Also available and widely used are rope perches. These make fine, foot-friendly perches, but take great care to ensure that your Quaker does not unravel the stands of the rope and become entangled in them. Any rope that shows the slightest sign of beginning to unravel should be trimmed back or removed immediately to prevent entanglement or accidental hanging.
I personally do not recommend rope perches as a permanent mainstay in the cage due to the tiny cotton strings that can become wrapped around a Quakers foot or toes and cut off circulation before being detected. I do provide my Quaker with a rope perch because he loves to swing from it, but it is used only with close supervision, and removed at night or when he is home alone. To reduce the risk of snared toes in perches and toys, regular nail grooming is a must.
Feeding and Watering
Another useful feature incorporated in recent years is the design of outside access feeders on the sides of the cage. These feeders can be replenished from outside the cage allowing frequent water and food changes without having to disturb or remove your bird. Also available are separate, lock-on dishes which are highly recommended for those mischievous fellows who insist on dumping their food out every chance they get.
The bowls and feeding systems of today are designed to keep your cage cleaner and to prevent your bird from tipping them over. Some watering systems provide a continuous supply of clean water for your Quaker without fear of contamination. These are especially useful because Quakers are known for their habit of defecating in their water supply if the opportunity presents itself.
An economical watering system that makes recycling simple is to take a sixteen ounce beverage bottle and adding the stainless steel ball-point tube and rubber stopper. Inverted and attached to the outside of the cage, you can guarantee your bird always has clean drinking water without spending a lot of money. There are numerous feeding and watering systems on the market today, too many to list in this book. Just be sure that whatever system you choose for your Quaker is safe for him to use, easy to replenish and clean, and is not breakable.