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    Making a Bird Climbing Rope

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    A bird ladder is an excellent addition to the bird cage toys your pet currently has access to. There is no limit to the amount of enrichment and enjoyment birds ladders provide. A pet bird will be able to climb the bird ladder, hang upside down off it and chew it, making it one of the most useful bird toys available. You can save a lot of money by making your own bird climbing ladder or rope grid and this article outlines how. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    How to Make a Bird Ladder

    • The first thing you need to do before you start making any bird cage toys is to establish what size you want them to be. This will be solely dependent on the amount of space within the cage that is not taken up by other bird toys.
    • Larger bird’s ladders such as those which are intended for macaws and cockatoos will need to be significantly larger than those intended for budgies or smaller birds. The thickness of the rope used for the bird ladder should be roughly 1” for a macaw and ½” for birds such as budgies. Generally, the amount of rope you need for the bird climbing ladder is 15-20 times the length of the longest side. Therefore, a 6foot bird ladder would require 90feet of rope. Make sure you use natural rope that will not have been treated with anything potentially toxic.
    • To begin making the bird climbing rope you will need to cut four lengths of rope that will for the edges (perimeter) of the bird ladder. Fasten these together using a good know that will not slip. At every corner, leave a piece of rope extra to fasten it to the parrot’s play area.
    • The next step in making these bird cage toys is to cut the horizontal and perpendicular pieces of rope that will from the grid. Lay them over the four edging pieces of rope to roughly position them where they will end up in the bird ladder.
    • The gaps between the ropes in the finished bird ladder should be large enough to allow the intended bird to pass through without strangling itself. 7x7” is recommended for a large macaw, cockatoo or Amazon whilst budgies or canaries etc. will need gaps of roughly 4x4”.
    • Tie all the ropes together wherever they overlap. To keep the bird’s toy looking neat, use the same sort of knot throughout. Cut off any loosed ends with the exception of the four at the corners.
    • To make the bird’s ladders more interesting, you could add extra bird toys to them or even hang some treats. It is important to supervise your pet bird climbing on the rope as they will inevitably pick at it and could end up tangled up in it.
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