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Old 05-06-2020, 12:41 PM
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DIY Aviary

What would be some good materials to use for a DIY outdoor Aviary? We have untreated wood and hardware cloth, but realizing the the hardware cloth is galvanized, we may need to rethink that and figure out something else. It's for our Blue Front. Its pretty big, so inexpensive and safe ideas would be great.
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Old 05-06-2020, 02:36 PM
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Re: DIY Aviary

Stainless steel mesh. If outdoors, you would need two layers, at least a few inches apart so predators can't get to them. It's gonna get expensive.
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Old 05-06-2020, 02:55 PM
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Re: DIY Aviary

Yeahhhhhh, I cant spend $800+ on a 50foot roll of stainless steel mesh lol. We already looked into that and I rather feed my children than spend almost half of our months pay on a fancy bird cage I love her, but not that much. Predators arent really my concern with her, its actually her flying off into the neighbors yard, all it has to do is keep her in while we do yard work and let her enjoy some time outdoors. If I didnt refuse to clip her wings, I'd just make her an outdoor stand or let her play on the grapevine.
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Re: DIY Aviary

For outdoor use, there is not much else than Stainless Steel. Besides being zinc coated, hardware clothe or chicken wire is going to rust eventually and ingesting that plus any zinc flakes still on the wires is toxic. Powder coated steel is much more weather resistant and harder to chip off, but thats likely more $$$ than stainless. Maybe keep an eye out on Craigslist for inexpensive used cages, still in good condition, and then use the panels to fashion a larger enclosure. You could use stainless clamps to hold it together.
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Re: DIY Aviary

Awh man, well, I wonder how well she would deal with deer fencing until we can afford the actual metal. If it can get us through this summer, next tax season if we have one, we will have to get her the good stuff.
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The poly deer fence would not be toxic, but if she decides to chew on it, good bye Gracie.
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Re: DIY Aviary

I havent caught her chewing on anything plastic yet, anything wood on the other hand! I've had her outside before and she doesn't fly off unless shes on your shoulder (she isnt a fan) which is when my husband decided that she couldnt go outside anymore without a leash and an aviary, which is fine, I agree. I've set her on trees and the ground and showed her all around and shes always just stuck close. She flew away once at her previous home and got knocked out of the sky by a hawk. No doubt she remembers.
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Re: DIY Aviary

Why the aviary? For more space for her? Is this a 24/7 thing in good weather?

What's the budget, there may be other options.
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Re: DIY Aviary

There's a portion that talks about DIY aviary in this video. Just for reference.
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Re: DIY Aviary

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Why the aviary? For more space for her? Is this a 24/7 thing in good weather?

What's the budget, there may be other options.
It's just so she can get some time outside with us instead of being cooped up in the house while we enjoy summer and the garden. It's like an 8'x6' wide cage with a 3' wide door, all from the floor to the ceiling. It's either shaded or half shaded all day long, but she will only be out pretty much when we are and only during the warmer months.

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