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I've gotten worried enough about the safety of cotton that I'm planning on gradually replacing all of the cotton perches. I have two concerns, however.

First is that there are some things that are MUCH easier to do with something bendable, such as the perches I have on the outside of the cages just under the doors. Or the much loved spiral perches. One possibility is to replace them with sisal versions. My understanding is that sisal is safer--in particular, it doesn't lead to crop impactions. Am I correct about this?

Second concern is whether budgies should have something soft to perch on in the mix. There are certain times when that is certainly the case--when they have a sore on their foot, for example. But what about as a matter of course? I'll ask my vet about it, but I'ld love to hear your thoughts on it.

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I have heard of sisal impaction, but I think that was primarily lower GI (though this was an African Grey). The symptoms were constipation and hard, dry droppings.
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So i've been following this tonight and hope to see more thoughts on this.I personally took my cotton rope perch out on the outside of the main cage and only let the birds play on it while outside the cage and supervised due to worries that My hen ( Bell) would make a dangerous threat to her and the others while inside the main cage. Bell and Tahoe seem to enjoy the softness of comfort side so i have been looking into the sisal ones in sn attempt to replace the current offender but have yet to do so and would like to hear more about the sisal perches and what you all think of them before i odder some.
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I have been using cotton rope perches for several years with both budgies and cockatiels and have seen no signs of stress from the perches themselves. No crop impaction anyway.

Forgot to add I have seen cockatiels get caught in the loose threads of a knotted rope just not tightly weaved rope perches. If they get ragged looking its time to replace them.

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Drat!!!! I'm seeing Ms. Avian Vet tomorrow and talk to her about the benefits of soft perching spot vs. the dangers of the fibers, though I have a distinct feeling that this is going to be one of those topics that even the vets are going to disagree on at the moment!
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It really comes down to the individual birds and how diligent the owner(s) are in monitoring their activity.

If you have birds that like to chew on fibers then I would definitely not recommend having cotton rope perches inside the cage.

Two of my cages have a rope boing in them and the other two have no ropes whatsoever.
At the first sign of wear, the rope boings are replaced.
I do believe that sisal is a safer choice than cotton fiber but if a bird ingests too much sisal, it can cause crop impaction.

I believe if you provide natural wood perches of varying diameters, and possibly a platform type perch, most budgies really don't need a "soft" place to perch.
Obviously any budgie with pressure sores or a foot/leg disability has different needs.
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Ms. Avian Vet agreed with you completely! Well, I didn't ask her about sisal vs. cotton, but on all the rest that is what she said.
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Thanks for this thread. I'd love to hear other people's opinions and experiences with cotton rope perches. The potential dangers are scary, but Apollo LOVES his bouncy spring-type rope perch so I haven't had the heart to take it completely out of the rotation (I switch up his perches and toys every week or two). It's still in good condition, without any loose threads or anything, and Apollo doesn't seem to chew on it, so I'm thinking it's safe for now...?
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Thanks for this thread. I'd love to hear other people's opinions and experiences with cotton rope perches. The potential dangers are scary, but Apollo LOVES his bouncy spring-type rope perch so I haven't had the heart to take it completely out of the rotation (I switch up his perches and toys every week or two). It's still in good condition, without any loose threads or anything, and Apollo doesn't seem to chew on it, so I'm thinking it's safe for now...?
That is correct.

You will simply need to continue to monitor Apollo's behavior and the condition of the rope boing.

If Apollo is not chewing the perch and there are no loose threads then you can leave the boing in his cage without too much concern.
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