Many pet birds live out their lives in simple birdcages. However, if you have the time and resources, building a home aviary can improve the quality of your pet's life, and allow it to exercise more. Building an aviary is often more cost-effective than purchasing one, and you can build it to suit your room layout and exact specifications.
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Things you need
- Galvanised wire mesh
- Wood or PVC pipe
- Non-toxic hardwood branches
- Tray for the floor
- Water and food dishes
- Swings and toys (optional)
Decide on the size of your aviary. You can make an enclosure a few feet in length, or create a room-sized aviary for larger birds. Research the particular needs of your breed of bird, and purchase your supplies accordingly.
Build the PVC or wooden frame to the dimensions desired, building slightly off the ground for the slide-out tray. Stretch the mesh netting to enclose the frame and attach with nails or screws, depending on what the material takes.
Build a door. The size and construction will depend on the size of the aviary and the type of bird. Installing the door lower to the ground is safer, since birds fly up when startled.
Add the branches to the aviary. You can hang them from the aviary ceiling, or prop them on the ground. Since untreated wood cannot be sterilised properly, be prepared to remove the branches to prevent illness when they get too soiled.
Sterilise all other objects that will be included in the aviary. Add food and water dishes and hang swings and toys as desired. Slide the tray underneath the aviary to catch waste and remove when full for easy cleaning.
Tips and warnings
- Don't use redwood, cedar or pressed wood chips in your aviary. They are toxic to birds. Check with a vet or pet store employee if you're unsure about the safety of a material.
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