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Housing for Budgies Discuss Cages, Cage Set-Ups and Aviaries

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Old 08-31-2016, 01:30 AM
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I'm looking at options for potentially building a budgie aviary in the future. While looking up hardware cloth options I found a list of stainless steel meshes and I was wondering if this one in particular would be safe for use with budgies? It says it's 1/2 inch but it's also a hexagonal shape. I've only ever seen meshes used that had square holes.

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I would get the $10 swatch first. That way you can get a better idea of how big it's going to really be. Let us know how it goes!
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That wire would be fine for a budgie aviary Emily. In some ways it is better than the square wire which is welded. That wire is woven so there are no loose pieces to cause metal poisoning even if it wasn't stainless steel. Over here that type of wire that is only galvanized and not stainless is called Budgie Wire. Chicken wire is the larger size of about 1 1/2 to 2 inches. It is only a light gauge wire and is not suitable for larger parrots as they would just bite through it. For aviaries for parrots we use a much heavier grade of square wire of the same size, eg 1/2 inch. My new large cages I am building for my Cockatoos is 1 inch heavy grade mesh the same sort they use for big parrots like Macaw's.
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Emily,

That particular mesh will be fine for a budgie aviary.
Most of the stainless steel mesh I've seen does come in the hexagontal shape rather than squares.

Check the threads in the Do-It-Yourself and Budgie Housing sections of the forum.
Some of our other members have built aviaries and you may find their posts and experiences interesting.
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Excellent! I'll definitely look at the aviaries people have built and I'll also run some numbers to see how much building one might cost. Thanks!
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