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Old 01-09-2013, 07:21 PM
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Re: can i convert indoor cockatiels to oustide aviary cockatiels?

Zinc is a heavy metal, that when ingested, affects the nervous system and will eventually kill a bird.....it is not chicken wire that is the problem, but the coating that the fence wire is dipped in to resist rusting.....any galvanized wire or metal products will contain the same toxic zinc. Electroplated galvanizing solution is applied differently than hot-dip (like chicken wire) and the wire can be carefully brushed with vinegar to retard the leaching of zinc from the coating solution.

The problem lies in the fact that parrots will beak/taste and chew on almost anything and if they chew on the fencing enough, it will kill them.
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Re: can i convert indoor cockatiels to oustide aviary cockatiels?

We went to the bird barn to see if they had any of the stuff they use, and they use regular chicken wire, galvanized. the guy there said that the weather helps to remove some of the excess and that we could also scrub it with vinegar and water to get rid of a bit more. They've been using that method for like, 15 yrs so I think it should be fine? right?
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Re: can i convert indoor cockatiels to oustide aviary cockatiels?

Washing it down with vinegar will remove the zinc and potentially lead to rusting, so that's another concern to worry about.

Many people have used zinc coated wire that's been washed down with vinegar (it'll kill grass!) though. Make sure that the wire is GAW and not GBW. That also makes a difference in safety.


I don't know about the chicken wire that you have, but the chicken wire in my area is often large enough for a cockatiel to easily stick his head through, so that would be another safety concern for me.
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Re: can i convert indoor cockatiels to oustide aviary cockatiels?

We got really small chicken wire, so It should be fine, I don't see any birds getting anything through this. I can fit one finger through each hole.
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