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need some ideas for a bird pen

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pidgey104, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    I have 4 cockatils and a pair of conures. I need to move them outside buit don't know what kind of pen to build them. Can some one help. I know I can't put chicken wire on the pen it has to be the little sq wire.
     
  2. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if you want room for them to fly some the pen needs to be long and rectangular with some height to it.

    My aunt used to breed several species of parrots and cockatiels. She had her avariary on her back lanai. One 12 x 12 pen at each end and going along the long wall of the lanai a 6foot wide by 15 foot long pen with nesting boxes.

    With your birds you can pretty much make it any size you want. Just be sure to give them room to fly around (if they are flighted). And of course shelter and such.
     
  3. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    yeah I thought I'll build it off my building which is my house .Which is 20ft by 30 ft. I allready have three chicken pen off one side they are. 12ft by 24ft,8ft by 24ft, and 10ft by 24 ft. I thought about making it off the back. I have a window back there maybe I can build them an inside pen and an outside pen too.
     
  4. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I have an indoor floor to ceiling cage for my 3 cockatiels and 2 parakeets. They seem happy with it, but mostly use the top half. Its 5'x6' and 10 ft high. I built it on a wall with a window which I can open during warmer weather. I got tired of my cats knocking down individual cages, not to mention cleaning them all.

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  5. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    wow thats neat
     
  6. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    Thanks [​IMG] I am really happy with it! The large cage is so much easier and all my birds get along fine.
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow! That is really nice!

    The one thing I would add to an outdoor aviary is one of those little rooms at the end, to keep birds from getting loose. They go by different names. Basically, you go in, close the door behind you and then open the next door, to go inside the aviary. It only has to be big enough for you to stand in, along with whatever you might be carrying, like supplies or a bird carrier/travel cage.

    I think it's a very good idea you have about using hardware cloth.
     
  8. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for that number of birds to thrive and be healthy a small flight pen say 5ft long 4ft high and bout 2 and ahalf ft wide made of plain old hardward cloth should be adequit . put it on legs so it off the ground or on a table or course. cockatiels are flighty but do well in these kinds of spaces and conures are usually pretty content wherever. my family bred all types of exotics for yrs. i think when we finally sold out due to dads health issues we had around 300 various tropicals and such. hope this helps.
     
  9. pidgey104

    pidgey104 Cochins R Us

    Nov 10, 2007
    Panama City ,Florida
    okay I'll try some of that.
     
  10. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    I have an outdoor aviary for my 2 doves, 2 finches, and 2 button quail. It is 4 feet in diameter and over 6 feet high at the peak. The doves dont fly per se, so it is more a flight cage for the 2 finch. The buttons obviously dont fly either.

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    I have been happy with it. I have to winterize it with a heat lamp and a cover in the winter.

    Edit to add: A safety room is a good idea. I dont have one as my doves are very tame, my quail are at the bottom and there is a safety at the bottom for the. My finch spend almost all there time in the peak. I have a safety curtain I can hang over when I open it so that if they happen to fly at me when I go in, they run into the curtain.
     
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