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Old 09-18-2018, 02:06 PM
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Aviary Plans Please?

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Hi!

I'm a DIY kinda girl and would love to put together a plan and budget estimate for an aviary for my birds (and possibly an additional new bird down the road).

Currently I have two GCCs, but if I find a rescue - a macaw, amazon, or cockatoo that falls for me (and potentially has the size and background to one day free-fly), I may add that to my little flock. I want to plan to build an aviary, possibly next year where I can safely have my birds outside without constant supervision. I live in PA, so it wouldn't be in use all year (at least not during the colder months and cooler evenings), but it would be where my birds would spend most of their time (aside from their time with me, of course) during the summer.

Actually I may construct two aviaries (one for the little birds and one for the larger bird) or construct an aviary with a divider.

In any case, I've looked around online and seen, briefly, versions of people's DIY aviaries, but they lack so much information and pictures, that I'm rather confused.

I know wood is pretty much out as a building material when it comes to Macaws, but I'm not sure how people are affixing wire mesh to like carport frames and such. I fear trial and error on my part may end up being more expensive than if I just went out and bought the pre-made aviary itself. But I like DIY and don't mind a bit of hard work if I can save some money.

So my question, is there some secret stash of aviary building plans somewhere that I can't seem to find? I really, really want a plan. *weak lol*
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Old 09-18-2018, 02:38 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

I found this for aviary panels. I'm liking the price and the options, but I'm not sure how one would attach these to a metal frame, like a greenhouse or carport.

https://www.wingzstore.com/diy/wire/...ady-panel.html

(Sorry, I can't figure out how to put live links here. Just copy and paste the link into your browser and it should take you to the spot.)
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:19 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

Think pvc, you can attach using tyewraps!
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:29 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

For a Macaw?
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:41 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

Do research on the type of wire that's safe for birds over time. Many are zinc laden, which is toxic for birds.
We ended up going with stainless steel mesh just to be on the safe side. Yes, it's pricey, but I'd rather pay more knowing my birds won't become ill from mouthing it over time.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:16 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

Where would I get stainless steel? What supports should I use to "hang" the wire?
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:29 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

I could take some pics of what our fabricator did to affix it to the steel frame if that might help you get an idea.
We got our mesh rolls through TWP. Again, it's the priciest stuff to get.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:32 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

Wingz is in my home town. We've owned rabbit cages and guinea pig cages that came from them. For the small animal enclosures, they were a 'meh' for me. We had them bid on building our aviary, but they came out as being 8K more than what our fabricators ended up doing it for us.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:47 PM
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

I'm following this thread closely! I want to a small one, but I have no idea where to get the stainless steel mesh from.
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Re: Aviary Plans Please?

I am responding to 1 part of the OP's post about potential rescues:


I have an Umbrella Cockatoo who feels like 7 birds lol. I don't always LOVE MyToos.com, but honestly, comb through that website and then, think LONG AND HARD before making that call. They are NOT like other birds (even though they share many tendencies etc). My bird had 3 owners before me. EVEN BIRD PEOPLE WILL BACK ME UP ON THIS----again- it is possible, but I contend that it is much harder than having a human child. Heck! I work with extreme people for a living, and my cockatoo beats them, HANDS-DOWN.

Imagine an EXTREMELY smart toddler with special needs (similar to autism) who wants constant attention and has a tri-point beak +800 lbs bite force (making noises louder than a jet engine, using wings and potentially engaging in extreme self-mutilation if things go poorly...plucking/overpreening when some parrots would just shrug it off)...A rescue "Too" may not care about your other birds and will likely come with extreme behaviors...Not that you can't work with those, but I am overwhelmed with one very well-behaved cockatoo (IT TOOK SOOOOO MUCH WORK TO GET HER THERE AND EVEN MORE TO KEEP HER THERE)
Mine is my entire life.
LOVE HER TO DEATH...but dang...Even after all of the research...and even with a degree in special ed + ABA, I still feel like I am the mother of MULTIPLE TODDLERS WITH EXTREME BEHAVIORS (and 2 vets have described her as "the most well-adjusted they have ever seen".)
I am her 3rd home, and she still has a small bald spot on her chest. When I got her, I couldn't touch her.. the transition was HUGE for her, and she LOVES me (now)...I just can't ever recommend a cockatoo to anyone...doing a good job with them is WAY harder than anyone can ever articulate...

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