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Old 05-06-2018, 03:48 PM
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I was thinking of getting one of these so I can take Lincoln out without having to harness train him, any advice on how I would secure a perch in it?

https://www.amazon.com/Furhaven-Pet-...01IRRML7M?th=1
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Re: securing a perch

Both Wrench and Kiwi's Mom have a like or same product and have added a perch to their units. I do not recall just how they secured a perch, so I will leave that to either of them.

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Re: securing a perch

You may be able to mount 2 vertical pieces of wood or PVC pipe to a flat plate, then run another piece across from left to right, that piece being the perch. You would have to remove the small "structure" to fold up the unit but it may work for you.

I looked at photos from the Pack-o-Bird units and they have special supports built into their construction to support a perch and water/food dishes. That would be much harder to duplicate.
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Re: securing a perch

I think the cleanest way is to do what pak-o-Bird does, use grommets. Install the grommet at the required height on each side, cut a properly sized dowel for a perch, put it between the grommets and secure it with screw and washer from the outside.

Here's an example of a 1/4" (hole) grommet kit

Celltei Pak-o-Bird pic showing the perch installed through a grommet and secured with a wingnut.
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Re: securing a perch

Quote: Originally Posted by Owlet View Post
I was thinking of getting one of these so I can take Lincoln out without having to harness train him, any advice on how I would secure a perch in it?

https://www.amazon.com/Furhaven-Pet-...01IRRML7M?th=1
By the way I have one of these that I used to carry a puppy around in and I would definately not recommend it for a chewing parrot.
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Re: securing a perch

Thankfully my parrot doesn't chew much.
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Re: securing a perch

I did this with a hard plastic carrier, I added a perch and a bowl on the door...The Pak-o-Bird is awesome if you don't mind paying for it, but if you just want to buy a cheaper, collapsing dog carrier like the one in your photo and add a perch to it, it's not that difficult, though it depends on what type of perch you want to add...

It's easier to do with a hard plastic carrier obviously because it's solid, and you don't need to add a perch going the entire way across. So I simply bought a long, wooden bird perch with a washer and a wing-nut, you know, the kind that is meant to screw down to the cage bars...I simply took the top off of the hard plastic dog carrier, drilled a hole with an electric drill through the back wall of the bottom half of the carrier, the size of the metal rod coming out of the end of the perch, then simply put the metal rod through the hole, and then put the washer and wing-nut on the outside of the carrier and tightened it down, so that the perch ran lengthwise through the carrier, from the back wall towards the door. The perch cost me like $4 at Walmart and was the perfect length for the medium carrier I bought, as it ran to about the middle of the carrier, so it left ample room for the bird to sit on the floor of the carrier if he wanted to, sit in from of the door, and have a stainless bowl attached to the door.

For a collapsible, fabric dog carrier like that, you'll have to run a wooden perch/dowel the entire way across the carrier, from side to side, and attach it at both sides so it will be stable, as you couldn't do what I did with the hard plastic carrier and have a perch attached to only one side/wall, because when the bird stepped on the perch it may flip or tilt the entire carrier, depending on how heavy it is. It's going to also depend on where you want to put the perch and what the sides are made of, as it looks like that carrier has screen sides. So you'd have to run a perch/dowel from one screen side to the other, and then attach it to both sides.

One way as already mentioned would be to cut a hole in each side screen/material the diameter of the wooden dowel or perch you're using, and then go to Lowes and buy 2 grommets to insert in the holes, and then just insert the dowel/perch into each grommet. You'd have to take the dowel/perch with you when buying the grommets so that you can be sure to find grommets that the dowel/perch ends fit very tightly in and will not fall out of.

If you don't want to cut holes in the screen, then you could also buy the kind of grommets that have a hole on one side for the dowel/perch to fit into snuggly, and then the other side have a larger, flat, round piece of plastic that is meant to be affixed to another flat surface, such as a wall. Some small cage perches have these that fit on the other side of the bars than the perch is on...Then you could simply use a strong epoxy, like Gorilla Glue Epoxy, and glue the flat side of the grommets to the inside of the carrier's screens.

If you're not planning on carry your bird on your back, like you do with the Pak-o-Birds, but rather just wanting a carrier to bring him along in the car and outside with you that you carry, then I suggest you look into a Coleman brand dog carrier...I bought one at Big Lots of all places, I just happen to see it while I was looking at leashes, and it cost me $20! It's a soft, collapsible carrier, but it has a solid bottom and back wall (the fabric on the bottom and the back wall have a piece of hard plastic inserted in-between the fabric pieces)...This gave me the best of both worlds, because it was still a collapsible, folding, fabric carrier that was light and had lots of screen on the sides for my Senegal to see out of, but because it has a solid back wall I was able to do the same thing I did with the hard plastic carrier, I drilled a hole in the bottom half of the back wall, and then bought the same wooden bird perch from Walmart for $4, and just inserted it into the hole and attached the washer and the wing-nut on the outside of the back wall, tightened it, and was good to go. It has a metal door that I again put a bowl on that is easily removable, so I only put the bowl in for him on long car trips so he can snack. But it's an awesome carrier, and Coleman makes a size large and extra-large, one of which would be good for your Electus...
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