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    Outdoor aviaries?

    I know a lot of people here have outdoor aviaries. How did you make them or did you buy them? Now that winter has set in, I want to get working on an outdoor play area for Rosco for next summer. That way, I can put her in that instead of her tiny travel cage when we go outside on a hot summer day.

    Hot Summer Day... I miss those.

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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    welll... first id like to point out that i MA in new zealand and that where i am we dont get snow and yaddy yadda so that im not jumped on for having an aviary.

    but now down to business. my father made my first aviary. it is fairly big, cant remember the details off hand, but its big enough for me to get in and walk around in it.

    my seccond aviary was a bought one, then my father added on a massive flight to it.

    they are not all too hard to make really, just need to plan it.

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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Building an aviary is as limited as your imagination.

    I live in Texas and it gets HOT in the summer. We do get down into the teens in the winter as well. My building does not have a/c, but I have installed a greenhouse exhaust fan to pull the heat off the ceiling of the building.

    In the winter I have a portable oil heater to keep it comfortable.

    For me I started with a portable mettle Morgan Building. I added electricity to it. I insulated it, and covered the wooden panels with melinine (sp?) You will find this in the shower area of Home Depot it's the paneling they put behind a bathtub/shower. It's usually white or white speckled. This will allow you to wash the walls.

    As one walks into my aviary I have 5 flight pens on the left side that open to outdoor fight runs as well. I used frosted bathroom windows as the openings to the fights. I have a simple pulley system where I can stand in front of each flight to open/close the windows without having to enter the area. The white PVC piping on the outdoor flights is a misting system I hook up to the garden hose in the summer. The birds LOVE it and it keeps it a bit cooler in the summer.

    The right wall is my breeding wall where I hang my breeding cages. I have a counter top space along the wall with the door.

    My flight pens are constructed using " x 1" welded wire. To build the frame work for my outdoor flights I used electrical conduit. The corners are tent frame corners, but I had to have those special made so they didn't curve up in an angle. I used PVC pipe to frame the doors between each flight pen on the outside.

    The front porch I had professionally constructed. It is covered in " x 1" welded wire. This has stopped many an escapee including a $1,200 pr of Jardine parrots!

    The ONLY thing I wish I had done differently would be to have sealed the wooden floor before I started any construction. I have to really keep spilled seed swept up because walking on it wears the wooden floor very quickly.



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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Wow, that is amazing. Great job. I bet they just love that.


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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    that looks great. now if only we could see all your gorgeous birds
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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Wow, that is awesome!!!

    I am really only looking for something small. It's basically so that when I take the dogs out I can take her with. We'll be outside for hours on a nice day and she always ends up alone inside or in a tiny travel cage.

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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Quote Originally Posted by javi View Post
    that looks great. now if only we could see all your gorgeous birds
    How about just a few, like.....

    A pr of Crimson-wings


    A male Barraband and some English budgie buddies


    More English Budgies


    Young English Budgies


    My pet pr of fasciata Moustached keets


    one of M-A-N-Y dove babies
    (I've banded 40 chicks this year so far)

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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Oooo.... pretty. I love them!

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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    love those crimsoned wings. gorgeous birds ya have. not to hijack thi thread but do ya happen to breed violet or texas clear wing budgies. they are my fave
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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Kerry- great aviary. But...in the 3rd pic down it looks like there aren't hardly any perches for them to sit on? And not many toys either?

    Well Roxy if you are gonna build an aviary that looks like a good one to model it after!


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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Quote Originally Posted by McDenny View Post
    Kerry- great aviary. But...in the 3rd pic down it looks like there aren't hardly any perches for them to sit on? And not many toys either?
    No I don't keep a toys in the outdoor flight pen to rust in the rain. There are 2 long perches in the outdoor flight - one at either end. The idea is for the birds to get flight exercise, not to hop from perch to perch. English budgies have a panchen for being lazy and getting fat. These flights are designed for exercising. Although each outdoor flight now has a circle type "toy" that hangs in the middle. It took awhile to find enough to put in every flight.

    Each indoor flight has a few swings with bells along with Olympic rings for them to play with/on. Each breeding cage has a nice bundle of bell toys for the cocks to play with while the hens work the nest boxes.

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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    Quote Originally Posted by javi View Post
    love those crimsoned wings. gorgeous birds ya have.
    Thank you - I LOVE the cromson-wings as well! I use to show that guy every year and he was ALWAYS in the top 10. Such a sweet boy for being a parent fed bird. It was pretty funny when were showing, it would get to the point when I put the net in the flight pen he would just walk into the net for me. He had the drill down pat!

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    not to hijack thi thread but do ya happen to breed violet or texas clear wing budgies. they are my fave
    No such mutation as a Texas Clear wing.

    There are Clear wings and there are Texas Clear-bodies. I guess one coule mix the 2 mutations, but why? Part of the beauty of the Texas C-B is in the wing pattern -where the shell markings start out black at the shoulder and go to a soft grey at the wing tips.

    However I guess if one REALLY wanted to mix the Clear-wing into Clear-body they should do so with the Easly Clear-body, it has normal black wing-bar markings. BUT then again WHY? There are soooo very few Easly Clear-bodies they are almost all gone in the U.S.

    To answer your questions.... I use to breed Texas Clear-bodies, but sold too many offspring and have lost the mutation in my breeding program. I'm working on normals right now, I will most likely get back the C-B in the furture.

    I buy a LOT of my outcross stock from Mike R. (the violet man) and Roy M. Both these guys are heavy into the violet mutations. Just about everything that Mike has has violet somewhere in the pedigree. I produce violets and sky violets each year.

    Oh I did produce a violet Texas C-B one year. He was PRETTY! Not good show quality, but he got drug around the county to help make the numbers at other club shows, everyone loved to look at him.

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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    i was thinking clearbody. just typed the wrong thing. i love them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by javi View Post
    i was thinking clearbody. just typed the wrong thing. i love them.
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    Re: Outdoor aviaries?

    What type of wiring did you use, Kerry?

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