Bird owners love rope perches for their parrots because they help keep their feet healthy, are fun to chew on, and can be used to vary the setup of the cage easily and provide mental stimulation.  However, the downside is that they can be expensive ($10-12 for a 1.5' perch) and if your parrot is like mine, they destroy them as fast as they can, which puts a dent in your wallet.  Instead of throwing away the damaged/demolished perch, I repair mine and put them back in the cage.  The only downside to the repair is that it takes a couple inches off the length of the perch each time it's fixed.

Disclaimer:  This tutorial has questionable quality on the pictures.  I'm kinda poor so my "best camera" is my cell phone, which does an admirable job most of the time but the pictures are sometimes iffy (like in low or high light).  I apologize in advance for the poor quality of some of the photos, and when I get a better camera I'll remake this tutorial with some decent photos.  For now, these will do.

Tools you will need:
- The damaged rope perch and parts
- Good scissors
- Hot glue
- Masking tape  (medical/sports tape, electrical tape, duct tape or gaffer tape also work- I used medical tape since I was out of masking tape)
- Flathead screwdriver

Step 1: The Problem

Witness, the culprit- Aya the sun conure (wet from a bath and happily nomming a treat) and the damage- Two rope perches, chewed so badly on one end that they've parted company with the plastic bits holding them to the cage bars and now lay at the bottom of the cage.
<p>I used a small hot glue gun, so probably low temp one. I've used high temp ones before (got a third degree burn scar from it, too) and I don't think the high temp ones would melt the plastic ends. The caps seem a bit too dense (acrylic? Similar?) to me to melt quickly even with a high temp gun. I'd still probably use a low temp gun though, that way if you need to repair it again, you can pull it out easier to do a second repair.</p>
<p>Did you use high temp or low temp hot glue? That sounds like a funny question, I know, but I think the high temp would work better but am worried it might melt the plastic ends.</p>
I have a cockatoo named Aya. She loves to chew the rope. Thank you for this.

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