Our website offers building instructions for a number of different bird aviaries. But with this article, we’ll be focusing on those who want to know how to build a parrot aviary.
A larger size is needed for parrot aviaries over normal aviaries since they themselves are much larger than the average bird. With this increased bird size also comes more strength, intelligence and curiosity – so more durable and resistant building materials are needed.
Construction blueprints and designs also vary greatly for indoor vs outdoor parrot aviaries. Because of these many different requirements, shop bought parrot aviaries can be very expensive and so many bird owners opt to build their very own parrot aviary.
Below is a list of some common parrots that won’t fit into normal aviaries and will need specially built parrot aviaries:
African Grey Parrots
Parrot Aviary ‘How To’ Construction Tips
The first and perhaps most important point to consider is the size of the aviary. You’ll want the parrot to be able to flap its wings and fly for at least a short duration. Otherwise the muscles on a parrot can atrophy and they can end up very unhealthy and miserable. If you already have some type of bird cage then a cheaper option may be to extend the existing bird cage by attaching a flight cage to it.
Parrots are also one of the most intelligent types of birds around. So they can get very bored if the inside of an aviary doesn’t have perches, some types of greenery and toys that they can play with. If you have a bare, empty aviary, then a parrot may end up depressed and might start picking away at its own feathers. You also want the aviary to be constructed so that it is easy to clear the floor of any bird waste.
Not necessarily a bird construction tip, but definitely consider placing certain species of parrots in pairs. Otherwise these birds can get very lonely when you aren’t giving them enough attention.
Parrot Aviary Building Materials
Parrots have very strong claws and beaks that can harm humans, crack open nuts and rip apart wires and wood. An escaped bird is a very difficult thing to catch and so it is necessary to build the aviary properly from the start. Extra strong wire is needed in a parrot aviary since they have such strong beaks. The wood should also be thicker than normal and hardwoods are recommended in construction over softwoods. The same can be said for any wooden panels used in construction, although metal of course can be more durable.
Finally you’ll want to be following some proper parrot aviary plans, blueprints and instructions. If interested, we recommend checking out our “How To Build An Aviary” construction guide that will offer you plans for both indoor and outdoor parrot aviaries. Click here to find out more.
Different bird owners need different aviary designs. The firstand most important decision you will make is whether it will be an indoor or outdoor aviary.
The advantages of outdoor aviary designs are that they can be larger than indoor aviaries and ventilation isn’t much of a problem. The disadvantages however is that if you live in a cold climate then you need to consider heating and providing greater protection against vermin and predators. Stronger wiring is also necessary to prevent escape.
If you have an indoor aviary inside your home then you don’t usually need to worry about heating. It’s also easier to gain access to the birds, to look after and clean them. You can hold and play with your birds without fear of escape (just make sure all the windows and doors are closed). The disadvantages of indoor aviaries are that you need to think about ventilation more carefully. They can also be noisey and they can give off a slight smell if you don’t clean them regularly like you should.
Similar to indoor aviaries, a bird room is when you convert an entire room in house for the purpose of looking after birds. With this design it’s important that you have access to a windows which face the sun so that the birds have an idea of what time of day it is. The window is also important for keeping the birds ventilated. Some bird fanciers use bird rooms to keep a set of bird cages for breeding purposes along with a small flight cage inside to give the birds exercise. Other bird owners will open up the whole space allowing the birds free flight across the room.
Triangular Shaped Aviary
This aviary design is perhaps one of the cheapest and easiest to construct. It’s similar to many of the chicken coop designs that are available. Shaped as a triangular prism, this form of aviary has an indoor enclosure, next to which is attached a flight cage. The disadvantages of these are that the triangular shape is difficult for a person to move around in, and it doesn’t give the birds as much room to fly in as a normal rectangular shaped aviary does.
Walk In Aviary Design
Walk in aviary designs usually have a double door, especially if it is an outdoor walk in aviary. This double door prevents any escape by the birds. It works because before entry into the second door is used, the first door is closed. Of course the major advantage of walk in aviary designs is that you can touch and hold your birds if you need to. When you train them to become familiar with this activity you can teach them to feed out of the palm of your hand.
Artistic Styled Aviaries
Decorative aviary designs are beautiful to look at, and some people buy them as furniture, without holding birds in them at all! Old and antique bird cages are particularly popular items to purchase. However, if you’re buying them for the purposes of holding birds then remember to consider functionality first, instead of their aesthetic appeal. You and your birds will welcome the decision later on when you have to clean and maintain the aviary.
Ultra Large Aviaries
I doubt you’ll be building one of these, but I thought I’d include it anyway. Super-sized aviaries are usually built for zoos and special bird parks. They can be the size of buildings, with great poles and masks holding up the netting. They usually hold a variety of exotic species and have several bird keepers maintaining them.
Ever since the Egyptians, birds have been a popular pet. Whether it’s a friendly finch or a talking parrot, you’ll find a variety of pet birds spread across the globe. The iconic budgie is perhaps the best known amongst them and is very small and friendly in nature. But there are many varieties to choose from including the canary, which was originally used to detect harmful gases in the mines but has now been breed into a range of beautiful colors.
No matter which species you choose. A bird fancier will usually start off with just a single bird, which will be kept in a small bird cage. However, it won’t take long before the owner decides to get more birds and find himself a more spacious aviary.
An aviary has many benefits over the small bird cage. Most importantly, it’s much more natural for the bird. Birds are built to fly and placing them inside a small cage where they cannot is not good for a bird’s physical health or emotional happiness. Many bird fanciers will notice a remarkable difference in their birds once they have transferred them into a new aviary.
Aviaries are also more spacious and fun. The extra space allows you to increase the number of birds you own and walk in aviaries allow you to get some real contact with your birds. In fact, many bird enthusiasts will manage to tame their birds so well that they’ll be feeding from the palm of their hands and perching on their shoulders.
However, the problem with aviaries is that they are usually very expensive to buy. It’s not uncommon to spend several hundred or even thousand dollars purchasing an aviary. What’s more, these bought aviaries are usually just assembly kits which you need to construct anyway. Because of this, people who buy an aviary often feel like they are just being overcharged to buy materials at excessive prices
Luckily there is a better option and that’s to build an aviary yourself. Choosing this will massively reduce your costs, saving you hundreds of dollars in the process. All you’ll need is some simple aviary plans or aviary designs and some basic tools.
It’s also easier than you think as an aviary can be built in a weekend if you have the correct instructions. You only need the most basic of tools and materials to get yourself started and you can also customise an aviary to suit your very own needs, something that can’t be done with a store bought option. In fact, I think you’d be surprised at what you might accomplish if you were to decide to build an aviary.
If you’re interested in learning how to build your own aviary then you should check out the “How to Build An Aviary” guide which contains detailed step-by-step instructions how to create you very own aviary, click here to find out more.