Best Practices for Heating an Outdoor Bird Aviary

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Hi. We’re installing an out door aviary on our screened & covered porch. The size is 8x8x9 and it will house 2 blue and gold macaws. I found the perfect rope perches at windy city parrot. 
Now I hope you can help me select the right heat source. We live in north Mississippi so extreme cold isn’t a problem; winter temps are 30s-40s most nights. Do you recommend the avitemp infrared head lamps? If so, how many for the space?


Hi Anne
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Yes, I would recommend 2 – 3 Infra red heat elements placed every 2 – 3 feet at the top of the aviary.
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The 10” reflectors with ceramic sockets would work best as they won’t poke out of the end of the reflectors and will provide more heat as it’s a larger diameter.
 I would suspend these NO CLOSER than 18” from the top of the bird’s heads where they perch. Not from the perches but from the bird’s heads.
Hope this helps.
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Gary’s small bird aviary for finches & Canaries
How do I protect my floor with a walk in aviary?

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. Out door aviaries have 2 features these do not1) A roof – Helps to protect the birds from harsh direct sunlight and the elements)

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Galvanized Metal – Many of the out door aviaries on the market today use galvanized metal. Galvanizedmetal 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 out side and cover it with a tent or shed!


He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.