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Hello All

Posted: 11 Jul 2020, 16:47
by graham.lougheed

I am steeping away from what I know as familiar, being Cockatiels, King Quails, Budgerigars, Turquoise Parrots, Zebra Finches and stepping into the colorful world of Gouldian's.

I have been reading and reading, and came across many posts from these forums, googling aviary design ideas, there is so much knowledge here, I had to join, saves on the googling really.

This week has seen me order, 1 x new aviary 3m wide x 1.5m deep x 1.8m high. I have a client who has agreed to build a platform for the new aviary.
After some more posts and more forums, decided to go with the floor in the shelter of Wooden Plastic Composite Interlocking Timber Flooring. a steal on eBay, with free shipping, which is important living regional Victoria.

I had to step out the plans with my wife today, while the aviary itself will be raised, insulated, protected side windows, it will have an attached flight 3m wide x 3.3m deep 2.25m high.

Still undecided if this frame sit on a concrete pad, or bare earth. the back of this aviary will be westerly as to utilize the rear fence of the property as a wind break, I know normally north is best, for sun exposure, health of the birds, there will be a skylight to maximize light inside the enclosure.

So I welcome any and all constructive feedback, and reading more in here.

Plus of the new aviary less lawn to mow ;)



Re: Hello All

Posted: 11 Jul 2020, 22:57
by finchbreeder
I do not see a problem with the avairy facing east, as morning sun is the most important to Gouldians. I would personally go for a natural floor and deep (700mm) foundations and solid wall cladding to the same height. Natural floors are best for finches in my opinion, as long as the rodent proofing is done right. Less grass to remove too, as they will enjoy foraging in it. Enjoy.

Re: Hello All

Posted: 11 Jul 2020, 23:58
by graham.lougheed
Thank you, for the reply, I feel a bit better about the direction placement.
They will have access to the natural floor, as that is my plan for the flight, area, which I also plan to plant our with native grasses and shrubs,
I do plan on 600mm trench, installed rodent wire, and backfilled with concrete to be the foundation for the flight, with a colourbond collar

Re: Hello All

Posted: 12 Jul 2020, 11:30
by finchbreeder
Sounds like you have it pretty much all figured out. :thumbup:

Re: Hello All

Posted: 02 Jan 2021, 13:46
by graham.lougheed
Thought I would take the time to update where I am at, open to any and all opinions!

Getting a tree lopper, was a challenge, that I wasn't expecting, one thing after another, but got it in the end.
So secured a welder I could offer my services to, in a the true nature of bartering, I have my first frame, he now is sorted with his computer needs.

My wife refers to it as the bus shelter, i paid the extra to color match it to the house, to minimize her remarks, didn't help lol. the flight frame is under way, it will be 5.4m in length, 2.4m high, 3m wide.

3mm mouse/snake wire top and bottom of frame.

So here's to finishing this in 2021.

So i can start replacing the existing avaires.

Re: Hello All

Posted: 02 Jan 2021, 20:09
by finchbreeder
Good to see you have been able to get some things done.

Re: Hello All

Posted: 05 Jan 2021, 14:15
by shnapper20
hi graham and welcome, You have a very interesting design , looking forward to watching its progress. john