what do you think of my aviary?
Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:35 AM
outdoor in the tropics where it can receive sunlight, and definitely planted.
the plants would consist of those non poisonous ones such as:
- rose moss (portulaca)
- spider lily / spider plant
- and some rosemary to help repel mosquitoes...
what do you think? they're all safe plants right?
and i'm also wondering what would be the best roof? i'd like one that is transparent, so sunlight can still penetrate and let plants photosynthesize, but also protects the aviary from rain... what material would be best?
Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:55 PM
it appears the area i'll be building receives few sunlight...
i think each meter will only receive sun for 3 hours more or less, so:
the plants will be:
- grasses (again)
- song of india (dracaena reflexa)
- dragon tree / red margined dracaena (dracaena marginata)
- spider plant and ferns (again)
- passiflora (passion flower)
- and maybe i would spread some vegetable seeds too
i've checked through many different sources, and these plants are much more guaranteed in terms of safety.
as for shades, those plants are already in the form of decent trees so i'll let the birds shade themselves.
FYI, the birds i'm housing are canaries... i'll put my dwarf rabbit there (of course the trees are protected so rabbits can't gnaw on them).
maybe there's another kind of bird i could add?
Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:01 PM
But my aviary has been updated again! This time: neater, cleaner, easier to care for!
there's less sunshine in here, so the plants are mostly dracaenas,
which are easy to care and does not require much light or water.
there's no winter where i live, so they can stay outdoors all the time.
tell me what you think!
Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:46 AM
The size sounds great for a cage. Depending on the type of birds you're going to put in it, it might be too small for a flight.
You probably want half of it covered with an opaque material to give your birds a chance to get out of the sun.
You also want to consider keeping animals from being able to burrow into the aviary from under the sides.
You want to keep animals from being able to reach your birds through the cage materials. Don't hang perches from the sides for this very reason.
You want it to be cleanable. Too many natural plants will make it impossible to keep clean.
Lastly, you want to keep mosquitos away from your birds, so some type of screening would be necessary. Mosquitos carry the West Nile virus.
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