Starting my own budgie aviary!
Hi all:) My grandad and I are building an aviary, and I shall be putting budgies in. I just need some advice off the budgie pro's first. I live in the UK, so the weather gets a really cold. The budgies will have appropriate nesting boxes with material to keep them warm. It will also be in a corner, away from wind and we are covering half of the flight roof for shelter. Is this okay? They will have all the obvious things in there; seed, water, fruits, cuttlebone etc, but is there anything else that is mandatory for aviary budgies? Also, can I use safe tree branches in the aviary, if so how to I disinfect them? Many thanks
How exciting. Sound's like you have a good idea of your need's. The tree branches off the safe wood list can be disinfected many different way's. I never have used very large ones so I put all mine in the oven at 250 F for 3 hour's. Larger ones can be soaked in a tub in a bleach/water solution and must be allowed to completely dry out in the sun before being used. There is info on this and other thing's you may find useful over in the do it yourself sub forum, and other area's....:)
We would all enjoy seeing pic's of your project...:)
Are you planning on breeding your budgies? Setting up nest boxes on your new aviary would only encourage your budgies to breed and in a colony environment where there are multiple couples, things can go wrong very fast and have tragic consequences.
The purpose of a nest box is not to keep budgies warm and for them to use to sleep during the night. The only purpose of a nest box for budgies is for them to get into the breeding mood and raise a family and in most cases that's what happens when one is made available to them.
The same goes for the birdie tents and other hiding spots.
With good isolation materials and a nice cover to protect your aviary during the colder Winter months is more than sufficient to cater to your budgies warmth and general comfort.
If you'd like to breed a couple or two in the future, it's always best to put each pair on their own breeding cage so that they have better chances at a successful clutch of chicks being raised on a stress free environment.
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