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Old 05-23-2016, 06:18 AM
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Hi there.

I've kept budgies in the past but only in cages so I'm fairly familiar with their basic care. I'm now living in a house that has a partially enclosed area outside that I would like to convert into an aviary for a few pairs of budgies and possibly other species. So really I'm looking for some advice and possibly a link to a guide to creating and maintaining a budgie aviary. I found mostly very basic and conflicting advice online so far so I thought that a dedicated budgie forum would be my best bet.

I live in Hanoi in Vietnam and our year round weather would seem to suit budgies. I can also easily get seed and grit, as well as fruits and veg if needed.

The area I would like to use is currently just being used to store mops and buckets and is already partially enclosed. If has a tiled floor and also has a plumbed water tap and drain. Our drains are prone to clogging though so I would rather sweep up seed than wash it down the drain. It has a plastic sheet already over it but I may replace this as it's a bit dirty.

My plan is to install mesh round the whole area and possibly replace the plastic sheet. I would then add perches and nesting boxes as well as food and water areas. I plan to keep 2 or 3 pairs of budgies and possibly some other small birds. So far I have read that it's best not to mix species, especially if the birds are too crowded. The species I am considering would be button quails, zebra finches, canaries, java sparrows, munias or society finches.

My possible problems would firstly be that the door to the area opens out the way. This could lead to birds escaping into our large living room. Secondly we have a cat who could be a problem if the aforementioned escape happened or stress to the birds when she is near the windows to the area. She did quickly lose interest in our open topped aquarium though so I think she would quickly become bored of the birds once she realises she can't get to them. I would also make sure she is not in the living room when I enter or exit the aviary. I could also easily install some kind of sheet over the door for use when entering and exiting. She also does not have outside access to the aviary area. Another problem would be rodents. We have both rats and mice in the area but rarely see them now we have the cat. I would ensure that the mesh is completely secure with no possible entry by rodents.

The main things I would like to know is where to position food and water for easy access and cleaning. If any of the other birds mentioned would be suitable. The best place to position perches and nest boxes. What else I should have in the aviary and just any other hints and tips.

Thank you and here are some pictures of the proposed aviary area.

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Old 05-23-2016, 06:40 AM
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How exciting!

I just want to start by saying that colony breeding (breeding when there are multiple pairs of birds in an area together) is not recommended for many reasons. There's a link to a great list of pro's and con's, which I'm sure someone will be along with soon.

The rest of your plans sound good. You could put a piece of cloth or similar over the drain so that it doesn't collect anything other than water.

As for the door, false doors are your best bet. They are a door on the outside of the door into the aviary itself - you open the false door and close it behind you before opening the aviary door. Not quite sure how you could construct one within your house though.

You would want to have some perches in an area where the birds can seek refuge from col/wet/windy weather. Food should be kept in a place where it cannot get wet, as wet seed is not healthy for any bird.

Have a look around the forums in the 'Housing' and 'DIY' sub-forums for ideas.
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Hi, Thomas --

You've come to the right place.
There have been many advances in budgie care in the last decade.

The purpose of this forum is to promote the best practices in the care of budgies for their optimum health and well being.

Please be sure to review ALL of the information in the following links:
Budgie Articles
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...-stickies.html
https://talkbudgies.com/general-budgi...ng-forums.html


You will find, for example, that grit is not recommended for budgies and can cause crop impaction.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...bout-grit.html

This forum does not promote colony breeding -- there are too many inherent dangers.

https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-dangers.html

Please read the links given and check out the information regarding aviaries in the Budgie Housing section of the forum.

After you've take the time to read everything, please post your updated list of questions in this thread and we will be happy to address them at that time.

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Well this sounds like such a cool project! Although I have no experience building aviaries or converting anything into one, I have been helping my dad do "home improvement" projects around the house since I was young. I would recommend, instead of doing false doors - although in an outdoor aviary would be a great idea - doing a pocket door! They're smaller in height, and a tad wider, but they slide in and out of the wall instead of opening all the way to allow you through. That way there would be less of a chance of birds escaping, or your cat getting in when you're cleaning or anything! The only problem I've ever had with pocket doors is the door not latching to the lock, and they stay open to about 1cm away from the frame. If you could find some way to do a pocket door with a fantastic lock, or multiple, I'm sure it would work great for an aviary!
You might also have to worry about budgies perching on the (potentially) exposed tracks that the door would be on to slide open and closed.
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False doors are by far the safest way to enter and exit an aviary as Tracy explained.

While a pocket door doesn't take up as much space, with such a door, there is still great danger of the bird(s) escaping the aviary into a area where it could easily be hurt or killed.
Given the OP has the additional concern of having a cat in the household I would certainly not recommend a pocket door be used.

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Hi Thomas!

You've been given great advice from FaeryBee and Intoxxication Sounds like an exciting thing you're planning!

Hope to see you around, and keep us posted on how things go!
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