Our Bird Room and Aviary:
A picture of perch positions in the indoor flight, viewing on end, and our new outdoor flight can be found at the bottom of this document showing some Budgies and Bourkes.

We divided our garage in half and built our bird room which is about 14 feet by 12 feet. The other half is our work shop as we do not put a car in the garage. We made the walls with 2x6 so we could put plenty of insulation in them so we only need a small ceramic heater to keep the room at 45 to 50 degrees in winter. The ceiling also has about 4 inches of insulation on it. This also keeps some of the heat out on very hot and humid weather in the summer. The walls, ceiling and floor have a vapor barrier of plastic on it to keep drafts and moisture out. We have florescent lights on a timer from 7 am. to 10 pm. We also have a ceiling fan that is on 4 times a day for 30 minutes each time to circulate and clean the air in the bird room.

The flight in the bird room is about 4 feet deep by 12 feet wide and the ceiling is about 8 feet. The larger the flight the better if you will have lots of birds as time goes on.

The Breeding Cages (picture below)
We have two, 3 high by 2 wide cages, one 3 high by 1 wide cage and a small cage of about 4 feet square for the baby budgies. This gives us 15 possible breeding cages. The upper right corner of each grid would have a breeding box attached to it that actually is outside the cages but attached to them. The breeding boxes are made of wood and can be home made or bought at any aviary. You can use wood or metal boxes.

The 3 high 2 wide cage is about 6 feet high and 6 feet wide and divided in 6 sections so their are actually 6 breeding areas in each with lift up covers on the bottom for easy cleaning. Each grid is actually about 18 inches high by 36 inches wide and 18 inches deep. The 3 high and 1 wide cage is 6 feet high with 4 spaces of 36 inches wide and 18 inches high. The bottom space has no bottom or back and is just used for underneath storage.

The breeding cage below is made of 1/2" plywood for the sides, top, back and bottom. We pre-drilled (keeps wood from splitting) and screwed everything together with #8 x 1" long screws. On the front we attached 3/4" by 3/4" wood to the sides and top of each section which we attached the wire fronts to. We also added 3/4" by 3/4" wood about 4" up on each section to support the bottom of the wire fronts. We then cut 1/4" plywood to cover the bottom 4 inch space which is used as a clean-out door we can remove and replace easy. It is just hung on the wire with cup hooks. You can lift it up or remove it completely. The cage has a center divider made of 1/4" plywood you can remove if you want to give the birds more room when only one pair is in each row. The divider is kept in place with 2 pieces of 3/4" by 3/4" wood at the front and the back with a space equal to the divider thickness. The bottom or floor of each cage is 1/2" plywood screwed in from the sides and back. The 3/4" by 3/4" wood under each section bottom at the front helps keep it from warping.

We just use newspaper on the bottom and slide it out and replace it for cleaning but you can make some pans or trays if you wish.The wire is galvanized which you can buy at most farm supply depots or some building centers. We cut out a 6" by 6" piece of the wire and use this as a door to get easy access to the birds or food and water. We used wire bent in a circle to hold the wire door from the top and a clothes peg to secure it at the bottom. There is also a cutout in the top left of each section where the nest box attaches so it does not occupy the cage itself. All you have to do is open the front door to the nest box which hinges down to clean the nest boxes or inspect the birds. The nest box hangs on cup hooks so it can be removed easy for a thorough cleaning. The 2 wide cage is placed on a separate 2x4 frame so we can have space under for pails of seed etc. The one high cage just has long sides to support it and give space underneath. The wood is all painted a glossy enamel white for easy cleaning of food and droppings off the sides etc. It is easy to clean with a paint scraper and then warm wet sponge. You can use dowel or 1/2 by 3/4 wood for the perches. The nest box has its own perch of 1/2" dowel that sticks outside about 4 inches and inside about 2 inches.

The nest boxes (below) are attached to the cage with 2 small eye bolts screwed in the cage where you want the top of the nest box to be, and screw in 2 small cup hooks in the top of the nest box to attach to the cage through the eye bolts. This makes adding or removing the nest box very quick & easy. You just lift the nest box to remove it.

The Indoor Flight
The indoor flight has several dowel and square perches at each end to keep the birds grip changing instead of only using round type perches. We have 5 perches at each end about 10 inches apart. Each perch is also 8 inches lower than the next to form a 'V' from a distance.

This keeps the birds from perching on top of each other and gives them room to fly back and forth from end to end for exercise. The space in the middle has no perches so we can keep their food and water dishes on the floor without having droppings in them. Wire mesh is placed on the walls before drywall is put up to deter any rodents from chewing their way into the bird room. The flight walls are made of a type of panelling that is glossy white and as hard as ceramic tile. This is placed on the 2 end walls and the back over the drywall. It costs about $40 for a 4 x 8 sheet but is worth it. This panelling makes cleaning easy as you can use a scraper to clean the walls off and then just scrub them down with a sponge. The rest of the walls in the bird room are just drywall that is painted. Since the floor in the garage is concrete, we placed plywood down and then a one piece linoleum floor for easy cleaning and to keep the floor from being cold to the feet. We have a few outlets along the walls for night lights in case the birds get disturbed at night and fly around in panic.

The center of the bird room has a window to let fresh air in on warm weather days. It is a casement window that opens out from the bottom so it can even be left open when it rains. The flight has one double 4 foot florescent tube light in the center. Their are two of these in the main room to provide light for the breeding cages. Each bulb is the 40 watt type. We use the daylight bulbs instead of the warm white as the light is more natural.

These are some small things to consider when building your bird room. It would be a good idea to find out from other breeders if you can visit their room to get some ideas and tips. Size, temperature and ventilation are important factors for the bird room. The flight must give the birds room to fly to keep in shape when they are not breeding.

Picture showing perch positions looking at one end of the flight. They are in a ladder stepped location so the bird do not perch over each other.


The Outdoor Flight
The outdoor flight is made of 2x2, 2x4 and 2x6 cedar. It has 10, 24 inch by 30 inch patio stones on the bottom for easy cleaning making the flight 4 feet wide by 12 & 1/2 feet long. This gives them plenty of room for flying and exercise. The stone base also keeps the birds toes trim. The wire mesh is screwed in place on the inside and is 1/2" by 1" on the bottom and 1" by 1" on the top for easier viewing of the birds. The roof is 3/4" shingled plywood. The door is on the right side. The underside of the roof is 1" styrofoam to keep the heat from the sun getting through the roof. This keeps it cooler for the birds and can be seen in the side view of the flight below. The entire edge of the underside of the roof is covered with 1" by 6" cedar boards to keep the birds from chewing the styrofoam. All the perches are natural wood branches. The patio stones also give a solid base so no animals can dig under to get in. Note the plexiglass about 24 inches by 30 inches placed around the birds entrance to the indoor flight to prevent mice or other small animals from climbing up into the garage. This can be seen in the side view picture below.

Outdoor flight (June 2004). Many birds out to enjoy the fresh warm air today.
We have added a large piece of driftwood standing on its end at the back and center for the birds to climb and chew.

Outdoor Flight

Inside/side view of outdoor flight (July 11, 2003) showing Budgies, Rosy Bourkes and Female Red Rump. (center bottom).
Outdoor Flight

Below is a close-up of the door the birds use to move from the inside to the outside flight (looking from outside to inside.)
Experienced birds fly right through, while others land on the 2 perches and jump or step inside.
There are 2 perches about 6 inches long outside & inside the box attached to the shelf they are standing on.
(Female Red Rump (front) admiring the outdoors with 2 Rosy Bourkes in behind.)
Outside flight door


E-Mail: berniehansen@sympatico.ca



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