Building Indoor and Outdoor Aviaries & Aviary Environments
From smaller walk-in flights for indoor environments to larger outdoor aviaries and flights, ideas from parrot owners and breeders are sampled here. Their input is appreciated and dedicated to the welfare of cage birds. A great forum for this subject is the Yahoo "NATURALBIRD" group.
Tony Silva is a long term expert bird breeder and author of several books including his latest most comprehensive book for pet owners and breeders alike: "PSITTACULTURE". These are front views of the aviaries, showing the covered part and the tropical foliage all around. The sidewalk is a well as we are putting in irrigation for the plants and planting an area for bromeliads. So much more has been done since these photos were entered. You can find Tony on FaceBook.
Angela Herschel shows a fully garden planted aviary kept interesting with lots of perches. View more photos and information on safe plants at NATURAL BIRD site. Angela credits the "NATURALBIRD" list for all she's learned about aviaries.
Karen Wingrove shares her aviary from conception art on a napkin to the finished product. Thank you, Karen. The following are detailed notes from Karen on each construction phase.
Cement footer all the way around with cement slab on the southwest - to store lawn mower. Redwood and Hardiplank, safety door onto long patio slab. Hardiplank to break wind/rain/sun on west and southwest side. Wire is Galvanized After Welding (GAW) 1'x1'. Had to have it shipped from Florida. Did we decide to make the sides 8 feet? Maybe. This is my handyman - used to be a teacher and an investment counselor, and his son. The father is now my shaman. He's studied with shamans in Peru. He terraced my whole back yard himself - removing railroad ties, moving dirt around building retaining walls.
Interior planted with grass. Two roof sections darkened with Hardiplank, two more with shade cloth. Balance open (east, north and northwest). Weathervane is a macaw (from neat site online). Apple tree on Southwest corner. Have added mulberry bushes inside and out, a Pistache tree on the southeast side, a New Mexico olive on the south, a patio cover on the west side of the patio. It needs painting again - or staining or whatever you do to redwood and Hardiplank. Probably both.
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