The big reveal- Cages by MY design!!
Posted 07 November 2010 - 07:31 PM
I have kept this project under wraps until now because I wasn't sure if I was ever going to finish it. I have always loved the look of those "cages by design" cages, but they are so expensive and there are some things about them that I don't think are super practical. Being that my bird cages take up so much space in my house, and that I will have them for many years to come, I decided that I would try to make something nicer and more permanent for them, with "cages by design" as inspiration.
I decided that the easiest and most cost-effective way would be to convert a china cabinet into an aviary. It took me so long to find the right china cabinet for this. I did not want to sacrifice the sizes of their cages at all, so I had to look for a double-wide china cabinet that I could slide their cages right into. I also really wanted them to still have their cage bars so they could climb around on them (unlike the cages by design, which have acrylic panels). I finally found something that would work perfect (with only minor alterations to the existing cages), for $100, but the problem was that it was only the top half of the china cabinet, so I actually had to design and make the base for it myself! First I took all of the glass out of the cabinet (pretty easy job). Then I ordered a mural background of a misty jungle, and then glued that to the back of the cabinet (non-toxic glue of course). I installed some full spectrum lighting at the top of the cabinet and put that onto a timer so that it comes on certain times of the day. Slid the cages right in and secured them. The front doors of the cabinet are really just for aesthetics, they open up and then from there I can open up the cages/replace food and water/ clean etc.
I did put a lot of thought into the safety of this, and I think I have it pretty well bird-proofed. Oliver and Lucy have been living in their new habitats now for a couple of weeks and I think they love it- especially the full spectrum lighting!
Here are the pics! I am so glad I actually went though and finished this project. Not only do I enjoy the look of their cages a lot more and feel like they are more of a permanent fixture in my home, but I think the birds really enjoy it too- and that's the important part!
Thanks for looking,
Posted 07 November 2010 - 08:15 PM
Then a home was needed for Cody-male U2:i.batan: & Newton-male OWA:i.ao:
After a long break I retiered and started reading CL-so many broken birds needing homes; Merlin-male M2:i.kuruma: Buddy/Don Juan-male YNA:i.kieri:, Kona-male GW:i.beni: & now Newly adopted-Ping-female OWA:i.ao:
R.I.P Stellia, BFA :i.ao:(a Petco casualty.) Rocky-male U2:i.batan:(mutilator), Pong-male OWA:i.ao:(~30) over the rainbow bridge
Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:43 AM
Rembrandt "Remi" - 7 year old male white bellied caique :wbc:
Tiki - 1 year old male?? white bellied caique :wbc:
Lily - 1 year old female goffin's cockatoo :i.batan:
Many thanks to Renae for the adorable signature picture!
Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:51 AM
Hungrybird- I considered just taking apart the cages and cutting the bars down to fit inside the windows and sides of the cabinet, but this would leave the wood inside open to chewing etc. Not to mention the exposed lightbulbs at the top. I have no idea what kind of wood it is and what it is treated with, so I decided to just keep the cages intact and slide them into the cabinet, this way the birds cannot reach anything beyond their cage bars. The only thing I did do to the cages was remove the back from them (so you can see the mural better) and wedged them tightly against the back mural so that there is no gap. I also had to use a dremel to smooth down the sharp edges on the bars resulting from the modifications. Luckily my boyfriend works with metal a lot and was able to help me out
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