What about Sisal rope Marianne. I don't know if Northern Parrots do Sisal rope perches. Karen, at Naturalbirdco.co.uk made the boys cargo net from this, you could drop her an email and see if she has any ideas for alternatives.
I remember this from when I was making up my safe toys thread ..... cotton fibres are naturally longer than sisal which is why they are not the best for a nibbler. Sisal fibres, being shorter, don't have the same tendency to cause the problems with the birds. I also think that individual sisal strands are not as strong as cotton - that is my opinion only. I also think that you have to be careful, whatever you use. Also, sisal rope is not as refined as cotton, which makes it a better birdy product in my mind, with the buds biting bits off quite easily if they do pull at it, which they can't do with cotton, so with the cotton they end up with longer bits in their crop if they do ingest.
You need to ask yourself, as well, how much production has gone into the cotton to get it to the state it is. All these boings come in multicolours, so I really doubt that the cotton is as raw as it could/should be. Untreated sisal rope is a rather primitive product, or mine is at least.
From what I understand about sisal is that it is stronger than cotton making the individual strands less likely to break. Sisal is used in many products from door mats to carpets, car seat stuffing to rope. That's why I asked the question about whether sisal rope was any better than cotton rope. The fact that cotton is from a plant is no different than sisal being from a plant. Maybe it's a case of watching out for fraying or obvious destruction and if it is sen then replace the rope whatever it is made of.
Feb 14, 2012 22:44:05 GMTskysmum
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OP, it is the shortness of the individual fibres in sisal that make it a better product for birds to use, and sisal rope is left quite raw, whereas the cotton has been fabricated to death to make it strong. I am sure sisal carpets, rugs etc are treated similarly to give a superior product.
I realise now that my statement saying that I think sisal fibres are not as strong might need expanding on .... what I was referring to was the individual strands of a sisal rope compared to the same on a cotton boing.
I do remember seeing some mention, also, of products made with a shortened cotton fibre, which were supposed to be considered safer, but I never did track down anything that was used as an example or labelled as such.