Scarlet macaw playing on his cage in front of a window.

Parrot Resistant Window Treatments

Parrot Resistant Window Treatments

Like Mulder in the X-Files I want to believe. I want to believe there is a Parrot Resistant Window Treatment option. I'm forced to believe on one level because I am the eternal optimist. There must be a way out of all this horizontal window blind problem.

The strings are magnets. Dazzling and inviting strings of joy to cockatiels. The horizontal slats are hidden landing strips for all! Macaw or parakeet. The valance was a perfect place for a big red, yellow, and blue macaw to hang upside down from; should our attentions not be directed correctly.

Covered in dust and dander, at one time they were smooth and easy to wipe down. Two-inch-wide horizontal slats. I easily used Swiffer once upon a time. Then Snickers showed every parrot in the house that the real intent was to chew on the sides to turn them all into serrated edge landing strips! Wiping with any cloth or dusting device became impossible.

Horizontal Window Treatments. Unreasonable for parrots, reasonable and fashionable for humans with no parrots. Obviously, we do not qualify. We took inventory of all the uses the birds had found for all the parts of horizontal window blinds. It seemed simple enough.

Buy treatments that do not offer the following:

  • Strings
  • Edges
  • Valance/Bar/Accoutrements
  • Strings
  • Slats and,
  • ANY horizontal surface of any depth as to offer a confident thought to landing on same.

I found the answer at our daughter's house. Simple. Clean. Easy. Roller Blinds. Her home has them hung in such a minimalist manner, that I was totally smitten.

We purchased chocolate brown fabric, light filtering roller blades. One for the dining/kitchen area, and two for the office/entry area. We needed just enough light but provide complete privacy with a simple tug.

The first two weeks Snickers was terrified of the large mass of fabric. He fought us going through the room to get to the stairs to go to bed. He hated going to bed and coming down. Kirby helped put them up. To him, it's just another day in his perfect little world. Butters only wanted the ladder while we put them up. She'd like to know where the ladder went. It belongs to her.

These three particular locations took hundreds of hits, and chews, and bites. They were the worst of our window covering collection. They were worse than those in the bird room. Because these were the blinds Kirby, Snickers, and Butters used to get out attention. That being said, Snickers has just very recently accepted them as nothing to fear and has gone back to all his normal ways. They are irrelevant. I was waiting for this turn to complete our observational experiment. Will Snicker-Doodle-Destroyer find a way to utilize these for any reason?

The answer is no. No on all fronts from all birds. No one is bothering, investigating, or attempting landings on the roller or any other such parrot shenanigans. I proclaim these 100% successful in filling needs and solving window treatment problem. I am thoroughly happy and satisfied. They are clean looking, privacy assuring, and gather neither dust nor parrot to them. We will be ordering five other rollers for the bird room very soon.

I believe.

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