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Outdoor aviary birds?

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My chicken coop, 8'x8' with attached run 8'x16' is being turned into an outdoor planted aviary since I found out I can't have chickens. I've never kept chickens in it. Are there any cage birds that will do well in an outdoor aviary year round. I live near Memphis TN, With hot summers and a cool to cold winters. What about button or other quail? Some kind of little doves?  Are there any temperate zone finches? If the coop were heated could I keep budgies?

I know this is a lot of questions but I'm having trouble finding answes on the internet.

Thanks

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/49888/outdoor-aviary-birds-any-advice

You might enjoy this thread. Sorry I have no personal knowledge of this.

 

 

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-diet-and-health/bird-care/ideal-temperatures-for-birds.aspx


Edited by ChickensAreSweet - 7/7/12 at 6:27pm

Small flock of Black Australorps, EEs, and Nankins.

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Tonys birds 011.jpgTonys birds 004.jpgI have cockatiels and diamond doves that live outside all year.I poly their entire cage and they do great.Here are a few of the new babies that just came off the nest.And the avairy in summer and winter.

In N.H.,Tony.Tonys birds 444.jpgTonys birds 441.jpgTonys birds 442.jpg


Edited by Tony K T - 7/7/12 at 7:56pm
Raising ornamental pheasants in temminick,saytr,eliot,swinhoe,mikado,lewis silver,impeyan,humes,brown eared,and grey peacock pheasant,diamond doves and cockatiels.New additions cheers and blue eareds.Also on the way are germain peacock pheasants.
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Thanks for the links ChickensAreSweet. From what I've gathered so far, it gets too cold in winter for button quail, they would need an indoor aviary. Too bad cause they are nice looking birds. I like the look of your aviary Tony K T. The cockatiels and diamond doves are a great idea. I was also considering budgies with a heat lamp for cold days. Maybe see if the animal shelter gets any birds that need a home.

 I'd need to modify the coop as it was built with an emphsis on ventalation for chickens. I see that drafts are a problem for the little birds though so I need to cover those vents.

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you could do bobwhite, mexican speckled and coturnix/pharoah quail with no additional heat, as well as morning doves and if I'm not mistaken Australian crested doves and possibly ringneck doves. pigeons would be great and there are some very cool looking ones too. 

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Pigeons would be fine as the cold does  not bother them. We are not talking about exotic kinds here but the kinds most people call "pigeons". Ringneck doves are also fine and come in a wide variety of colors and are easy to keep and breed. Usually you will be overrun with them. Mourning doves are federally protected and require a special federal permit. To me, Diamond doves are too expensive and small to chance in the outdoor winters. I prefer them in a dry weather tight shelter. 

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Bobwhite quail would do really good. Before we moved I had them in a pen and we got over a foot of snow and they would still lay eggs every now and then. They had a shelter that was always dry. I also had 4 pairs of piegons and they were fine in the ice cold temps.... I just gave them lots of straw to snuggled in.
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I would advise not to heat your coop at all.Birds produce down to stay warm for the winter months,if you add a heat source they do not produce the right amount of down for the winter.If you lose power and the heat goes out,your birds will more then likely die.My cockatiels,diamond doves and peacock pheasants do not get any heat at all.Though peacock pheasants require heat,they do great for me so far.My hen lays her 1st egg of the year in Feb.I do poly completely around their pen so there are no drafts,but the cold is still in their pen.As for the other pheasants I poly the top 3' of their pen and leave the bottom 3' open.I use to poly the entire pen for the pheasants but found that their laying season and breeding wasn't up to par.Here is a pic of my pens that was taken a few years back,not sure on what year this is,but I would guess around 2008.

In N.H.,Tony.

Raising ornamental pheasants in temminick,saytr,eliot,swinhoe,mikado,lewis silver,impeyan,humes,brown eared,and grey peacock pheasant,diamond doves and cockatiels.New additions cheers and blue eareds.Also on the way are germain peacock pheasants.
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Raising ornamental pheasants in temminick,saytr,eliot,swinhoe,mikado,lewis silver,impeyan,humes,brown eared,and grey peacock pheasant,diamond doves and cockatiels.New additions cheers and blue eareds.Also on the way are germain peacock pheasants.
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