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How to Build Your Own Budgie Aviary


parakeetA Budgerigar is known by many names, including budgie and parakeet. These highly recognizable birds can be found in pet stores around the world, but Australia is the only country where you’ll find them living in the wild. Budgies are easy to care for, and can be kept inside or outside, but they may prefer the comfort of being outdoors, especially on warm days. Budgies do not like direct sunlight, so make sure to plan your outdoor aviary in a place that has lots of shade.

Supplies:

Measuring Tape, Spray Paint, Shovel, 2 by 2 pine lumber, Saw, Wood screws, Drill, Concrete, Two hinges, Hook and eye closure, Wire mesh, Staple gun, Metal roofing, Metal shears

Step 1:

Locate an area that provides both sunlight and shade, but do not place your aviary under a tree. Unfortunately, trees provide great shade, but they’re also home to red mites. The mites may fall off the tree and infest your aviary. Measure an area that is 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. Use your spray paint to mark this area.

Step 2:

Level the space with your shovel. It’s essential that the aviary be placed on flat ground, so use your shovel to remove any dirt mounds that may be creating an uneven space.

Step 3:

Measure and saw four pieces of lumber. Cut two pieces to measure 6 feet long and two more pieces to measure 3 feet long.

Step 4:

Screw the longer pieces to the shorter pieces to create a rectangular box. Then, place that box overtop the rectangle you created with spray paint.

Step 5:

Pour concrete evenly into the rectangular box and allow it to dry for at least 12 hours.

Step 6:

Measure and saw two more rectangles using the pine lumber, your drill, and a handful of screws.

Step 7:

Lay one rectangular box on top of the concrete-filled box you previously created.

Step 8:

Measure and saw six pieces of the pine lumber to be 6 feet long. Stand these pieces up, in the vertical position, one at each of the four corners of the concrete pad. Use your screws to secure these pieces to the concrete pad. You should have two remaining 6 feet long lumber pieces. Measure 3 feet into the front and screw a lumber piece there, and then screw the final piece 3 feet into the back. Then, place the remaining rectangle box at the very top, securing it to the vertical lumber with your screws.

Step 9:

Measure and saw two lumber pieces that are 32 inches long. Cut another four pieces to 33 inches long. Screw the smaller pieces into the edges of the case, in a horizontal position, ensuring they’re approximately 34 inches off the ground. The remaining four pieces should be placed horizontally, approximately 34 inches off the ground, and screwed into the front and back of the cage, between each of the vertically placed supports.

Step 10:

Saw two pieces of lumber to 30 inches long. Saw three more pieces to 32 inches. As before, screw two of each of the pieces together to create a rectangular box. This box will act as your aviary’s entrance. Position it where you feel most comfortable, but ensure one edge is adjacent to a support beam. Screw two hinges into both the door and the adjacent support beam. Just underneath the door, secure the remaining piece to the bottom of your aviary, screwing it into of the bottom wooden box. Attach the eye to the support beam and the hook to the adjacent edge of the door.

Step 11:

Measure and cut two pieces of the wire mesh. Each piece should measure 6 feet high and 6 feet wide. Using your staple gun, attach the wire mesh to the front and back of your aviary. Also attach the mesh to the interior frame of your door, as well as around the surround support beams. Cut around the door with your wire cutters, to ensure the door opens and closes naturally.

Step 12:

Cut a 7 feet long and 4 feet wide piece of metal roofing using your metal shears. Center this roofing at the top of your aviary, screwing it into the wooden box to secure it.

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