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    How to Build an Outdoor Bird Cage

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    An outdoor bird cage is an excellent way to give your pet bird more room and some fresh air that he would otherwise be denied with a regular bird cage. You can make an outdoor bird cage as large as you want and a bird cage of this size makes it possible to house several birds at once. Read on to find out more about building your pet bird’s cage outside. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Building Bird Cages Outside

    • The first thing you will want to do is design the outdoor bird cage carefully. Plan the size and the layout of the bird’s cage carefully and this will change depending on how many birds you want to keep in the outdoor bird cage. Bird cages that are 8ft long, 4ft wide and 8ft high will comfortably house two large parrots.
    • Once you have designed and are happy with the outdoor bird cage it is time to start building. The pet bird’s cage should be visible from the house but far away from any busy roads. Begin by laying a concrete foundation the size of outdoor bird cage. You may want to leave some holes for planting shrubs/trees etc.
    • Once this has set you can begin construction, you could either use metal poles or metal covered wood poles to make a frame from the ground. It is now time to put the mesh around the outdoor bird cage. What mesh you use will depend on the size of the pet birds, large macaws or cockatoos will need strong mesh that has fairly large spacing while budgies will need a spacing of no larger than ½”. Remember to leave space for the door.
    • The door can be made out of a separate frame with mesh or you could use an old shower door which can prove very effective. Double doors are a good idea to prevent escape from the pet bird’s cage when the one door is open.
    • An outdoor bird cage will need shelter from the elements. This can be done by making simple walls and a roof at one end to protect from wind or rain or you could consider building your outdoor bird cage on the side of an old shed or hut for more comprehensive bird cage protection. This also provides another barrier for predators.
    • When it comes to furnishing the outdoor bird cage, cover the concrete with sand or wood chips to create a natural environment and plant small shrubs or trees in the ground. You can use tree branches to make perches suspended from top of the bird cages and you can bolt feeders and waterers to the side. There are lots of bird accessories for sale that you can furnish your outdoor bird cage with, you could even consider making your own jungle gym or climbing rope.
    • You could consider planting trees that provide fruits (such as grapes) at certain times of the year to give your pet bird’s cage extra enrichment and enjoyment.
    • You will need to be mindful of predators and thieves so bury the mesh at least 12” below ground level to prevent a fox digging in and you can add pad locks or even alarms to ward off thieves. Some parrots can be extremely expensive to buy so bird cages need to provide adequate protection.
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