Rollerblading along the road
Wow! Absolutely stunning. Not only is the aviary awesome but seeing the process with your step by step narration and accompanying pics was phenomenal!
Not really. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I don't plan on using any herbicides or pesticides for obvious reasons. Although there are a few treatments which are safe to use around birds, like diatomaceous earth to kill small insects.What about plant diseases? Any worries?
Omg the first photo is so pretty!!!!**Aviary Update**
Time for some happy bird pictures.
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I also have some exciting news to report. Over a month ago, I was contacted by a lady who was looking to rehome her three parakeets. She had read about my aviary build on social media and felt they would be happier joining my birds. The new parakeets passed through quarantine with a clean bill of health and are now ready to be introduced to the aviary inhabitants.
First, I moved their temporary cage in to the aviary and monitored how the other birds reacted to the new arrivals. Everyone was fascinated by this strange new toy filled with birds.
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I left them in the cage for one full day to adjust to aviary conditions. The next day, I let them free and watched them closely to make sure that no one bothered them. They integrated with the existing parakeet flock without any trouble.
The three new birds are all girls. This is June. She is a little shy, but very acrobatic.
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The yellow bird on the branch is Goldie. She is quite hand-tame and very sweet.
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And this green lady is Johnny Girl. She is an excellent flier and spends a lot of time hanging out with Kiwi and Cucumber.
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The new birds have settled in nicely and I couldn't be happier.
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I also added a new feature - sisal rope perches to help assist the clipped birds to reach more branches. The fully-fighted birds also seem to appreciate having new options.
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I love Jasper!!! But they're all really beautiful!The yellow-backed finch is Jasper. He is my friendliest finch and I am trying to get him hand-tame. He is such a cutie. Look at him posing for the camera.
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The silver-backed finch is Sterling. Jasper and Sterling spend a lot of time together and also like to build nests together. They are both boys, unless the breeder made a mistake. It is kind of hard to tell with silvers.
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This is Blaze. He is a green backed Gouldian finch with an orange head and white breast.
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And this is his partner in crime, Crimson. Such a proud and pretty boy.
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I love the bright colors and equally bright personalities of my little finches. They are beautiful and fun.
In the wild, Lady Gouldian finches are commonly seen with three different possible head colors - red, black, or yellow (orange). They were originally believed to be completely different species of finch before it was determined that the different head colors were natural color variations within the species.
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Female coloring is more muted than male coloring, but still quite striking. The bird on the left is male and the bird on the right is female. All my finches are male.
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In captivity, different color mutations have been developed that affect the color of the bird's back - yellow, silver, and blue finches. Breast color can also vary from purple, lilac, or white. I don't have any black-headed or blue-backed finches, but I really want one. They are gorgeous.
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Some day ...
In four years I have never had a problemone thing though.. are you not worried the keets will demolish all the wooden paneling? And then escape?
I'm not too worried about it, but I am monitoring the situation. A dozen hormonal budgie hens can do quite a bit of chewing. So far, they have mostly directed their efforts at the various chew toys and boxes I've set out for them, but they obviously don't just stop at chewing what they are SUPPOSED to chew. They are parrots, after all.one thing though.. are you not worried the keets will demolish all the wooden paneling? And then escape?
I live in a mild temperate climate, so it does get cold in the winter, but it rarely snows or stays below freezing for too long, even in the dead of winter. If you know plant hardiness zones, I'm in zone 8b, with average lows around 15 to 20 F.
This is all really impressive! Did you build it all by yourself? I would love to do the same in future if I ever own a property I know nothing about woodworking though.I live in a mild temperate climate, so it does get cold in the winter, but it rarely snows or stays below freezing for too long, even in the dead of winter. If you know plant hardiness zones, I'm in zone 8b, with average lows around 15 to 20 F.
I plan on providing supplemental heating in a couple of ways and completely sheltering the birds from wind and rain. I'm pretty confident that the parakeets and quail will be fine, but I do worry about the finches, since they can be more sensitive to cold temperatures and are generally more fragile. At this point, I intend to watch them closely and move the birds inside if they show signs of distress or if the weather takes a bad turn.
On the other side of the temperature scale, we have been having an unusually hot summer so far, with multiple days in the upper eighties and nineties this week, but I think my cooling measures are doing a decent job keeping the birds comfortable. It helps that one side of the aviary is shaded for most of the day, so there is a noticeable temperature gradient as you move from one side to the other. The more shaded side stays pretty comfortable, even at mid day.
I also decided to open up the extension to let the birds have somewhere even cooler to explore, if they wanted.
When I converted the greenhouse, I removed a large ventilation fan from the back wall. Rather than simply blocking the hole, I decided to use it as a passageway. On the back wall of the aviary, I added this structure.
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It is a an outdoor aviary/cat enclosure kit that I got of Amazon, because woodworking is hard. I was worried about predators and/or my own dogs busting through the cheap wire, so I bulked it up with some sturdy wood siding.
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Then I added food, water, perches and toys for the birds.
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This side of the aviary is completely shaded by a large fir tree and it gets a nice cross-breeze, so it stays noticably cooler than the main aviary. I've seen a few of the birds poke their heads inside to check it out, but I haven't managed to catch them on camera. Overall, they seem to prefer the main aviary, probably because it is bigger and full of birds. But .. hey .. at least they have options!
As a bonus, the opening in the wall allows a nice breeze into the main aviary which is quite pleasant in the heat. When the cold weather comes, I plan to cover the hole to block off the draft. I kept the hole cover for the first couple weeks after releasing the birds, because I didn't want any of my flight-challenged birds to get lost or trapped in the smaller section by mistake. At this point, I think everyone is able to navigate the aviary well enough that shouldn't be a problem.
Here you can see the covered hole. Notice the "landing pad" in front of the board. I need to take a picture of it after I opened it up.
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And here it is from the other side with a matching landing pad/cat platform.
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The entire extension is 4'x6'x6' which sounded really big when I bought it online, but ended up feeling pretty tiny in comparison to the main aviary.