HOW MANY BIRDS CAN I PUT IN MY AVIARY
The rule of thumb for Budgies and most parakeets similar in size is to provide 8 inches for each bird on a perch for reasonable space. As an example a 72 inch perch would be divided by 8 and you would get space for 9 birds. This would be a safe amount of Budgies without overcrowding causing fighting or illness. Measure all the perches and get a number for each one and add them up. This is only a guideline as some birds will be on the ground or hanging from the wire helping to disperse them around.
An aviary that is 4 feet (48inches) wide and 12 feet long could have 4 perches at each end. To figure out a guidline for the number of birds you could have safely you would calculate 48/8 and this will give you 6 birds per perch. You would then multiply 6 birds by 8 perches and get 48 birds in this size aviary. This calculation will always be on the safe side as we have an aviary of this size and have had 60 birds at some time with no problem.
For other birds, the general rule is to provide spacing between each bird according to the legnth of the bird from tail to beak in lenghth except more aggressive birds require more space.
As another example, Cockatiels are generally 12 inches from tail to beak so you should calculate to leave 12 inches between birds to figure out how many will fit in your aviary.
Overcrowding is never acceptable as it causes fighting and diseases.
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