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Old 05-15-2015, 12:33 PM
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Hi, new here and to Budgies as well. We just got our first Budgie last week (named Budgie by my daughter...I know... ). We currently live in an apartment, and I've been trying to find an easy and removable aviary to give our Budgie more room during play time without having to dedicate a large space to do so.

Currently I'm thinking of using PVC pipe to make the frame and this BirdBlock Protective Mesh Covering around it to form the walls. The intent is to be able to be able to pull the PVC apart and roll up the walls when not in use. No plan either to use it more than just for supervised play time during the day. I'm also planning on using plywood for the top and bottom to keep it safe and secure for our Budgie.

Any thoughts on this idea?

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Would it be possible to "bird-proof" a room where you could let your budgie out for supervised play-time without having to have her confined in an indoor play-area?

Obviously, I don't know the lay-out of your apartment or if you have other animals so that may not be an option.
I have two of my budgies' flight cage in my living room. When I give them out-of-cage time I simply open their cage door. They have a play area on the top of their flight cage as well as two "patios" on the outer sides of the cage with swings and toys hanging from them.
They like to fly around the room but spend the majority of their out-of-cage time on their patios or the cage-top play area (unless they are sitting on my head, shoulder, arm or laptop.

Anyway, back to your question.
If having Budgie out for play-time without being in a confined area then I think your plan sounds viable. How will the top and bottom plywood fit with the PVC -- have you figured that out yet?
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To attach the plywood to the PVC piping I was planning on using a hole saw bit to fit the PVC into the corners of the plywood. For the top I plan on doing the same, but drilling holes through the PVC and using dowels as stops to keep the top from lowering down too far.

I'll get this a try tomorrow and take pictures as I go and post them.
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You would have to be careful what size hole it came in...I know fruit growers use it over here...I could only find it with 5/8 " holes...I feel they may put their heads through that...I should really see your construction of the aviary, before mentioning my misgivings
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Yeah unfortunately the smallest I am finding it is either 5/8 in or 3/4 in.
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IF you are going to be in the room supervising Budgie every minute that she's in the "temporary" aviary then you could probably risk using the 5/8" but I wouldn't recommend leaving her unattended as she could easily get trapped in holes that large.
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I agree with the comments. The holes seem a bit large. And, like FaeryBee suggested, maybe simply try bird-proofing a room?

Here are a few links to help bird proofing a room or house:

Bird Proofing Your Home
How to "Bird-Proof" a Room - Bird-proofing a Room
Bird Proof Your Home: How to Eliminate Household Hazards for Your Bird
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Unfortunately it would be very hard to bird proof a room, we're a bit crowded as it is at the moment.

Right now the project is on hold. The netting after getting it is not suitable and I fear it will lead to injury. I'm researching another option at the moment.
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Alright back in action tomorrow! Found some plastic hardware cloth! Tomorrow is build time!
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OK, but they can't chew through it ? ...our two aren't chewers, but some can be...
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