Birds can make great pets indeed, however, as much pleasure as they provide you, you need to provide them with a comfortable and well-designed aviary so they can be happy too.
Before buying a pet bird or a new aviary for your feathered friends, make sure you follow these steps below to ensure you are choosing the right home for your birds…
Step 1 Type of Bird
Consider carefully the type of bird you want or research your current pet birds to find out what type of habitat is most suitable for their needs. For example,
- What is the full wingspan and are they a very active breed?
- Will you be taking the bird out of the aviary and have them spend time outside with you?
- Will their wings be clipped and if so how will they get around the aviary?
You need to consider how many you will have to ensure there is enough room for them to happily live alongside one another. Most often you will need more than one because of birds like companions.
As you can see you need to carefully consider the bird itself before deciding on a home for them.
Step 2 Size & Shape
Once you have decided on the type of bird and their requirements you can move onto finding the right bird aviary to suit their needs.
You can’t have your pet birds live cramped up. Allow enough space for your birds to be able to move around and fly. The ideal size of an aviary will depend on the size and number of birds you have.
Bird aviaries can come in many shapes and sizes such as the following designs:
They have different
- Roof types
- Different heights
They also come in different materials. You can choose from a steel aviary or a timber, it depends on personal preference and budget.
Timber sheds tend to look beautiful but they come at a high price. Whereas steel aviaries provide a larger range and better price tag.
Step 3 Location & Weather
Where you will place your aviary is an important decision as well. You have to make sure that the location will keep them safe from the elements. Choose a location where your feathered friends will be sheltered from:
- Direct sunlight
- Harsh winds
- Heavy rain
You also want to choose a place where you can enjoy them and spend time with them. Hiding them in a far corner will isolate them from the family and you won’t be able to enjoy their company. Birds are also very social and will bond with you if you spend time with them.
Lastly, you need to consider what space you actually have available in your home before buying the aviary.
Step 4 Insulation
Aside from location and weather, you may want to consider some insulation for the aviary. Like all animals, birds can feel the cold and heat and when it’s just steel or timber and mesh between them and the temperature it may not be enough.
Like all animals, birds can feel the cold and heat and when it’s just steel or timber between them and the temperature it may not be enough.
You need to consider the following,
- What temperatures can your area get to? Can it become very hot or cold at different times of the year?
- Due to the location you chose will it impact the temperature of the Shed? Will it get direct sunlight during summer or none during the winter?
- What type of birds do you want/have and what temperatures are they comfortable to live in?
Insulation for your aviary could mean life or death for your pet birds.
Steel materials can get hot with direct sunlight which is summer means it can become like a sauna for the birds. It may be a good idea to install a thermometer in the aviary to monitor its temp.
At the end of the day you should consider insulating your aviary, below are some ideas on how to do this:
- Cover the walls with polystyrene sheets sandwiched between plywood over the top so the birds cannot damage the sheets.
- Tar paper can be used to line the interior of the aviary
- Insulation batts can also be used but you need to cut them to fit between the aviary’s framing and perhaps covered with plywood.
Other ways to beat the heat or fight the cold:
- Elevating aviaries can reduce the heat as there is better airflow
- Pet Bird heaters can be purchased for the cold and installed in the aviaries
- Nesting boxes- if you don’t have any you should invest.
For more ideas on how to here are- 10 tips to keeping your pet birds warm in Winter
Step 5 Security
Ensure you anchor the aviary to the ground when you have installed it because the last thing you want is the birds and their home being knocked down or ripped apart in a bad storm. It would be very tragic, so please avoid this by securing the aviary to the ground/concrete slab.
Ensure the mesh is made of quality material so it cannot be easily damaged. Also, arrange for a padlock to be used on the gate when you leave the home. Bird theft is not unusual, so take that extra step to keep them safe from harm.
Step 5 Extras
Lastly, you need to consider what to include in the interior. Making sure your pet birds have everything they need to live a healthy and safe life.
Items we recommend are:
- Bird feeders
- Nest boxes
- Toys (mirrors, bells, and balls).
Which toys and nests you require will come down to the type of birds you wish to welcome into your home. Do your research and prepare before you introduce them to their new home.
There you have it!
By following these simple steps you will be sure to choose and prepare the right home for your bird family.