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Old 02-19-2014, 08:38 AM
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So I thought I'd show you a few pictures (again ) on how I protect my aviary from the wind/rain!

The Aviary opened up - Yesterday (before I added more things inside)
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The Aviary open - Today with more things added in!
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Note: I still haven't finished the outside, I'm boarding the 2 sides up, if anyone remembers last summer when the bird of prey attacked the aviary, well it was from the side and the top mainly, so the top is now okay, just the two sides left, the plastic on them is just temporary.

The Aviary all battened down!
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Now how I make sure the plastic doesn't blow up in the wind... I had some spare wood from building, so I stapled it to the bottom of the plastic sheeting, and added 2 hooks from an old ladder I used in the cage when I had them inside ( recycling is the answer! ) and I hook them onto a paper clip which is attached to the bottom of the aviary, and surprisingly it holds it really well!

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I'll replace the paper-clips every so often though and I do remove them when I let the birds out so they don't hurt themselves on them!

Yesterday I also bought these:
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I've never seen them before, but I can't STAND egg so I never give it to my birds really, so I decided to buy them and see if the budgies would eat them.

And finally, a few quick photos I took of the birds today!

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Old 02-19-2014, 09:28 AM
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great James looks safe and secure, and with the weather you have had over there lately it sure got a test I reckon.
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great James looks safe and secure, and with the weather you have had over there lately it sure got a test I reckon.
Thanks Cathy! I know the weather is finally starting to look up now though!
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I see they are very well protected from the bad weather!
I'm familiar with those egg based treat sticks, my flock loves them, especially the lovebirds. If you don't like eggs in general, you can still buy egg food from the pet store. It's an important part of their diet, helping them to endure moults better by giving them a much needed boost in energy. And it's also vital when it comes to breeding and raising their young.
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That looks brilliant Bushy! Ingenious paper clip usage, by the way lol

What BOP attacked the aviary?

We had a sparrow hawk outside the house last winter, picking pigeons out of the sky. Very cool to watch but rather alarming all the same. There are a lot of owl around me too - I frequently hear them calling to each other. In the early summer when the babies are out I usually fall asleep to their cries. Makes me glad I'm not a little bird outside tho!
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I see they are very well protected from the bad weather!
I'm familiar with those egg based treat sticks, my flock loves them, especially the lovebirds. If you don't like eggs in general, you can still buy egg food from the pet store. It's an important part of their diet, helping them to endure moults better by giving them a much needed boost in energy. And it's also vital when it comes to breeding and raising their young.
I'm going to another local pet store tomorrow, so I'll pick some up if I see any, the reason I'm giving it to them now is because it's heading for Spring (finally) and I'll start breeding in late Spring to early Summer, so I want them to be used to it. Do I just mix it in with normal seed? And should I offer it all year round from now on? Thanks!

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That looks brilliant Bushy! Ingenious paper clip usage, by the way lol

What BOP attacked the aviary?

We had a sparrow hawk outside the house last winter, picking pigeons out of the sky. Very cool to watch but rather alarming all the same. There are a lot of owl around me too - I frequently hear them calling to each other. In the early summer when the babies are out I usually fall asleep to their cries. Makes me glad I'm not a little bird outside tho!
We never found out exactly, but it was either a hawk or kestrel.
My house is surrounded by a nature reserve and we have so many different BOP in the area, about 3 species of owl, hawks, kestrels and buzzards.
Here's the actual thread explaining what happened.
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Love your aviary design.i I want something like this for my next aviary. Good to see that your birds are well protected too. Such a simple solution

My birds don't get very excited by the stick treats so I hope you have better luck. They do like egg & biscuit mix with their veggies though. The mix looks like breadcrumbs and you wouldn't even know it has egg in it. Really simple to prepare and a great for when I am being too lazy to make my own.
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My birds don't get very excited by the stick treats so I hope you have better luck. They do like egg & biscuit mix with their veggies though. The mix looks like breadcrumbs and you wouldn't even know it has egg in it. Really simple to prepare and a great for when I am being too lazy to make my own.

Thank's for checking it out!, So do you just add it in to their daily feed?..
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Blimey Bushy!!! That is really mental! I have never ever heard of a BOP doing that before. It most likely wasn't a kestrel tho. I have a friend who hunts with BOP - I've flown one myself - and they are crazy scary cool up close.

I'd have had to change my knickers after an experience like that!
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Blimey Bushy!!! That is really mental! I have never ever heard of a BOP doing that before. It most likely wasn't a kestrel tho. I have a friend who hunts with BOP - I've flown one myself - and they are crazy scary cool up close.

I'd have had to change my knickers after an experience like that!
I've heard it's quite common sadly . Re-reading that thread though omg, It sounds like I was writing a story it's so dramatic haha! It's all true though.

I've also flown a few birds of prey, we do it in college... my favourite is the Milky Eagle owl, I'll attach some pictures below... please excuse my face
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