Davie, FL 33324
Build Parrot Bird Aviary
Building an aviary for your birds trully is one of the best things you can do for them. Here are some benefits
We use flat roof for easy expansions. It is best to build your aviary at least 7' tall. We did build some at 6' tall. The results are our birds don't have much high to fly and the aviary appears to be very tight and crowded.
Legal Law - Comply with your local regulations
We know a friend built his big aviary that house many noisy birds like amazon parrots. His neighbors complainted and his city forced my friend to take the aviary down. It costed him thousand of dollars.
Keep in mind that Hurricanes, tornados, flood, wildfire can be a huge impact on you and your birds
New Planning Aviary Options
Building interconnection aviaries is highly recommended. A largest aviary in a middle just like a big lake and small aviaries are around it. This design allows to switch birds to the largest one and exchange birds around.
There are many roof types from flat to high roofs: high peak roofs with reinforcements are best for windy, snowy weather regions. Creative Shelters have best examples and photos.
Disadvantages for having an aviary
Bird thefts are one of the most concerns we have.
Noisy birds can upset your neighbors
Bird food and wastes that mean more insects like ants, flies to wildlife like racoons, hawks, cats, possums & wild birds
May only house during warm months in cold regions
Materials to use : Metal, tube pole or wood
Metals can be rusted and may be harmful for birds. Wood can be decayed and mold with time. However, metal fence posts commonly use in zoos and private aviay
Getting the right metal fittings for your aviary is important. 1 5/8" or bigger diameter are recommended. Peak roofs and reinforced fittings are best for windy, snowy regions. Creative Shelters have best examples and photos.
Plan small aviary first
then you can expand as you please with a result.
Wire cutters: we use electric shear which can cut up to 14 G
Clipper : hand tool and hog ring
Aviation Snip: to remove bad hog ring or cut sharp wire
Materials: Galvanized After wire (GAW) means stronger, safe and last longer for birds. 16 G is ok for african grey to small parrots. Small G is sturdier - like 14 G or smaller are best for cockatoos and macaws.
Wiremesh - we use 1/2"x1", 16 G. Brandname: Riverdale - Made in USA
Instruders out: .5"x1" wiremesh keeps rats, snakes out as well as raccoon, hawls that can kill your birds
Where to buy
We bought them from http://www.klubertanz.com/
we bought Wematic hand tool 3/8" each and Hog rings Stainless steel 3/8" strip blunt 10000/box 16 gauge
Extra wires around the aviary so animals can not get to your bird also cement solid ground - no animal can dig in.
Use a Post Hole Digger to dig a 2 feet deep hole
then place 1 5/8" metal post line ( from Home Depot ...) then cement them. When you finish the frame, then you should wait for next day for it to settle before covering it with wiremesh.
Please note - you should use 5 feet of 1 5/8" pole for the roof, that way it will short span and stronger
Clean out all parrot bird wastes are the best way to control insect and diseases. However, Some people keep chickens or quails to clean up there aviary mess.
Cons: Quails or chickens can cause problems in an aviary themselves. They are stinky and messy. Their feathers can be everywhere. If you decide to keep them, use afew first. Quails also are very territorial so aggressive to other quails. They even kill each other if not enough space.
Pros: They eat insects and clean bird mess
Plants provide safe areas for birds to hide and even chew on them
We use safe plants like small clump bamboos, mulberry, banana, citrus and veggies kind of plants. We have planted them right around a metal pole so a plant can grow around it and our birds have safer flight.
If you live up north with a cold winter, bamboo, mulberry and cold banana plants are perfect for your aviary.
We choose metal fittings to build our aviary - the same fittings for canopy tents. We use stronger fittings 1 5/8" with line post from Home Depot or Lowes's to build frame structures. Line posts do come in different sizes 5'.6", 7' and 8' so they are perfect because we don't have to cut. We use 8' for post and shorter poles for frame roof.
Metal fittings may not totally safe for your birds so use with caucious. You can paint them with safe paints to prevent rusts. We used to make wooden frames for our aviary but our birds can chew through and mold will grow here in South Florida wet season. Metal frames iliminate those problems.
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