Aviary building materials
Hello everyone! So I am moving into a brand new house and have decided that I am going to build an indoor aviary for my budgies. I am using wire cage mesh that is galvanized after welding which I have heard is much safer, and I also plan on using untreated pine wood. I am just curious to know if anyone else has done this before and if I still need to weather and vinegar wash the wire even though it's GAW. If anyone has any information on how long to weather wire and how to vinegar wash it that would be greatly appreciated, any extra info on wood types or aviary ideas would also be great:)
We considered building a large flight cage, but did extensive reading on the matter and didn't want to go through the hassle of washing the 'chicken wire' or similar to remove the galvanizing. As far as I know, all galvanizing is poisonous to birds.
You must be extremely careful because Galvanized metal is steel that is coated with zinc.
Heavy metal poisoning very dangerous for budgies.
Heavy Metal Poisoning - Barrie's Budgerigar's
This is a quote from the article in the above link:
"Prevention - can I do it? Preventing your pet from getting access to anything containing lead is difficult but not impossible. Probably restricting his/her area is the best bet. Have an area that you know has no lead in it is the best bet. Keeping them out of garages and storage sheds is a must.Here are a couple of links that may be helpful for you:
If I was able to find stainless steel or nickel plated wire mesh I would get that, the price of the actual mesh is not a big concern. But unfortunately no where near me sells anything like that and all the shipping costs for it online are ridiculous. I've been trying to find alternate options but at this point I'm not sure if im even going to be able to build the aviary at this point unless I can figure something safe out.
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