Our solution is a simple roll of sheet vinyl (usually sold in 6’6″ wide rolls at your local home improvement store).
Cut the vinyl about 12″ wider AND longer than the walk-in aviary. You may have to overlap a seam for the bigger units.
Place the oversized sheet in the aviary (before you put in the birds) and slit the four inside corners.
You should now have a covered floor and 6-inch high seed guards inside the aviary.
We’d appreciate a picture of your solution
Using an indoor walk-in aviary – out of doors
The arched roof of an old wooden bird aviary, in San Diego California.
Q: Can I use this as an outdoor aviary?
A: Sure-kind of maybe. Aviaries from AE are designed for indoor use. Outdoor aviaries have 2 features these do not1) A roof – Helps to protect the birds from harsh direct sunlight and the elements)
Galvanized Metal – Many of the outdoor aviaries on the market today use galvanized metal.
Galvanized metal has been coated with zinc oxide (prior to powder coating). The zinc is what prevents rust.
We’re not comfortable selling you a cage that has been coated with zinc.
Given that, there’s no reason you couldn’t place it outside and cover it with a tent or shed!
Questions about an outdoor budgie aviary
Hoping you can give me some insight.
I have an 8 ft round(ish) aviary (that I bought from you folks 10 years ago).
I live in No. Calif.
It is outdoors and sits on a deck. It is home to about 40+ English budgies.
During the winter, I keep it wrapped with a combination of clear vinyl, faux ivy with “windshield” backing and mini blinds.
I use ceramic heating elements at night.
The lamps are attached to the aviary walls, fairly close to the roof, aimed at the various perches.
When I originally purchased the bulbs from Avitech, they said they were: l) good for outdoor use, 2) didn’t heat the air, but was absorbed into the bird’s bodies and 3) number of lamps needed was based on the number of birds they were to warm.
BUT, no one could give me a definite answer as to how many were needed.
I used to use 2 lamps, and a space heater.
But I would often find lots of molted feathers and thought it might be too warm (and the heater cost a fortune to run).
So, now I am up to 5 of the 150-watt lamps when temps get in the 30s. Am I on the right track here?
Do I have enough lamps or too many?
The birds seem fine….always chirping and active. One last (perhaps) silly question…..is there a difference between the $29 Avitemp lamp and the much cheaper BYB lamps?
Thank you for any light you can shine on this query, Kathy
First, Avitech is no longer in business.
They simply resold the heat lamps from a particular source.
We offer many infrared ceramic heat bulbs that are significantly lower in price and can be found here.
I’m wondering aloud if the 150s might be putting out too much heat?
You may want to replace a couple with 50 watts or 75 watts, then go into the aviary and use your hands and body to ensure you are providing “pockets of heat” for the several clusters of budgies most likely forming around the walls of the aviary.
The heater should be close to one wall so as to reflect heat.
We have 10 budgies in an indoor aviary and offer perches and shelving lower in the cage for “me” time.
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