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    Building an Outdoor Aviary

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    An outdoor aviary can be expensive, so many bird owners looking to save a bit of money opt to build a homemade outdoor aviary. While with a little experience it's relatively easy to build an outdoor aviary, it is a job that needs plenty of thought and thorough attention to detail. Learn more about building appropriate accommodation for aviary birds outside in this guide. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Building Outdoor Bird Aviaries

    Most outdoor aviaries tend to be far more spacious (and interesting in design) than indoor aviaries, as this comparison guide explains. The benefits of an outdoor aviary can be endless - provided you approach the project effectively. Take a methodical approach to the process, as a poorly designed outdoor aviary could put the health of your birds in danger, both from predators and in terms of sanitary conditions.

    The design of the outdoor aviary should encourage an adequate amount of sunlight yet ensure the birds are sheltered from changeable weather conditions. Perhaps the most difficult decision you'll have to make will be over the size of the aviary. Generally, it's best to build the largest aviary possible, but if space is an issue, ensure the aviary is at least six times the size of the bird's body.

    Consider easy cleaning - poor sanitary conditions could scupper the health of the flock, so you'll need to be able to access all areas of the aviary for regular cleaning. Therefore try and opt for an open plan design, with a couple of nesting areas spread through the aviary. Aviary birds will appreciate plenty of space and light.

    Start with the floor. Some bird owners will opt for a simple concrete floor to provide foundations for the cage; others like to opt for a more natural nesting environment with gravel, sand or wood shavings. Once the base is in place, start work on the frame. The design of the aviary frame can be as ambitious as you want; inexperienced builders may wish to keep things simple with a rectangular or square frame.

    Next, it's time to focus on the wiring. The choice you make over the wire is extremely important, as some bird beeds have stronger beaks that may be put to the test against the wire. Therefore, ensure the wire is durable and has as few gaps as possible to avoid any weaknesses occurring in the wire structure.

    Finally, focus on the roof. This is where you can start to contemplate the issue of shelter. Generally, the middle section of the outdoor aviary should be open to allow birds to make the most of the fresh air and sunlight, while the top of the aviary should be enclosed to provide adequate protection and shelter against the elements. Therefore, the roof should be sloping and made from either hardwood, Plexiglass or corrogated sheets. You can find aviary supplies on our website.

    Does all that building seem too much like hard work? Find an outdoor aviary for sale on Bird Trader.

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