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Old 01-30-2012, 05:58 AM
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Building a indoor aviary. Ideas & advise needed.

I'm wanting to build a custom aviary in my small home office for our soon to be parrot. Either a Too or Grey. I'm so,oooo excited !



The back will be against a west facing window and shaded by a large tree.

The length can be from 6' to 8' and about 2' to 2'.5" deep. (Maybe I should call it just a large cage. lol)

The ceiling is 8' high. I plan on replacing the carpet with easy to clean,..... vinyl. I know the depth is not very deep, but I need room for my desk. chair etc. (this spring, we want to build a large one on the deck, but for now we''l get going on the office aviary)

What wire screening/mesh etc. is best for the size of a parrot ?
Please give me some aviary ideas and advise from size, frame work (I can weld it or bolt together), wire, perches, toys & placement, to the best way to have cleanable bottom !
What should I use for a durable and easy to clean back wall, fiberglass or the plastic panels ?

Most cages are powder coated, but I can't believe it's OK with birds to scrape off and consume ? I would love to use stainless, but it's very expensive. Should I put it on wheels, or not really needed to be moved ?

I would rather use perch's that look like a large tree, than just wood dowels. Make it look as natural as possible !

Let's be very creative, think like a bird, and build a parrots dream small,.... aviary,.... for my newest child !

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Re: Building a indoor aviary. Ideas & advise needed.

IF you look online they sell what your asking for. It's removable slab of grates. They can all attach to one another to make the size you want.
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Re: Building a indoor aviary. Ideas & advise needed.

Personally I would have just a large powder coated cage indoors for a parrot such as a grey or Too. Then build an outdoor enrichment cage for the day time.

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Re: Building a indoor aviary. Ideas & advise needed.

Mikey- what do I search for ?

Pedro- very nice, very expensive.
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Re: Building a indoor aviary. Ideas & advise needed.

That's just to give you some ideas. All my outdoor aviaries are built from box section Galvanised steel. with half inch gal mesh screwed to the box section. We neutralised the gal with vinegar & washed it off after 20 minutes. My cages have stood the test of time & are about 20 years old.

I also know you can use secruity screen frames & attatch the wire to that. Maybe some secondhand ones.

But if you are wanting to keep a Too Or Grey I am not sure if they are chewers or not, you will have to take that into consideration & maybe use a heavier mesh. See what your local hardware or metal store has to offer.
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Re: Building a indoor aviary. Ideas & advise needed.

They do look great and gives me some ideas. I'm like you, pretty good with my hands & tools (my brain,...that's the question) lol

Yes, the powder coated and especially the galvanizing is a big question, unless I wash it down like you have. After all, 20 + years with no affects. I know with at least smaller birds, most company's are coated, but don't know about big birds chewing ?

We raced dirt winged sprint cars for many years, and the last powder coating a company did for us, was a little textured and very,....tough. I don't believe it had any scratches and know it did not wear off for 3 years of racing. I'll call them and ask what is was, as it may be perfect for cages. Comes in all types of colors Too.

What gauge and size of open spaced mesh works best for big birds ?
I assume Menard's, Home Depot etc, has the wesh ?

BIRD CAGES 4 LESS- http://birdcages4less.com/FAQ/index.html

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"Unless choosing stainless steel, our cages are made of durable wrought-iron and are powder coated with multiple layers of safe and durable powder coat- in a variety of colors to match your interior. There are lower-quality cages on the market with inferior powerdercoating, but we hold our cages to high standards"

I wonder what the product differences are ?

How about aluminum cages ?

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Re: Building a indoor aviary. Ideas & advise needed.

Well, if you get a large 'Too, I have heard of them even breaking welds on cages. They can definitely do more destruction than a Grey can.
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I've heard that also.
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Quote: Originally Posted by 427HISS View Post
Mikey- what do I search for ?

Pedro- very nice, very expensive.
That same exact expensive site Pedro posted....lol....
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Quote: Originally Posted by roxynoodle View Post
Well, if you get a large 'Too, I have heard of them even breaking welds on cages. They can definitely do more destruction than a Grey can.
Java is actually a pretty gentle bird with the cage and doesn't make any mess at all, but he loves to chew on toys.....My Macaw on the other hand, I noticed he broke the weld on his cage on a few spot, the cage wasn't cheap...It's a nice big Macaw cage....I guess I'll be shopping for a new cage for Willie sometime in the near future....
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