HOW DO YOU GET THE BIRDS FROM THE OUTSIDE FLIGHT BACK TO THE INSIDE FLIGHT
Question: I have had an aviary built in my back garden, a section which is supposed to be for them to go and sleep, and the other a 15ft flight. The problem is how can I get them to go into the sleeping compartment at night. I put a light in there for the first 3 nights of having the budgies but I had to go in the flight and put them in myself. Last night I left them hoping they may go in but they did not. Any information you could give me, I would be very grateful.
Answer: Where I live now I have two outside flights, the older birds in one and the current year bred birds in the second. In both cases the feed and water is kept inside. DO NOT have any feed outside as this encourages mice etc. My first young birds have to be "encouraged" to go inside when they are moved from the training cage to the outside flight (which is after their first moult). Encouraging takes the form of catching them ........ This only happens very rarely and only with the first youngsters. In a sense, you have to train them to go back inside sometimes by catching them and placing them near the hole that takes them in and out. They soon learn that if they want to eat they have to go back inside. Watch for the birds that after a couple of days look a little fluffed up and on the aviary floor ........ these are the ones that have not found their way back in!
In my second flight I have no problems as the birds have all been through the young bird flight. Many of my birds do in fact stay out all night with no problems. The problems come if you are in an area where the can get frightened i.e. car head lights, people walking past, other animals, some people have those light sensors on their outside lights that some times can be set off by the least of movement (they are a pain in the butt). I hope this has helped, the birds will be fine.
Pictures of Barry's aviary can be found here.
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