Changes In The Aviary

This all started because we were thinking about relocating, and I was worried about transferring 300 budgies to an empty garage or shed with no place for them to live.
We have a number of portable all-wire stock cages with wooden bases and all-wire breeding cages that simply need a few screws to install on a wall, but the demand was for a huge number of housing, so I had to think about how to put up rapid accommodation.

I saw something similar at the Parrot Show in March. Aluminium flights made of 6′ 3′ or 8′ 4′ panels that are readily assembled and disassembled. I chose to purchase two 6′ 3′ flights to house my present children. This would allow me to observe how quickly they could be built, relocated, and cleaned.

I figured that putting them on plastic-covered metal sheets would make them simpler to clean, so I went to a nearby scrap yard and bought two 8′ 4′ sheets, simply placing them on the concrete floor where the flights were to be built. The flights came two weeks later. They were light enough for me to take into the birdroom, but I thought that my husband was more equipped to handle the actual building than I was. I had two new flights scheduled within a couple of hours. We chopped pretty thin branches from trees in the garden to use as perches, then attached a couple of old bunk bed ladders and they were ready to go.

I was able to place the first round of juveniles, as well as part of the second round, in the first flight, and then move the younger chicks from the nursery cage when they were ready. This made things much easy to figure out. I was looking at birds of the same age, and trust me, the variations in size and quality were obvious.

My present hen flight, which is normally composed of wood and wire, has steadily deteriorated over the last three years. We’ve had to rebuild supporting struts many times, and since my birds are housed in the garage, the plasterboard ceiling is starting to look a little sad, with some hens appearing to believe they might nest above it if they could only nibble through it. The aluminum flight has the benefit of having a wire mesh roof!

The time has come to replace the hen flight, and I am now putting another order for two new aluminum flights, one to house my hens and the other as a sales flight. Birds may be moved to the Sales flight, where I can monitor them and re-assess them as needed. Separating them also protects against the accidental sale of a bird, maybe of a lineage essential for the following breeding season. The cock flight isn’t that horrible right now, but it will be changed soon.

Cleaning is a breeze. Ledges are readily cleaned, branches are changed on a regular basis, and the floor is simply swept with a paint scraper, vacuumed, and dusted with bird sand once a week. The bunk bed ladders may be removed, transported outdoors, and washed on a regular basis. I’m reducing the likelihood of pest infestation with these flights and my all-wire breeding cages.

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