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DIY Bird Cage

Doves4Life

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So I was looking at building a cage for some doves I’m looking to get and need some help to make sure it’s the safest it could be for ring neck doves. I know that if I’m going to use wiring you need to use stainless steal, so my question is do you know anywhere I can get this because on the Lowe’s website I can’t find anything or is there another safe alternative I could use. Also if I wanted a plexiglass front would this be safe for them? Thanks in advance for the help
 

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What size of cage are we talking about? Is this cage inside or outside? What is the structure made of?

From experience you won't want to use plexiglas. It won't take long and only a few cleanings before that plexiglas scratches and isn't very clear anymore. For that type of thing you need to go with real glass. Walls of glass are always a danger because they can't be seen unless they are disguised with something visual (fake bars. decals). Even if the bird is familiar with the environment it's still a danger. In a moment of panic/flight the bird will hit it.
 

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Mines going to be indoors and it’s going to be pretty large so if glass isn’t the best what type of wire did you use because I saw that stainless steel is the only way to go and was wondering if this is true and where to buy the wire mesh
 

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We bought all our aviary wire mesh from Selco, the building supplies store, do you have any of them around? It was the best place for us, it was sold as aviary mesh came in a reasonable sized roll and was surprisingly cheap compared to other places and online!

As for the plexiglass, I wouldn't as you have a risk of them injuring themselves if they get stressed and bash into it. Best stick with just the mesh in my opinion.

Hope this helps
 

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to keep them in possibly yes but to keep predators out no they will rip that within hours esp hawks
The cage is going to be inside and I just don’t want them to get their heads stuck in anything...I’ve heard horror stories of bird in general being kept in wire mesh a little too big and birds get their heads stuck and panic which would not be good. They are only going to be spending nites and while I’m not home in the cage.
 

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THe answer then is to get finer wire mesh.

Personally I wouldn't use netting - too much risk that a bird could somehow get tangled up in it and it doesn't look like something that will last long without fraying, stretching etc.
 
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