We ourselves will also be moving, but within a few years. I really want an outside aviary for our doves (and future doves).
Right now they are in a makeshift cage made from "Design A Cube" from "Bed Bath and Beyond". It's over two feet wide and three feet tall, held together by zip ties. It's a much better upgrade from their last cage. But I can't wait two, three years to move to get them a better enclosure!
My plan was to build a sort of "Puzzle Doviary". Something that isn't a permanent fixture to the land and something that I can easily be taken apart and reassemble when we move.
I'll explain my plans as best I can and maybe someone here can help me make sure it'll actually work? Or come up with other solutions...
Okay, before anything goes up, we would place a 10 by 10 foot tarp on the ground (after kind of clearing the area). Then, the 4 by 8 foot wall pannels would go up, being centered on the tarp. The walls would be made up of two wood boards but they wouldn't overlap each other exactly, they would be one foot off to the side of each other and when lined up side by side we could put bolts or something to keep them together. I hope this makes sense so far? But after the walls and roof are put into place, I was thinking about pouring sand on the floor of the actual cage part where the birds would be so it'd be easy to scoop their poop up with a cat litter scooper thing. We would steam the sand every so often to rid it of bacteria. The outside wall panels would have wired windows that also have folding window covers (with vents) for when we lock it up at night.
I was also thinking about placing bricks on the outside perimeter of the aviary on the tarp thats hanging out to not only look decent but to hopefully keep things from digging.
On the shed (the smaller room, where we would store all of their supplies and stuff) wall their would be a total of four nest boxes with a door in the back so we can check on the young from the shed part.
And as for their perches, I was thinking about hanging bonzi plants in the shape of horizonal branches. Too much, I know, but that would be eventually, as well as a filtering water feature and bird bath.
I don't have a plan yet for connecting the corners of the aviary or a plan for the room yet?
Any comments, questions, concerns, ideas?