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How to Build an Aviary

Aviaries provide protection for your pet birds as well as giving them space in which to fly. Here are some guidelines for building one.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Decide on the size Decide on the size of your aviary. A structure that is 12 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 5 feet tall accommodates 20 parakeets.
  • Step 2: Choose a location Choose a location. Select a place away from noisy streets but visible from your house.
  • Step 3: Cement in four posts Cement four corner posts in the ground. Connect the posts at the top and bottom by 2-by-4 runners.
  • TIP: Prepare a concrete foundation for the aviary if you will be housing birds that can be harmed by parasites in the soil.
  • Step 4: Construct a shelter Construct a shelter at one end of the aviary. Cover it with a sloped roof and place perches inside for the birds to roots on.
  • TIP: The shelter should be large enough to afford protection from the elements, but small enough to leave adequate flight space in the aviary for the birds.
  • Step 5: Install double doors Install double doors at the end of the aviary opposite to the shelter to prevent escapes.
  • Step 6: Add wire cloth to the sides and roof Cover the walls and roof of the aviary with galvanized, welded-wire cloth. Select a wire spacing and gauge that accommodates the birds you are housing.
  • TIP: Cover the wire at the base of the aviary with soil to keep other animals from entering.
  • Step 7: Add finishing touches Add a birdbath, a bird feeder, trays with grit, a mineral block, and a water dispenser. Now you are ready to provide a home for your feathered friends!
  • FACT: In 2007, biologists implanted a satellite transmitter in a bar-tailed godwit bird and tracked it as it flew 7,250 miles in eight days without stopping.

You Will Need

  • Plan for structure size
  • Suitable location
  • Cement
  • 4 corner posts
  • 8 2x4 runners
  • Covered shelter
  • Double doors
  • Wire cloth
  • Birdbath
  • Bird feeder
  • Trays with grit
  • Mineral block
  • Water dispenser
  • Concrete foundation (optional)
  • Soil (optional)

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