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What’s the Best Way to Use PVC Pipe for a Parrot Playground?

Last Updated on by Catherine Tobsing

Kricia U. asks:

 

Hello! What are your thoughts about this material for a blue and gold macaw, two sun conures, and a cockatiel?

 

Hi Kricia,

 

PVC is fine except for its slippery surface.

 

First, let’s watch this video.

 

 

Towards the end of the video – note, none of the birds are perching on PVC, they are all on “natural” surfaces.

 

The slippery PVC is counter-intuitive and unnatural because birds can not maintain a tight (secure) grasp on PVC.

 

Make PVC Better for Your Bird

 

That can be overcome by roughening the material with low number grit sandpaper (40 – 100).

 

You can also use Vet Wrap to improve your bird’s grip.

 

Vet Wrap can be used for any (smooth/plastic) perch inside or outside the birdcage.

 

Aside from the added traction, if you have any perch getting soiled, wrap it with vet wrap and replace the self-adhering tape every 1 – 3 days for a more sanitary environment.

 

Stay safe

Best

MitchR

 

Kricia U replied

 

Very much appreciated Mitch!!

 

Thank you for your detailed information and thank you for your time!

 

Best,

Kricia

 

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