I have recently ordered an outdoor aviary that I would like to move my (now total 2) budgies to. Currently they are indoors, and have their own bedroom that they free fly in, but unfortunately I need to take repossession of the spare room.
They are not hand tame and enjoy their flight time, so I am sure they will enjoy being in an aviary, and I can get some another few budgies so they can be part of a larger flock.
My concern is about how to transition them from being indoors to outdoors. I was looking for advice from anyone who may have done this before?
It will be a few weeks until the aviary arrives and is set up, so in the meantime I thought the first steps would be to start putting them outside for a few hours at a time during the day to get them used to it.
BTW I am in Australia, so it is currently in the middle of summer here. So they will have time to gradually acclimatise to the lower temperatures in winter. It can get cold where I live, but no snow or ice.
Transitioning your budgies to the outdoor aviary is a fairly simply process. After making sure it looks perfect and is nicely filled with accessories and food you can move them in. Not sure how hot it is where you are, but that would be my main concern.
When I transitioned mine, they intially moved in during the day and out at night. This was spring so evenings were still a bit cool. You might want to consider moving them back inside around midday and back out in the early evening. Or possibly set a sprinkler on a timer so they get a nice midday shower to help keep them cool. Otherwise the move should be pretty uneventful. Especially as they are already used to have a large space to fly around in.
Only other thing, make sure lots of food is around. The new environment may see them stick to high up places until they get used to it.
Hope that helps.
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At the moment you are a good 10 degrees cooler than we are so excessive heat should not be a problem unless you have them in air conditioning in the house. At the moment here it is in the mid to high 30's. I would not move them out any later than about the middle of March, that should give them time to acclimatize. That is unless it gets cold very quickly for an extended period this year. When I hand raise birds over the summer months and want to put them out into an aviary I have them where there is no cooling so that they are more used to the hot temperatures and then they have plenty of time to get used to the winter months. If I get a bird in over the late autumn through winter I wait until at least the 2nd or 3rd week in September before moving them outside as we usually get a cold snap about the second week in Sept. This gives them time to get used to the hot weather for summer.
Also make sure there is no possible way for cats, snakes and predator birds to get into the cage. I have lost two budgies to hawks landing on the wire and injuring the budgies. You can also get rats and mice being a problem.