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Tulip 07-12-2015 10:39 PM

How to properly/safely house budgies outdoors?
So it looks like I'm not going to be able to really start my breeding program up again until next June when my boyfriend and I get a place together, as my dad no longer wants my birds in the house :/. My next option is to keep them outside (he wants them out by Monday, so I'm planning on keeping them outside until I can/unless I can find someone to hold onto them for me until I move out). I don't have the time or money to build a whole aviary right now, plus it would be pointless considering I'll be living in an apartment in about 11 months anyway.

So I'll be keeping them in their medium-large cage outside. So far I've put down one of the soundproofing mats I had in my room on the ground and two overturned plastic storage containers to set the cage on. I was looking at getting some Phishers Pet Screen to protect them from insects and predators (don't generally see too many animals in my neighborhood, but there's the occasional cat or dog that gets loose. But there are hawks that live in the trees across the street from my backyard), but I'm not sure how I would set it up/connect the pieces together/allow for a "door" for me to get in to take care of the birds. Their cage is about 25" L x 20" D x 32" H, and I really need to spend as little as possible. Is this a good plan? Is there anything else I should be doing to make sure they're safe out there? I was planning on providing them with cool water daily and covering a portion of their cage with a damp towel so that they can keep cool in the heat here.

Budget baby 07-12-2015 10:51 PM

I am sorry your budgies have to be moved. It is not an ideal situation to say the least.
The cage will need to be safely secured as hawks do and have killed budgies . I have had this happen. They are very strong and can pull a cage over easily. Or get a budgie through the bars.
Your cage needs to be away from drafts or not be out in the open all the time, as it is hot now they will need shade and will feel the heat as they are used to being inside.
Placing the cage on top of crates is not suitable as it is too easily attacked, can you place them with a friend till you are more organised perhaps? Please think the situation through and do the best you can regarding their safety.

FaeryBee 07-12-2015 10:52 PM

May I ask why your father is determined the budgies be out of the house by Monday?

Keeping them outdoors the cage you've described is really not a good option.

There are too many things that may happen -- a cat or dog could knock the cage over, the budgies may become overheated, etc.

Will your father allow you to keep the cage in your room or in a separate room in the house he doesn't use?
If not, could your boyfriend possibly keep the birds at his place until you move in together?

Tulip 07-12-2015 11:07 PM

Their cage is in my room. He just doesn't want them in the house at all. My boyfriend can't take them because he has cats and his sister is scary (anger management and control issues). I am trying to find someone to take them, but if I don't get them out by Monday he said he is going to let them go/set them free :(. Would it maybe help if I could find a way to secure the crates to the ground and the cage to the crates? I also really want to get that Pet Screen stuff that says it's impermeable to dogs, cats, and mosquitoes to somehow surround the cage to protect them from hawks and any other animals around. I have a place set up behind some bushes on the side of the house so that they would also have shade from the bushes, fences, and houses.

EDIT: I don't really have any close friends besides my boyfriend. My ex best friend and I split up a couple months ago and I don't have anyone else I've ever been that close to, definitely no one I could ask to just take them. I posted on my facebook a few hours ago asking if anyone could take them, but I'm not too hopeful for responses. I've also emailed a few places that board birds asking if I could get a reduced rate if I visit to take care of them myself, but none have replied yet. I could MAYBE try boarding them at the clinic I work at for a week or so, but I'm not 100% sure.

Budget baby 07-12-2015 11:19 PM

When you first got your budgies your father was agreeable to them I presume? What has happened to change his mind?
I had a huge heavy cage under a veranda and hawks still got to my birds. It was very sad and my budgie died.
Your cage can be pushed or pulled over or even be lifted in to the air. The stress and fright can kill your budgies without the actual attack.
I am not trying to be horrible but please try your hardest to find them somewhere safe as possible. The heat will also be a factor as they are used to be inside.

Tulip 07-12-2015 11:34 PM

I'll try asking my boss if I could board them at our clinic; I'm just worried the stress of hearing and seeing so many dogs around might be traumatic to them. I guess it would be better than being outside though. And when I asked my boss if I could board them for the two weeks I'll be going on vacation (I've now found a friend who said she can take care of them while I'm gone instead, but she can't hold on to them for me other than that), she was like, "Two weeks!?", so I doubt she'd be willing to keep them until I get my own place or find someone else to take them (if I can). I'm also trying to find a new clinic as I hate working here, so then I wouldn't have the free boarding benefits here anymore :/. So far I haven't even been able to go apply to any yet, so who knows if I'll even end up leaving anyway.

Budget baby 07-12-2015 11:47 PM

Sorry to hear you are having all of these problems. Sometimes life is extremely hard and it appears everything is against you.
I sincerely hope all works out well for you and your budgies.

FaeryBee 07-12-2015 11:58 PM

I hope you will be able to find someone that can take your budgies.

If you tell your father you are working hard to find them a new home, would he perhaps give you more time -- say perhaps a month so you can do your best to re-home them?

Your budgies will be better off if you turn them over to a rescue organization or an Animal Shelter than trying to house them outdoors or risk having your Dad set them free.

Good luck and please let us know how things progress. :hug:

Tulip 07-14-2015 11:27 PM

Update: My boss is letting me keep them at our clinic for now! So they are going to stay there until I can either find someone else to hold on to them until next June, or until I move out next June. I moved them outside for a few hours but was so glad my boss texted me back saying I could bring them over so luckily they didn't have to spend the night outside :). They are happy and safe for now! :) All my coworkers have been telling me how cute they are and how much they like their chirping along to the music lol! My clinic is only 7-10 min from my house, so it's super easy for me to go by and take care of them on the days I don't work too :)

FaeryBee 07-14-2015 11:43 PM

I'm SO glad to hear that your boss is willing to allow you to keep your budgies at the clinic for now.
It would be good to do something nice for your boss to show how much it means to you that she's allowing you to keep them there. Something simple -- a nice thank you card... a gift card for a favorite coffee shop or flowers or something small but meaningful -- just a gesture of appreciation from you will mean a lot to her. :)

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