I'm considering building an indoor aviary about 6' x 4' x 2'. The tricky part seems to be finding 1/2" stainless steel mesh. The "bird netting" or mesh I see online is for protecting orchards and berry bushes or else it's really galvanized hardware cloth. Right size, wrong metal. The non metal mesh looks flimsy.
Any ideas or experience to share in building an aviary? Would love to hear them!
Purely out of curiosity, is there any particular reason you want to build an indoor aviary rather than using large flight cages?
I have two F050 Prevue Hendryx Flight Cages for my 6 budgies.
The budgies' cages are kept in a bird safe room and are left open all day.
The birds can enjoy out of cage time throughout the entire room or choose to go in and out of both cages as they please.
There are play gyms, "patios" and perches on the outsides of the cages as well.
At night, they go into their cages to sleep and I cover the cages - top, 3 sides and 1/3 of the way down the front.
The room has a night light to prevent night frights.
I have a very similar set up in a different bird safe room for my two lovebirds.
They have two F040 Flight cages in their room and also have the run of the room with play gyms, patios and outdoor perching areas.
The lovebirds are also are put in the cages and covered at night as described in the budgie explanation above.
How many birds do you have? Another option might be the cage in this link https://www.birdcagesnow.com/product...plex-bird-cage, you can find it on numerous sites to compare prices. There is a divider in the middle that can be removed to use the entire width as one, also the cages do come off of the stand if you wanted a different arrangement.
Couple of reasons... Currently I have a 30"x18"x18" flight cage and just got an F040. The F050 is 7" wider. I want the bird space to be two times wider than high. When my Tino zooms around the room he seldom varies altitude more than foot. These big cages are too low to the ground with too much dead space at the bottom. I have the smaller cage on a 3' high cart now. It is so much easier to clean that high off the floor. I have arthritis and am not getting more flexible. I also want a cage with big, at least 2' wide fold flat doors so I can clean, rearrange toys, perches more easily. The wheels on the F040 are really chintzy. Larger wheels roll easier. I am not breeding birds so don't need four spring loaded little doors on the sides. I'd like the tray a little wider than the sidewalls so there is no poo on the tray edges. Gonna have to think on how to design side by side trays for a wide space. Plus if I can build it, I can easily take it apart to move to a new house. So yes... I am a terrible fuss budget about design.
Your setup sounds awesome! Right now I'm in a smaller apartment while the rest of the house is remodeled. I don't have the option of a dedicated bird room right now so free time all day long is not possible. At some point I hope to travel again and will be needing a pet sitter at times. So I'd like to provide a big, easy to maintain space. It would be so easy to build. The mesh and stainless steel bolts would be the biggest cost. I think it would be best atleast 6' long, around 20" deep so I can use the 18" plain newsprint I now cut to fit the tray exactly, and 3' tall on a stand about 2 1/2' off the floor with shelves. I'd like a flock of about 6. Being able to add a divider like that very nice duplex cage in the link would be great.
The Amazon link for that mesh is perfect. Thanks! I had been googling it but didn't hit this particular page.
I bought the bigger cage because I'm rescuing 3 more birds. They found a house in Baltimore that had 142 parakeets living in the basement (not a typo). The shelter will only adopt as pairs or more since these birds have never been solos. In reading about flocks the general opinion was even numbers is better. I'm going to be taming these three with the most promising one becoming Tino's first buddy after their quarantine. Then we'll see if everybody can get along. I'm a little worried about 3 birds who are already buddies giving my single guy a hard time. Likewise my little king of his own universe may be a little bully. So they may live in pairs awhile. And I haven't figured out yet how I will let them "meet on neutral ground" with these three not being hand tamed. Gonna need some luck!!
It's just been so enjoyable to have a pet again after so many years traveling full time with work. I never knew birds were so dang interesting.
I'm glad the link for the mesh was helpful.
I'm sorry I don't have any great DIY plans that would help with the construction of your indoor aviary.
Would love to see your finished product when you've completed it!
I would love post a pic of my finished project. There are some useful YouTube posts on aviaries but the missing part was that 1/2" stainless steel mesh that is sold in less than industrial sized rolls. I'm lucky to have "free" family builder help!