Rope That's Actually Safe and Won't Fray!

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Miami, Florida Perching: Sun Conures

Dave recently made an awesome discovery. We were at a pet shop in Sandpoint, Idaho and in Rose's Exotic Pet Shop they had a huge green wing macaw on top of his cage with this giant rope. It looked so cool, like it would be on the set of a pirate movie! "What is that? And how can you use it when rope frays like it does?" we asked the owner. "This kind doesn't fray." she said. 

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida Shown: Galah "Bandit" on Manila Rope 

And she was right. It's called Manila Rope and it breaks, it doesn't fray... making it PERFECT for pet parrots! It's also the cheapest rope out there, at as low as 6 cents per foot!

We get our Manila Rope at Knot & Rope Supply. It's not sprayed with anything but does have a natural smell that is funky enough to make you think they put something on it, but they don't (we called for the same reason... 3 times to verify).

For more photos of the manila rope in our cages, check out my flickr!

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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I have just purchased some Manila rope after reading your post and doing some research. I asked about the use of oils and was told it has none applied. I received it today and it has a oilish type smell but you did say it has a funky smell so I’m not sure. It’s rough enough I can’t tel if there’s a residue on it. Some pictures show varying shades of colour to the rope when I looked online but the one I received is the darker shade. I also read a post that all manila all over the world uses oils in the rope at some point in the packaging process, whether it be from running it through the machines or after. I’m not sure if I should use this for my birds. Advice?


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