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How big should you go with your Bird Aviary?

On a small scale, they can be a handy way to teach your children about responsibility and environmental influence. On a large scale, they can boost your income without too much labour on your part.

Sometimes, people are wary of keeping domestic birds. There are two main reasons for this unease – the noise and the smell. Both these challenges can be resolved if you give your birds the right type of housing, and at Col Western Sheds, bird aviaries are among our specialities.

Birds are generally loud, but if they are comfortable, their cackling reduces significantly. They need to have enough space to move around and find their own special nesting spots. They also require adequate ventilation, so that they do not feel crowded or overheated.

Col Western Sheds come in different variations. You can have the front and sides made with a combination of wire and steel. Alternatively, you can have a front that’s made exclusively of wire. The style that you choose will depend on your personal taste and needs.

Aviaries not only keep birds comfortable, they also keep them safe from predators. You can order a Col Western aviary that has a raised base to keep mice out. These aviaries also have steel sheets to prevent other rodents like weasels from climbing into the bird house.

These protective features will keep your birds calmer, knowing that dangerous animals can’t get at them, and being safe will keep your birds quieter. Our aviaries usually have a solid steel roof. This keeps the rain out and keeps the birds in. The roof is designed in a way to maintain a suitable temperature. If you’d rather have a wire roof, we can adjust it for free.


How Big Should You Yo With Your Bird Aviary


When you install a bird aviary, you need to make sure it’s stable at ground level. To make this happen, you need to seal the base of the bird shed on the inside. First, lay a concrete slab on the ground. Then, place the shed on top of the slab, and use a layer of silicone to seal the aviary on the inside. The silicone must always be laid on the inside of the shed.

Col Western Sheds can advise you on how to seal your aviary, but it’s not part of our installation service. So when you’re thinking about how big your aviary should be, consider the size of a slab that your space and soil texture can accommodate. The slab should exceed the base of the shed by at least 100mm all round.

Our available shed sizes are 1.57m by 1.7m, and they and go up to 4.64m by 2.45m. The height of our sheds is always 1.84m, which is ideal for ventilation and comfort. As a rough estimate, if you’re keeping flight birds like finches, you can accommodate a pair of birds in 3 to 4 square feet.

For chicken, start with no more than 20 hens for every square metre of floor space, but that’s only if you have several tiers in your aviary. If you have a single storey wire aviary, stay with 7 to 9 hens per square metre. And if you’d like to get into a little more detail, call us on 4632 4222.


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