Need ideas for a Aviary for my Peafowl, bunch of questions,I picked up most of the Lumber today.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Joe.G, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I already have a idea in my head as to what I want to do, It is going to be 20x16x8 or 9 ft high I have Pressure treated lumber, the frame is going to be 2x8 and 4x4 posts, there will be some 2x6 and 2x4 for bracing and what not.

    I am going to put a door on one of the 16 ft sides in the corner and on the opposite end on the other 16ft wall I am going to sometime over the summer add a small coop just so they have some place to go to get out of the weather, this coop will be build outside of the Aviary with a small entrance for them to go back and forth though, the coop will be prob about 6x8x8 or something along those lines.

    I plan to wrap the whole thing, sides and ceiling in 1/2x1/2 hardware cloth, Figured this stuff is pretty strong and should hold up well, I thought about using 1x2 welded wire but I think it is going to cost a bunch, I plan on buying 2 100 ft rolls. I'll prob also put one layer of hardware cloth down on the ground on the inside of the aviary, prob just one pass on the outer edge.

    I may cover the top with a tarp for now , and maybe add a roof down the road or cover half and leave half open.

    I would like to add some stuff in the inside, I don't know if I should leave the grass, or put wood chips or sand.

    What about plants or trees? bushes? How many Peafowl could I keep in this size aviary? I have 2 Males and a female at the moment, I would like to add another female. Thanks
     
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  3. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would it be ok to add either a Pheasant or 2 or maybe 2 Pigeons?
     
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    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So should I use 1x2 Welded Wire instead of 1/2x1/2 Hardware cloth? Should I use Netting or Chicken wire for the top ( Ceiling )? I want it to look good and also be safe. Thanks
     
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    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I picked up two 48" X 100 ft rolls of 1/2X1" Welded Wire, And I picked up a 150 ft roll of 72" Chicken wire for the top with 1 Inch Holes. Hope this is goo, I know it wasn't cheap.
     
  6. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SO I have the Aviary up, it is 16 W x 20 L x 8.5 H, I have attached a 8 W x 10 L x 8 H coop to one of the 16 FT sides, I'll have a door into the aviary and a door into the coop on the same side, I am only going to put a small opening from coop into aviary. I am doing a Shed type roof which pitches one way.
     
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    furbabymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should for sure go to the peacock forum. They have a lot of awesome aviary's in that. My 4 peacocks are in the barn with all of my other poultry. Even being in a completely wind proof barn I've had problems keeping them warm enough. Keep that in mind.
     
  8. Joe.G

    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of Peafowl do you have? I heard only the Pure green ones have issues with the weather.
     
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    furbabymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    India blues. It was their feet getting frostbite mostly. They told me to make sure the roosts were wide enough and to take out the metal I had stored in there. There are some amazing aviaries there though. You should check them out! I'm free ranging mine so I haven't built an aviary.
     
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    Joe.G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to use 2x4 for the roosts inside and I ll prob use bigger sized tree branches for the outside roost. My Chickens have not had any frost bite issues here.
     

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