When you love birds and want to keep them as a pet, you will need to build an aviary to have the perfect place for them to live in your home. Whether it will be an indoor or an outdoor aviary will depend on the type of birds you want to keep, and you will need to decide on the kind of birds and how many before starting to build your aviary. Below is a short guide on what you need to do when building an aviary in your garden to give your birds an ideal home, but you will first need to download some birdy aviary plans.
Choose A Location & Build A Foundation
You will want to choose a south-facing location for the aviary that is not too close to trees and will offer the birds protection against the elements. The aviary will not be too heavy, but you will still want a foundation, so you have a level surface for it. You can do this using sand and gravel and then placing paving slabs on top and levelling them off, but if all this seems too much for you, you can look for an aviary for sale online.
Building The Frame
The next step is to start building the frame for the aviary, and you will need to ensure it is sturdy and can handle being outdoor in all weather. Whether you use nails or screws, you will need to ensure they are made with galvanised steel, so they do not rust. You will need to ensure you build the aviary to a decent size and give the birds as much room to move about as possible, giving them a better quality of life. Once the frame is complete, you will want to put the roof on it.
Raising The Roof Of Your Aviary
The next step is putting a roof on the aviary, and you will need to ensure it is sealed, so it does not leak. You can use a layer of plastic underneath the roof to help prevent water from leaking in, and you can also add some wooden shingles to make the aviary look nice. Once the roof is complete and everything looks good, it is time to add mesh to the walls to keep the birds in and predators out.
Adding Mesh To The Frame
You will want to use a wire mesh on your aviary to prevent predators from getting into your aviary and help keep your birds safe. You need to ensure that there are no gaps in the mesh and use plenty of nails to hold it in place. Once the mesh is on your aviary, it is almost ready to be used by your birds.
Getting The Aviary Ready For The Birds
You will want to add a layer of builder’s sand to the floor of the aviary and create lots of places for the birds to roost, and you will need perches at various heights. You will also need somewhere for them to nest, and you can add nesting boxes near the aviary roof. You should now be all set to add the birds to your aviary and get them used to their new home in their brand-new purpose-built home.