Context (completely optional to read, but some may be interested):
I have two budgies. They are housed separately as they are both new and from different places, so being quarantined. Tater has a rope perch. I have never seen him chew it or even show mild interest in it except to perch on. Nor have I seen any signs of wear that would suggest it has been chewed. I purchased Tot with a cage, and it included a rope perch in it. It looked very worn, and once he started to warm up to the new environment, I saw him chew on it and removed it. Once the quarantine is over, I'll want to house them in the same cage, which means that the rope perch that Tater has been using will have to go. However, I LOVE the ability to bend a perch into a different position every week as I rearrange the cage to keep the birds interested and engaged. So now I'm considering alternatives to the synthetic rope perches.
1. I've found so many listings for sisal or jute rope perches that are out of stock! Has anyone else found this recently, and more importantly, where have you
found sisal rope perches that are still in stock?
2. Has anyone made and documented their process of making a sisal or jute rope perch from scratch? Or has anyone successfully converted a boing to a perch? I have found some sisal and jute boings for sale, so might that be a viable option?
3. A bit more generally, what do you do when a product's description of the other materials used is vague (metal or plastic rather than stainless steel or acrylic)? How important is this when it comes to the very edges of the perch that fasten it to the cage?
4. General thoughts on purchasing, owning, introducing, maintaining, etc. sisal or jute perches?
I realize that rope perches, whether natural or synthetic, can be controversial. I welcome comments from people with all sorts of opinions and just want to learn from you. Thanks for reading!