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Is there a way to protect rope perches?

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I'm trying to think of the best way to protect rope perches. The flexibility and double, slotted ends make them perfect for specific applications, such as around Luv Bug's food bowl or across Buzzard's playstand, but lately our fool birds have really taken to shredding them. :bored: Not only am I constantly having to check & trim them to make sure they're still safe, but we're starting to burn through quite a few perches. I fell like I'm having to order them more and more frequently. :shocked5:



I was thinking of either vet wrapping them from end to end or making a sleeve of some kind from no-pill fleece to cover them, but I'm not super great at sewing and that might be kind of difficult to slip on if it's made snugly enough.


Or if anyone knows how to rework them with rope (and where to get said rope) I'm open to that. I just can't think of how to re-attach the end pieces except with hot glue & I'm not sure that would be sturdy enough. :shrug3:
 

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I'm trying to think of the best way to protect rope perches. The flexibility and double, slotted ends make them perfect for specific applications, such as around Luv Bug's food bowl or across Buzzard's playstand, but lately our fool birds have really taken to shredding them. :bored: Not only am I constantly having to check & trim them to make sure they're still safe, but we're starting to burn through quite a few perches. I fell like I'm having to order them more and more frequently. :shocked5:



I was thinking of either vet wrapping them from end to end or making a sleeve of some kind from no-pill fleece to cover them, but I'm not super great at sewing and that might be kind of difficult to slip on if it's made snugly enough.


Or if anyone knows how to rework them with rope (and where to get said rope) I'm open to that. I just can't think of how to re-attach the end pieces except with hot glue & I'm not sure that would be sturdy enough. :shrug3:
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I have a thought. You could wrap the rope perch with 1/4 inch twisted sisal rope. It would be extra thick, but it would still be flexible. The birds could safely chew and shred for quite a while before they hit rope. You'd just need to figure out a good way to secure the end of the sisal.

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I saw someone, might have been on Instagram, that vet wrapped a rope boing. It looked awesome because they made it a rainbow.

I've made my own rope perch and boing by doing a 4 strand braid of non-pill fleece strips around a wire core. I added leaf embellishments but that's totally optional. You could probably unwrap the rope and do something similar. But even non-pill fleece safety is debated. So I'm only using the perch and boing I made outside the cage where it'll be supervised.

I'm probably going to use the vet wrap method on a boing at some point. I love the color customization options it allows. And I'd feel safer using it in the cage unless my bird shows a propensity for chewing vet wrap.
 

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I have a thought. You could wrap the rope perch with 1/4 inch twisted sisal rope. It would be extra thick, but it would still be flexible. The birds could safely chew and shred for quite a while before they hit rope. You'd just need to figure out a good way to secure the end of the sisal.

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Great idea! 15 (1).gif Wrap the rope perch with a different, safer kind of rope! I'll try that & probably tie it off in sections so I only have to re-wrap their favorite parts. :yes4:
 

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Oh...and I wouldn't sew a sleeve especially if you aren't great at sewing. The threads of the seams could pose a hazard.

I have used KAM Snaps and non-pill fleece to make things though. No threads involved. But you'd have to acquire a snap press or snap pliers and the snaps. They're super fun and useful for other things but I understand not everyone has the same weakness for craft supplies that I do. Lol
 

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I've made my own rope perch and boing by doing a 4 strand braid of non-pill fleece strips around a wire core.
Brilliant! Even I could do that. Maybe. I've never been able to do a 4 strand braid in my life, but this might be a good time to make myself learn! How'd you do the ends?

I added leaf embellishments
It looks great! How did you do that? :wideyed:

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Luv Bug does. She'd love it if I used snaps. :cautious: Especially if I went through a lot of trouble to put them on.
 

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Brilliant! Even I could do that. Maybe. I've never been able to do a 4 strand braid in my life, but this might be a good time to make myself learn! How'd you do the ends?
I just knotted them and let the ends dangle with the leaves. And I'd never done a 4 strand braid either. But I followed a visual tutorial from a paracord craft website and it was simple!

It looks great! How did you do that? :wideyed:
I cut out stem and leaf shapes along a folded edge to make two leaves attached at the stem. That way I could just braid over the "mono-stem" and have pairs of leaves hanging down.

Luv Bug does. She'd love it if I used snaps. :cautious: Especially if I went through a lot of trouble to put them on.
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I'll start with vet wrap on the ends of the one that arrived today, but I definitely want to try the braided fleece. If I can make a perch, maybe I can figure out brings or atoms! :excited1:

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Imagine what they could do to a perch. :scared2:
 
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If I can make a perch, maybe I can figure out brings or atoms! :excited1:
Atoms are super easy!!! I made one with two 14 inch embroidery hoops, zip ties, and anti-pill fleece. I didn't even braid, just wrapped and tied. Just make sure you burn cut edges of zip ties so the ends are melty instead of sharp.

I used two inner hoops and one outer hoop. So I have a leftover outer for making into something else some day.
 

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Atoms are super easy!!! I made one with two 14 inch embroidery hoops, zip ties, and anti-pill fleece. I didn't even braid, just wrapped and tied. Just make sure you burn cut edges of zip ties so the ends are melty instead of sharp.

I used two inner hoops and one outer hoop. So I have a leftover outer for making into something else some day.
Can I ask what is the largest bird you have and how has your gorgeous atom held up to the largest beak?
 

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Can I ask what is the largest bird you have and how has your gorgeous atom held up to the largest beak?
I was thinking of using flexible pvc as a base for an atom so it would be thicker & I could make larger hoops. And I've also wondered if I could use some to make a flexible perch & re-use the end pieces of a discarded rope perch. :chin:
 
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