Converting building to aviary

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  1. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a steel insulated building I would like to convert into an aviary. It is 10' X 16' divided into three 5' x 10' sections. I was thinking about building an 8' X 16' flight pen off of the back. They would have access into one of the sections in the winter I would shut them up into the section. Would I hang a few heat lamps and put a closed window on the opening? The section has a 3' x 4' window. The walls (in and out) are steel panels with over an inch of insulation sandwiched inside. So no drafts. Any suggestions? Was thinking about weaver birds, african waxbills and or lovebirds.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Sounds like a great idea! I keep my quail in an outdoor aviary and have considered putting my parrots out there for the summer after the quail are gone. I think you have a good idea there and I hope it works out for you!
     
  3. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope so, I live in kentucky so winter could be a problem.
     
  4. AquaEyes

    AquaEyes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Weavers and waxbills will require heat in the winter. I was looking into waxbills for my future outdoor aviaries in south Florida (years away....), and from everything I kept reading, they need to be kept at 50F or higher.

    Lovebirds are a bit hardier, but will still need to be shut up in the winter. Oh, and DEFINITELY don't house them with any finches -- they're cute, but murderous around other species that are smaller. You may even run into problems if you house peach-faced with eye-ring species, so choose one or the other for an aviary.

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  5. dwhite

    dwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you do keep drafts out and away from anything that will get them wet you can put anything in there. I have several outdoor aviaries and here is a list of what I have kept or do keep outside here in the NW, I would put a single heat lamp in each aviary as a safety measure.

    Several would start to breed and raise chicks when the days started to get longer but the temps would still get below freezing. A friend of mine had baby Cordon Blues (blue caps) fledge and he was still breaking the ice off the water bowls.

    Orange Weavers
    Zebras
    Gouldians
    Stars
    Shaftails
    Canaries
    Cockatiels
    Lovebirds
    Diamond Doves
    Budgies
    Javas
    Cuthroats
    Societies
    Orange Cheeks
    Cordon Blues

    and many others....
     
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  6. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome info guys. Thanks. I did read that lovebirds are good for single species avairy only. I am thinking an australian theme would be cool, Zebras, diamond doves... However cant do many weaver species, java finches illegal in KY. Sounds like I have lots of fun research to do!
     
  7. dwhite

    dwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Javas are indeed illegal in several states, didn't know that KY was one of them. Lovebirds can be noisy as well so that is one of the reasons I no longer have any. When you decide on what you want I know several people in your area that should be able to help you get what you want.
     
  8. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am leaning toward the eurasian species. European goldfinch, linnet, greenfinch buntings etc.
     
  9. dwhite

    dwhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of what you have listed are banned in certain states, what state are you in? I might be able to direct you to someone.
     

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