Commercially made aviaries (sometimes called “flights”) are pricey, but you can build one for far less money that serves your birds’ needs and is still designed to please your eye. Building an economical indoor aviary is not hard to do using these basic instructions, and you can alter the design to build one as fancy as you like.
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Things you need
- Framing material, (wood or electrical conduit, depending on the design chosen)
- Panel material, such as ¼-inch to ½-inch hardware cloth or hardware netting
- Screws or machine screws and nuts to assemble the frame
- Screws with wide, flat heads to attach panel material to frame
- 2 small hinges
- Door latch
- Plywood for flooring
- Masonite for flooring
- Branches or dowels to make perches
- Birdbath and fountain
Decide how large your aviary needs to be. You want to allow about 3 to 4 feet of floor space for each pair of birds to be housed in the finch aviary.
Assemble panels by screwing together the panel frames and covering them with hardware cloth or netting. Attach the hardware cloth securely to the frame so no gaps exist to allow finches to escape the enclosure. Use screws with wide, flat heads to attach the hardware cloth to the framing material.
Attach hinges and the door latch to one panel built slightly smaller than the other panels so it can swing open. This will allow you to reach or walk into the aviary to clean and service it.
Assemble a roof panel to close the top of the aviary and attach it by screwing it into the top of the side panels. Assemble a floor by cutting the plywood to the proper size and by mounting Masonite on the top for easy cleaning. Screw the floor into the side panels to complete the aviary.
Install perches by mounting small branches or dowels to the panel edges, or construct a free-standing perch tree if you prefer.
Add a fountain and birdbath to the aviary.
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