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    Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    I'm going to be moving soon and my dad and I are going to be building a small indoor aviary for my two untamed budgies, and he told me that he's seen this plastic mesh stuff, basically like chicken wire but plastic instead of metal, and I'm wondering if it's bird safe or if anyone else has used it for aviaries/cages they've built? I think if it's bird safe it'll be easier to use that than to try and find a suitable metal mesh with proper spacing and a bird-safe coating and whatnot.

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    Re: Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    I built and indoor aviary in my old home. It was to big to move to the new home though, urghh.
    I used wire mesh. I would only suggest this plastic mesh for softbills like canaries or something and even then I would check to see if it has an odor to it as many plastics do. If it does I would not bother. Also what is the opening size?

    Do you have a picture of this plastic mesh your dad is talking about?

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    Re: Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    Unfortunately I don't, I don't even know what brand it is or where he saw it, but I'm assuming it's available in different spacing sizes.

    I assumed that since it'll be pretty large that they won't be climbing around on the sides too much, I've never seen my beebs chew on the side of their cage but I don't know if they'd want to chew the sides of an aviary if they were plastic.

    Also this is off topic but do you have videos of Ruby talking on youtube? I saw videos one time of an AG named Ruby talking up a storm, they were so cute.

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    Re: Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    LOL, no that is not my Ruby. I imagine your talking about the swearing parrot named Ruby. I have had several people ask me that. Ruby talks a lot but nope that is not her.

    As for the plastic maybe your Dad can get a small piece so you can see what you budgies would do with it. Place it on the outside of there cage and see if they attempt to chew it?? It is really hard to say without seeing it or knowing what type of plastice etc., it is.
    Good luck, maybe someone else will come along who is more familiar with plastic mesh.

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    Re: Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    I honestly wouldn't trust plastic, Whatever type of birds you have, they will no doubt find an escape route.
    Budgies are really big chewers, and can chew through plastic like paper. Give them a few hours and they'll have got out.
    I've never seen my beebs chew on the side of their cage but I don't know if they'd want to chew the sides of an aviary if they were plastic.
    Just because they haven't, as yet, there's always a chance they might.
    I personally wouldn't like to risk it.
    Perhaps buy some twilweld wire, it's relatively cheap and what many breeders use for their aviaries here in the UK.

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    Re: Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    I know budgies can be chewers. If it is a hard plastic they may not be able to chew on it. If they do chew on it and ingest it, it might poison them.

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    Re: Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    IMO, don't go plastic. Skittles chewed through the mesh plastic "window" on her soft carrier a few weeks ago. And flew to the back of my car in a panic - WHILE i had my windows down ON THE HIGHWAY.

    I know budgies aren't known to be chewers, but there's always the risk of a small enough hole, and your bugs get out

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    Re: Plastic mesh for an aviary?

    OMG Lauren I would have totally freaked. I assume everything turned out ok and you were able to get the windows up etc.,

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