perpendicular droppings made from that furthest point that shoot right past the edge of tray and hit the floor.  Then there are the birds who like to forage in the tray and lean over the edge of the tray to drop their food and/or do their business.  It doesn’t matter how big the tray is.  It’s not going to catch 100% of your bird’s mess.

If you’re concerned about the 5-10% of the mess our tray doesn’t catch, we recommend you do what we do—which is put an old sheet, tablecloth, or shower curtain under the Unipod while it’s in use.  When the bird is done with the stand for the day, we just shake out the sheet and/or throw it in the wash.  Customers tell us that plastic runners or chair mats under the Unipod work well, too—especially on carpeted floors.


Why is Unipod more expensive than other playstands?

We recognize that our Unipod modular playstands are probably a little more expensive than other playstands for pet birds.  However, they are built to last a lifetime. 

Like all of our stainless playstands, Unipods are built in small shops--not mass-produced in large factories.  We use only the best materials in building Unipod—and all of our playstands.  Every piece of stainless steel we use in Unipod is high quality, American-made stainless steel—down to the last nut and bolt.  It’s extremely durable and completely bird-safe.  Lower grades of stainless can rust, and some even contain lead, zinc and other toxic metals that can be harmful to your bird—which is why we insist on using only the best.  (See "Stainless Steel 101" for more details.)  Our plastic trays are also made out of high quality Kydex plastic, which is the same material used to build the interiors of aircraft and other applications.  Like our stainless, it’s durable, completely bird-safe, and extremely easy to clean.  All I can tell you is that everyone who has bought a Unipod from us thus far really loves it.


What if something breaks?  Do you offer replacements?

We want you and your bird to enjoy your Unipod stand for life—which is why we’ve made sure every hardware component of your stand is replaceable.  Other than the toy hangers on the “ring” and “C” tops, none of the stainless screws, nuts, studs, or other fasteners that hold Unipod together are welded in place—which means that you can remove and replace that hardware in the unlikely event that a screw or stud becomes broken, bent or stripped.  Your Unipod stand is an investment, and we don’t your stand to become unusable simply because a $2 hardware piece wears out.

All screws used in construction of the Unipod are standard ¼ - 20 thread and are stainless steel.  You can purchase replacements at any home center or hardware store—or you can contact us at 866-WINGDOW or, and we will send you that replacement hardware at no charge.


What if I want to change or replace the perch of my Unipod stand?

At some point you may need to change or replace the perch wood on your Unipod stand.  Your bird may have chewed the perch—or you may simply want to try a different wood.  Either way, call us at 866-WINGDOW—or go online at—and we can supply you with another perch for your stand. 


Can I make my own perch for my Unipod stand?

If you have a supply of favorite wood and wish to make your own perch for your stand, by all means, do so.  In fact, we encourage it—since you know best what your bird likes.  We offer instructions on how to drill your own Unipod perch in our assembly instructions.


Can I use my own food cups with Unipod?

Absolutely.  Pretty much any cup that attaches through the vertical bars of your cage can also be attached to the stainless steel food cup bracket for Unipod.  However, you should really give our acrylic cups a try.  They are extremely durable and dishwasher-safe--and can't be tipped over by playful beaks.  Plus, they look great on the Unipod!


What if I change my mind and want to add wheels to my Unipod at a later date?

It’s not a problem.  You can purchase our “roller skate” accessory, which is essentially a second base plate (with wheels) that attaches to the bottom of your existing stand.

Since your Unipod stand is modular, you also have the option of exchanging your existing (stationary) base for a base with wheels.   However, this may be a more expensive option than the above “roller skate” addition because of shipping costs both ways.  Call us, and we would be happy to price both options out for you.