Conceptualize the aviary
New residence, new aviary! It goes without saying that setting up a new home means setting up a new living area for my parrots. The idea is not to rely on a model but to take into account the needs of the parrots, as well as our own.
Each house is unique; each configuration has its own and you have to expect to have to make compromises. So I approach the installation of my birds with the concepts in mind:
- protection of elements
- occupation and activities during the day, i.e. enrichment
- an interesting and varied diet
- isolation from the rest of the house for sleep ( always keeping in mind that we aim for 10/12 hours of sleep )
- and of course accessibility to the rest of the house because you don’t have to spend all day in your aviary!
The compromise I had to make this time was to find a mixed residence in the commercial sector to allow me to open my school ( don’t worry, Philippe promised me for the fall ). Which forced me to have an aviary smaller than I would have liked. I, therefore, furnished it well with a lot of hawthorn wood ( washed, disinfected, and without the thorns, see my texts safe wood and trees, a souvenir of our old property ) and colorful toys. I hope thus to force enrichment by compensating for the loss of space ( aviary level, because they still have access to the rest of the house ).
I also give myself the chance to make changes since, for the moment, the wall protection material ( plastic ) does not seem as resistant as I had anticipated …
Photos of the aviary … concretely
Overview of the aviary and some of its new tenants.
I reproduced the climbing walls of my previous aviary which had been very successful.
It’s a familiar element to my birds that helps them find their bearings in this new environment.
When the birds get tired of a toy, they can turn and take a bite of the wall.
Quita always fond of nuts of all kinds and her inseparable interactive “Birdy Plunk” dispenser. Interactive, because animated by my hand and the beak of Quita …
When it does not bite nuts, it destroys rope, wooden blocks, and leather thongs.
I maintain lighting with full-spectrum neon lights, three double sets for the aviary.
The buckets follow in order: a) water b) mixture of seeds, nuts, and dried fruits 3) homemade lunch.
Parrots appreciate the tips of perching branches that allow them to quickly fly away. Manifestation of the instinct of prey (see ” Behavioral tripolarity and” The flight of the parrot “); even Étienne, who can no longer fly, occupies the highest position …
It doesn’t appear in the photo, but I have to re-string this perch several times a year since shredding rope is a popular activity for my parrots. Like what, we cannot know in advance which toy or accessory will become a favorite!
Sleeping perch …
Glamorous perch, the choice is yours!
Unless you have down-to-earth concerns. The other favorite toy of the aviary is the junction of the plastic which covers the walls and the door. The photo above shows the arrival of the birds in the aviary, the photo below shows the state of the place a few weeks later. Philippe will have to repair everything and use his favorite plexiglass to protect the place …
Even if the aviary is not large, we can always book a tête-à-tête!
… under the watchful eyes of friends!
Enjoy the view, because at the moment everything is still new.
What ? what is going on ??
When the ropes, walls, and toys will have fallen under the beak of my parrots, it will be necessary to move on to the stage which follows the wonder, the household !!!
For now, it’s time to leave the aviary and leave it to their rightful residents!