Keeping an Outdoor Aviary
Many bird enthusiasts around the world have found creating outdoor aviaries a truly rewarding experience. A variety of birds can be kept in an outdoor bird aviary and it is a great option if you are interested in breeding and rearing. There are however, numerous considerations when it comes to keeping an aviary and it can be a lot of work.
The first thing to consider is what bird species you are planning on keeping in your aviary. Are you interested in keeping more than one species? You will require a larger area if you are keen on keeping several species so as to prevent conflict and unnecessary stress. You must also be careful only to mix social species and avoid keeping hookbills with passerines. Many pet bird species will cope in an aviary. However, some species may require sources of warmth and lighting during winter months.
Where should an aviary be situated? Choose a level area that is sheltered and easily seen from your house. You may also consider placing the aviary somewhere where your neighbors will not be disturbed, otherwise you may get complaints. Good drainage is also important for your aviary. It is advisable to install a safety porch entrance way, so as to prevent any of your precious birds from escaping when you enter and exit the aviary. A separate sheltered room that the birds can access at any time is also a good idea. Concrete makes a good floor surface as it is easy to clean and disinfect. The size of your aviary will be determined by the size and number of the birds you will be keeping. For example, if you want to keep finches and canaries you need about 1 or 2 cubic feet for each individual and 6″ to 12″ of perching space for each bird.
After your aviary structure is up you can begin adding aviary equipment, such as hoppers, mineral blocks, seed trays, perches and so forth. Keep several drinkers and feed cups or trays in the aviary so as to reduce competition. Don’t place any trays or hoppers under perches as they will be messed on. Aviary plants can add a nice touch. Be careful what plants you get and ensure none are toxic for birds. Shrubs can be used by smaller birds for nesting. Annuals give the aviary a splash of color and draw yummy insects for the birds to devour. It’s a good idea to keep the plants potted so they can be removed whilst the aviary is being cleaned.
Indeed, keeping an outdoor bird aviary can be very pleasurable and a great way to enjoy the delightful antics of birds.