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

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




Kricia U replied


Very much appreciated Mitch!!


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





Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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